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CHANGING PLACES

 



CZECH REPUBLIC

THE BALTICS
MONTENEGRO

I like small, unnoticed details. I like things that tell stories from days gone by. I stop and I wonder: How many hands have touched it? How many winters has it survived? What was it like when it was new? How many people have walked past it without noticing it? How much longer will it be here? Will someone realise when it’s gone?

I try to find elements that tell me more about  a place, elements that speak of former times but still have significance in the present. I capture details that are characteristic of a place, details which people don’t notice anymore but would probably miss if they disappeared. Also, many people move away to where life doesn’t remind them of such elements that once used to be part of their every-day lives. By capturing such elements, I want to stimulate people's memories in order to reflect upon the past. The result is often that people think of their childhoods and country's past, and fill my ears with wonderful stories of every-day events as well as important national happenings.

Places are changing fast, and people’s lives are becoming faster; too fast to reflect and pay attention to detail. I try to capture the remaining parts of the past before they change or disappear too.