The exhibition titled ‘Romania, People and Places,’ which includes photographs taken by the Romanian photographers Sorin Onisor and Bogdan Comanescu, opened on Monday evening at the headquarters of the European Commission in Brussels, European Commissioner for Agriculture Dacian Ciolos, Romania’s Ambassador to Belgium Stefan Tinca, managers of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Brussels as well as numerous participants attending, Agerpres informs. In the 40 pictures displayed at the above-mentioned exhibition the two Romanian artists make the public see the extraordinary expressiveness of common people, the genuineness of rural life and fascinating stories of people living in some isolated or archaic places in Romania. The two photographers thus wanted to shock people, to make them sensitive to and aware of their own values, of the gratitude to be alive and the enthusiasm to experience life in a different way. ‘This is an exhibition included in the events I have been trying to promote since I have been in Brussels, it should at least allow people working on the European Commission, but also the ones crossing the lobby of the European Commission day by day to see Romania differently from what they see on the TV or from what they read in newspapers or the tourist guides they consult,’ said European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development Dacian Ciolos, the host of the event mentioned before. According to him, the exhibition is art taken directly from the daily reality, from what we can still experience in rural areas of Romania today. ‘And besides the sense of artistry, very much humaneness is to be seen in these photographs, both the humaneness of people featured in photographs, but especially of the ones that took them and, besides landscapes, tried to direct attention to the man, who changes the Romanian rural environment into a dynamic and specific environment,’ said Ciolos. Bogdan Comanescu said that he wanted to show people visiting the exhibition his pride in Romania, his enthusiasm for Romanian traditions. Sorin Onisor was designated photographer of the year in 2010 by the Association of Romanian Art Photographers and was named the photographer of the Romanian village. Bogdan Comanescu started studying photography while living in Germany, but came back to Romania.