The Faces of the People Who Believe Their Party Is Going to Take Control of Romania
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The Faces of the People Who Believe Their Party Is Going to Take Control of Romania

Like in America and the UK, Romanian voters also seem to want things to be like they imagine they were in the past.
08 December 2016, 12:00am

Silviu Timofte, a candidate for Romanian Parliament

This Sunday, legislative elections will be held in Romania. Like the outcome of the American election and the Brexit referendum showed, voters are also looking for a change – but it's a stale, nostalgic kind of change. Voters want things to be like they imagine they were in the past. That's no different in Romania.

Being a photographer, I've spent the past few months attending the rallies of different political parties in Romania, looking for a common aesthetic among people who hope to take power and the people who support them. I took the pictures below in November, at a rally of the People's Movement Party in Arad, in West Romania. The party is relatively new – this is the first time they run in a legislative election – but its founder and leader is very familiar with Romanian politics. Traian Băsescu served as President of Romania from 2004 to 2014, and he now hopes to become Prime Minister. He was considered a controversial leader, yet that didn't stop hundreds of people from showing up to the rally to show their support.

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Traian Băsescu, former president of Romania and leader of the People's Movement Party

Two ladies who came to see the former president

The man on the right is a parliamentary candidate in these elections

Women in traditional Romanian garb came to greet the former president

The former Romanian president socialising with a young boy. He was accused of hitting a child during his mayoral campaign

A local party leader and his bodyguard

A supporter

Florin Remețan, leader of the local chapter of the People's Movement Party

Eugen Tomac, executive president of the party

A parliamentary candidate

Petru Gherman, another parliamentary candidate