Reflections/Former Yugoslavia

In a few hours, I will be on a flight to Paris.  I’m looking forward to posting pictures and writing about what I see there and also in Casablanca, Morroco where I have a day’s layover.

On my last visit to Europe, my wife and I traveled to four cities in the former Yugoslavia in the summer of 2016. We visited the countries of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia and the cities of Belgrade, Dubrovnik, Mostar, and Sarajevo.  I didn’t really use Instagram at the time. With this upcoming trip in my mind, I have been contemplating how the parameters of Instagram influence what pictures I take and share.  With that in my mind, I went back to my album and edited some of my favorite pictures from the former Yugoslavia trip.

Thoughts:

1: Instagram does improve clarity in picking a subject or story in a photograph. I used to just point and shoot and my shots were often too busy.  However, the focus that comes from trying to fit a picture in a square can come at the expense of showing depth or heights.  It’s tempting to gravitate towards pictures that have a premade composition or symmetry and then one can argue that you’re replicating a pre-made image, not creating your own.

2: Your favorite pictures are not always going to everyone else’s favorite pictures.  There are pictures one is attached to because of the story behind them, the emotions one had when the picture was taken or the effort taken to get the picture.  Viewers may simply prefer pictures that are easily understood with clear story and imagery.

3: Editing is a challenge for me. I come from a long line of travelers who will happily show you hundreds of pictures and explain the story behind each one of them.  With the desire to be respectful of your attention span and tell something of a coherent story, here are my top seven pictures.

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Breakfast at Baščaršija in Sarajevo
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Markale (Marketplace), Sarajevo
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View of the Neretva River near Jablanica, Bosnia.
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Mural, Mostar. The bullet holes are real.
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Statue of Prince Mihailo, Belgrade
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Memorial to Gavrillo Princip, East New Sarajevo

 

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Dubrovnik, Croatia

 

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