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Mostar: Journey in Time

In the last several series’ about Mostar I focussed on the war thorn past of the city. While the past conflicts are still vivid and can by seen when wandering the streets one should not dismiss the long history of Mostar as an Ottoman town. The historic buildings are situated in a scenic way alongside the river with the well known bridge of Mostar, which was rebuilt after the war entirely, marking the center. It’s also the place where the well known tradition of bridge jumping takes place. There are several beautiful mosques, paying tribute to the Islamic belief still followed by the people living in this part of the town. Walking the old town of Mostar truly feels like a journey in time.

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Revisiting Lisboa Pt. I

During a winter few years ago I had the privilege to live in Lisboa (Lisbon), Portugal. Working a full time job I had the weekends off to discover the city, trying to capture the colours and the spirit of Lisboa on camera. I published the results on this website between late 2014 and early 2015. You’ll find a collection of the series’ right here. My piece about Azulejos, the traditional craft of manufacturing ceramic tiles, is still one of the most clicked articles on this website.

So two months ago I got to get back to the wonderful capital of Portugal once again for a few days and I fell in love again. As I used to do I took my camera bag and roamed freely around the city once again, revisiting parts of the town I already new but also discovering new places like the Convento di Carmo, an abandoned church I haven’t been to before. Of course you never take the same shot twice, there is always a new angle, a new perspective and in this case also a new camera and new lenses.

It felt like a direct continuations of what I did a couple of years before, like I would never have been away really. Also the weather was just perfect for photography in these last days of Iberian summer. I’ve spend some time to curate the new shots and make them into a couple of new series’, which I will release little by little during the following months.

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If these walls could talk, Sniper Tower Pt. II

This ist the second of a two part series about the Sniper Tower in Mostar, Bosnia i Hercegovina. You’ll find the first series with basic information right here.

Getting into the Sniper Tower might be quite tricky, but it’s worth it. From the main square turn to the left ally and follow it to the end of the building, then go around the corner and right here there should be some stone blocks enabling you to cross the wall and enter into the eerie site. I highly recommend to do it at daylight, first of all because you are able to enjoy the beautiful views on the upper floors, secondly and most importantly it’s supposed to be a hotspot for druggies at night and obviously there is no police here to take care of you. So be cautious and watch your steps. The place is especially well known for it’s graffiti art, some of the pieces can be seen below.

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Mostar: Divided City

During the Bosnian war 1992 – 1995 the historic city of Mostar found itself in the center of fights first between Bosnianak-Croation and Serbian troops and later between Muslims and Catholics. During the conflict large parts of the city were destroyed and many civilians lost their life. The destroyed bridge of Mostar especially became a well known symbol of the conflict. It was built by the Ottomans and stood here for hundreds of years connecting the Muslim and the Christian parts of the city, before being blown to pieces for unknown reasons. A couple of years ago the Mostar bridge was rebuilt, but many remnants of the war remain present in the city making it an eerie but very interesting place to visit. The wounds are heeling slowly, but still Mostar is a visible example for what can happen when once peaceful neighbours suddenly turn against each other for religious or ethnic reasons. Up until today the city remains divided.

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The Adria

In 2018 I was fortunate enough to travel to the Adriatic Sea (shortened: Adria) a couple of times, both privately and professionally. A large part of the eastern coast of the sea belongs to the State of Croatia. A country which used to be an insider tip for travellers for many years. Today Croatia is visited by Millions of people from around the world. Many of them go to Dubrvonik, which is famous for being the real life version of Kings Landing. But still there are many hidden beaches and islands in Croatia where you can find time for yourself. Get sure to stay until break of dawn so you can see the sun descending into the Adriatic sea.

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