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Who Lives Here ?

Posted by
Mariana Maoduš (Waterloo, Canada) on 29 August 2012 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

After 16 years I am back in Sarajevo. (Jan 2011). I am on the streets all the time, in my ex-neighborhood, in downtown, expecting to see my old friends or at least familiar faces ... Nobody was there. New faces, new faces are everywhere and old buildings in the same shape as they used to be many years ago, now even worse with all war-marks.
This is a back-side of the building where I was looking for dear friends ... Only black cat was standing there, not afraid of my presence! I see some names on a wall - names of then little boys, friends of my sons.

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS 1/100 second F/3.5 ISO 200 13 mm


"The moment always dictates in my work. What I feel, I do. This is the most important thing for me. Everybody can look, but they don't necessarily see. I never calculate or consider; I see a situation and I know that it's right, even if I have to go back to get the proper lighting."
~ Andre Kertesz

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

I like very much the scenery, the colors and the mood

29 Aug 2012 5:32am

Ellebelle from Mosquito Town, Netherlands

The black cat emphasizes the mood of this somewhat depressive place to live ..........
Great tones and framing!!

29 Aug 2012 5:38am

arvin from sari, Iran

Good color

29 Aug 2012 5:50am

Lokesh from Hyderabad, India

interesting capture M.... the color is really eye catching....

29 Aug 2012 5:53am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superb tones, a sorry sign of modern times with the barred windows and gates. I'll bet the cat has an interesting hunting ground there

29 Aug 2012 5:56am

larans from Lund, Sweden

Wonderful capture of a really faded and depressive millieu. The black cat is possibly the only one living here as it looks.

29 Aug 2012 5:59am

PATRICK from miramas, France


29 Aug 2012 6:00am

Tomek from Poznań, Poland

I love those places. Nice finde and beautifully composed (cat :-) ).

29 Aug 2012 6:05am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

I love the tones and the cat makes this shot for me, as if it is waiting on the door opening

29 Aug 2012 6:08am

Calusarus from ST SORLIN EN VALLOIRE, France

Monsieur Chat habite ici ?

29 Aug 2012 6:19am

omid from mashhad, Iran


29 Aug 2012 6:19am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very good!

29 Aug 2012 6:26am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Your processing really emphasises the nature of the neighbourhood............ the cat is a bonus.

29 Aug 2012 6:39am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Il y a un chat noir!!! Magnifique cadrage, j'adore. Belle journée Mariana.

29 Aug 2012 6:59am

rem_la from Villiers, France

une belle couleur de mur

29 Aug 2012 7:04am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great find, Mariana. Like a film location - and the black cat is the perfect detail!

29 Aug 2012 7:17am

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Good question. That house doesn't tempt me... but the image is wonderful!

29 Aug 2012 7:23am

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

hidden corners, I like to research all your environment, bold and risky as a great reporter, fantastic mary

29 Aug 2012 8:01am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Excellent tones and composition and what a cooperative cat

29 Aug 2012 8:03am

Gérard Méry from Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, France

Un endroit tout à fait photogénique et délabré ...le chat c'est la cerise sur le gateau

29 Aug 2012 9:05am

Monik from PARIS, France

Excellente atmosphère de décadence sublimée par la présence du chat noir! J'adore...Bravo..!!!
Bonne journée, Mariana!

29 Aug 2012 9:07am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

So many places in the world where we can ask this question ! Well done !

29 Aug 2012 9:20am

Yves from Isserpent, France

Atmosphère de cours

29 Aug 2012 9:40am

Mirjam from Kyiv, Ukraine

Very good picture. The cat is such a good detail.

29 Aug 2012 9:47am

Roland Theys from Gerpinnes, Belgium

Interesting capture? good shot!

29 Aug 2012 10:17am

JCJ from Troyes, France

the cat makes the photo

29 Aug 2012 10:57am

gerard1948 from Santiago de Compostela, Spain

A superb view, I like the presence of a black cat it reinforces the picture. A beautiful composition is excellent.

29 Aug 2012 11:11am

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

So sad but great description to go with the framing.

29 Aug 2012 11:26am

El pare from Prepirineu, Andorra

You know, Mariana, I've traveled to Mostar, which has suffered more or less of a similar way to Sarajevo. After so many years, the feeling is still awful, it doesn't cost to imagine what the people suffered.

