A new renaissance can be felt now, foreign tourists appear again.
Lake Balaton is the biggest lake in Central Europe.
Young boy is watching the coming storm.
Waves around Tihany Peninsula.
A man swims in Lake Balaton wearing an old fashioned plastic wallet typical of the region.
During the 1960s and '70s, it was a major tourist destination for working class Hungarians and people from the eastern Bloc. It also served as a meeting point for eastern and Western Germans who were seperated by the Berlin Wall until 1989 but could still travel and meet here.
All portraits are photographed within the same background of water and sky, floating in timelessness.
An inflatable lounge in Lake Balaton.
The lake’s reflective surface serves as a giant mirror of Hungary’s sky.
The peak summer season extends from June until the end of August.
The average depth of Balaton is about 3.2 meters (10 ft).
Balaton, the Hungarian Sea
This long-term project is about Lake Balaton, biggest lake in Central Europe. The pictures show its Central European flavour that is fading day by day because of cultural changes. It used to be a cultic lake, during the 1960s and 1970s, it was a major tourist destination for working class Hungarian people; but on the other hand it attracted the Eastern Block, all the people from the former Communist countries. It also served as a meeting point for Eastern and Western Germans who were separated by the Berlin Wall until 1990, but they could still travel and meet here. After the collapse of Communism, the region become less popular, slowly gained a broken-down-looking, only visited by Hungarians. However, a new renaissance can be felt nowadays, foreign tourists appeared again; but the old charm can still be experienced.