Combo #596 (Kim Morris)

By on May 14, 2018
Lens:  Americana 
Film:  Love 81 
Flash:  Triple Crown 


"Croatia, Bosnia and Slovenia lived in my childhood memory as a war torn region that used to be Yugoslavia. Since then, images of Roman ruins, minarets and coastal islands started to live next to those old memories. What I found was mountains of history and people dealing with the past, but looking towards the future.
Croatia is vibrant, and its coastline is flooded with tourists. In the city of Split, people still live and work in a Diocletian’s Palace, built in the year 305 for the retired Roman emperor. There was even a disco in the basement in the 70’s, before it became a UNESCO site. (Can you imagine??? I can!)
Bosnia is as beautiful and wild as it is tragic. While enjoying a Bosanska Kafah in a Han in Sarajevo, I felt a sense of community, peace and relaxation. Driving from Sarajevo to Mostar, I saw massive farm fields filled with fresh white stakes. It wasn’t until I got closer that I realized they were, in fact, grave markers. The shock pushed out of me like a fever. I can’t think about it without feeling deep sadness. Mass graves from the ethnic cleansing were discovered as late as 2017.
Slovenia is small, green, mountainous and full of caves and dragons. Ljubljana’s Castle looks down on a city that has been the crossroad between east and west for millennia.
The combination of the Americana lens, Love 81 film and Triple Crown flash accentuated the richness and vibrancy that springs up from the soil of the Balkan region and the soul of the people who call these countries home. I tried other combos, but this one shows how I felt."

Kim Morris

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