From the Middle Ages until the early 20th century the town of Turda in Transylvania,Romania was famous for its salt mining industry. By 1932 the mines were closed but thanks to financial aid from the European Union in 2009 they were renovated. On the perimeters of Turda are waterfilled salt quarries and mud flats where the elderly locals come to bathe. The clay treatments are used to ease the effects of degenerative rheumatic conditions in preparation for the bitterly cold winter months. The fall of Ceaușescu's regime and the subsequent end of Communism in Romania is celebrated in Turda. Nikolai, an 80-year-old Turda resident, is one of many locals standing uninhibited, bare-chested and beaming in the 28-degree heat. "Ceaușescu removed the
bars and theatres. He removed our community. Then we were suddenly free. We didn't know what to do, so we went to the salt flats.”
Emily Garthwaite is a London based photojournalist and street photographer with a focus on humanitarian and environmental stories. Her fearlessness & craft as a photographer fused with her sheer love of people has cemented her skill as one of the most important storytellers of her generation.