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Electioneering in Sarajevo

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I woke up at 5.30 AM that morning, unable to get back to sleep. I decided to head outdoors and get some long exposures of the city–I always find there is something enchanting about a city waking up. I set my tripod right across the National Bank, a beautiful building that was even more captivating in the wee hours. Of …

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A memorial to all

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At the centre of Sarajevo, at the corner of Marshall Tito Str. and the pedestrian zone, I saw the Eternal Flame (Vječna Vatra).  It is a memorial dedicated to those who fought with the Yugoslav National Army during World War II, dated 6 April 1946–the 1st anniversary of the liberation of Sarajevo. One night I took a walk downtown with my friend and …

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Where do the children play

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Right in the heart of Sarajevo there is a monument dedicated to the children who died during the siege. It is meant to represent an unfinished sand pyramid–children’s play abruptly interrupted by death. I have passed by the park every day for almost a week now until one morning I saw a little boy playing with his toy car on the …

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A symphony of prayers

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I heard the call to prayer for the first time in my life in Sarajevo. It was dusk and I had joined the Next Level Bosnia team up in the terrace of the hotel. We were all engaged in lively talk and jokes, admiring a wonderful view of the sunset when I heard it. It started from up high, or at …

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The tower

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I see this TV tower every day from the terrace of the hotel I’m staying. For a minute I stop thinking about history, hardships, hopes and aspirations, social problems or progress. It’s only a tower overlooking Sarajevo, one of those things you may find in any city – beautiful at night, often lost among clouds, constantly broadcasting. Share

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And then, in Sarajevo, the shot was fired.

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Most of the buildings of the city have been reconstructed, however, they still bear evidence of tragic stories. A shot can be many different things, but here, in Sarajevo, a shot seems to have just one meaning: that moment in time  when Archduke Franz Ferdinand gasped and said his final words – “Es ist nichts”, “it’s nothing”. The buildings have …

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Caught between empires

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My first afternoon in Sarajevo was quiet. I met the Next Level Bosnia team members, took a nap after an unreasonably long trip and hang out at the hotel terrace with a wonderful view of the city. I was told that the hills where full of snipers during the war, firing at the city. There are still minefields up there …

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Landing in Sarajevo

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I was nine years old when the siege of Sarajevo started. I remember hearing all about it on the news, not quite grasping what it was all about. War is a terrifying notion for a kid;  sadly, as we grow up we get accustomed to hearing about it on the news or even discussing about the politics of war with …

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Farewell, Summer

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As of today summer is over. While it lasted, it provided me with plenty of opportunities for photographic experimentation, which resulted in a multitude of nightscapes stored in my hard drive. Although probably not my best shots, I thought it would be suiting to bid adieu to these past two months of contemplation and relaxation with one of these tokens of …