Cats, Dogs and Architectural Photography in Bucharest

Cats, dogs and architectural photography in Bucharest (©Valentin Mandache)

One of the joys of doing architectural photography in a place like Bucharest is encountering a multitude of inquisitive cats and usually taciturn dogs. They are stray animals or pets left to roam about town. The old city quarters still retain a patriarchal atmosphere and tolerant attitude concerning the stray cats and dogs, inherited from the times of the erstwhile Ottoman Empire. A few times I had to face awkward  situation when encountering packs of suspicious or aggressive dogs, but I invariably managed to avoid trouble by having a common sense approach and taking into account their territoriality. I snapped a few photographs with subjects from those almost always enjoyable encounters, which I grouped in the above photomontage and the slide show just bellow the text. I hope you would enjoy these images- “by-products” of my architectural photography work :).

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