“Croatia, Bosnia Erzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Grecia. Florence the point of departure, Istanbul the destination. This is my journey to reach Turkey. I crossed these Balkan countries, discovering cultural and territorial differences. All the contrasts of the countries crossed narrate lands with a recent difficult history marked with deep wounds, but also with recent signs of revival. I tried to gather the road covered. This is not reportage: it isn’t a collection recognizable and iconic elements of the collective consciousness of these countries. All the photographs might be taken anywhere, but what is important is that they represented a here and now.This project is not an objective witness. It’s more my personal vision, a dreamlike interpretation. It’s a subjective view of someone who travels to experience instead of describe, who uses photography to imagine and not to testify.”
Image and text courtesy of Simone Padelli from his series “Montenegro”.
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