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Silver gelatin prints: Nico 2011 > 2018
Nicu in 2011
The first time we met in 2011.
Nearly everyone in the tunnels takes a drug called Aurolac, or ‘Punga’ (bag) as they call it themselves. A silver paint.
This is how I often saw Nicu, just outside the north train-station in Bucharest. Usually high from the aurolac.
Missing / wanted
The flyer that was distributed by the local Orphanage in June 2013. A place Nicu did not want to go back to.
'Catch me if you can'
Nicu climbing a statue close to the entrance of the tunnels. Punga in hand.
2014. Nicu going into the tunnels to rest.
Nicu in the hospital. Diagnosed with hiv/aids/tbc. Blood transfusions.
Nicu gets help from a local saint / NGO, Raluca Pahomi. Dinner time.
Nicu recovering slowly
Nicu still visits the stray dogs at the station. He knows all the dogs in the area by name.
2018 - most recent photo
To date the most recent photo I shot of Nicu in the autumn of 2018