by Gheorghe Popa
Gheorghe Popa is a photographer from Transylvania, Romania, whose work has been published in National Geographic, Natuurfotografie Magazine, Elements Magazine, and On Landscape. He is the recipient of several international awards, including the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year (Mention) and the European Wildlife Photographer of the Year.
In 1977, over four hundred families living in Geamăna village in the Apuseni Mountains of western Romania were evacuated to make room for a tailings pond for the country’s largest copper mine. Forty years later, Romanian photographer Gheorghe Popa captured the effects of the toxic runoff, a strange beauty at the heart of an ecological disaster.