29 Aug 2012 11:50am

Veronique from France, Switzerland

Thank you so much for sharing this little part of your life. This picture resonates strongly in me.
(btw I'm dumbfounded with some comments....people don't bother reading)

29 Aug 2012 12:46pm

@Veronique: thanks Veronique. My fault - I added short text this morning.

yalda from Iran

beautiful composition
This picture makes me sad
It is fact of life in corners on world

29 Aug 2012 12:59pm

@yalda: thanks yalda

Willem from Noord-Scharwoude, Netherlands

The photo is beautiful.......

29 Aug 2012 1:29pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

...It is sad and in the same time it is great that you were there again ! Superb tones in the photo .

29 Aug 2012 2:00pm

Lluís from Canet de Mar, Spain

beautiful picture

29 Aug 2012 3:10pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

An intriguing photo. Surprisingly, the black cat is a positive element in this bleak cityscape.

29 Aug 2012 3:37pm

Leigh from Northallerton, United Kingdom

A great capture

29 Aug 2012 3:55pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Nice frame and composition. great shot.

29 Aug 2012 4:42pm

Richard Geven from Montferland, Netherlands

....i've tears in my eyes Mariana....
Your words and this photo......
I have no words....

29 Aug 2012 5:09pm

@Richard Geven: Me too, Richard. On Friday my son goes back to visit our family; I am so busy with packing all gifts for everybody. My memories are now back to 2011 when I was there, and now I wish I have a chance to go again, to spend a good time with my old mother who I miss enormously! Last time I was too much excited, too much depressed, too much frightened of everything . This time I would have been only with my mom, who I maybe do not see any more .....

franz from Baden, Austria

terrific documentary of your trip into the past, with the right tonality to go with the atmosphere! the cat is definitely a welcome extra here ...

29 Aug 2012 5:32pm

François from Grand-Leez, Belgium

I like the atmosphere

29 Aug 2012 5:40pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

The ravages of war and time are plainly evident here! Nicely captured Mariana! ;-)

29 Aug 2012 6:16pm

Marie from FRESNES, France

jolies textures et beaux détails.

29 Aug 2012 6:33pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

Lovely story to go with a good shot, hope you see some familiar faces soon

29 Aug 2012 6:49pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Love this mish-mash of urban detail.

29 Aug 2012 8:02pm

Biserka from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Emotivno, draga moja! Poljubac!

29 Aug 2012 8:02pm

@Biserka: Cica moja draga ! Uvijek mislim hoces li pogledati sliku is Sarajeva i sta ces pomisliti . Ne mozes prepoznati ovo mjesto . Istarska ulica, gdje su mi dvije prijateljice stanovale. Nikog zivog tu nije bilo samo ova crna maca, kao zalosnica je tu stajala i gledala u mene ! Ljubim i ja tebe ! Pedja se sprema za put. Ide u petak, prvo kod MIre a onda ce u Sarajevo !

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

This image is full of sadness. It has lovely texture, but a sad story. Only the cat is left.

29 Aug 2012 9:02pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

Beautiful color and textures but there is so much sadness. After reading what you wrote, my heart goes out to you Mariana.

29 Aug 2012 9:32pm

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Ah, trying to rediscover the past...difficult. As the saying goes, "you can't go home again."
This is an exquisite photo, beautiful tones and details....perhaps all your feeling and longing comes out in this expresssive photo.

29 Aug 2012 9:33pm

Sylvie49 capture image from Anjou - Maine et Loire (Loire Valley), France

Triste de voir comment deviennent les choses après la guerre ! c'est une drole d'atmosphère qui se dégage de ta photo.

29 Aug 2012 9:40pm

curieuzeneuzemosterdpot from somewhere between viewer and subject, Belgium

ohhh, I'm so sorry nobody was at home, mariana! :-((

your image is very impressing!!

29 Aug 2012 9:56pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

It's a poignant reminder of who they were. I can imagine that is upsetting for you.

29 Aug 2012 11:29pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

A view of desolation. I can imagine, or maybe not, how you could feel on returning to this sad place ...
Nice shot ... the tones and the presence of the black cat are really great !!!

29 Aug 2012 11:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Certainly a trip down memory lane even though some must be hard. It's too bad no one you remember is around anymore. An excellent photo.

30 Aug 2012 5:34am

domlortha from Roanne, France

Nice tones! The black cat makes the difference.
have a nice day.

30 Aug 2012 6:50pm

Emmeji from France

Comme ce moment a dû être triste pour toi !

31 Aug 2012 2:42pm

Hiro from Japan

Nice emotional image.

1 Sep 2012 7:49am

Cajera from France

Le chat et sa famille...... ou des gens inconnus..
Une image assez triste

1 Sep 2012 8:51am

C. Intempor'elle from Paris • Alma Andaluza •, France

Very great scene, fantastic frame....... and this black cat lost in the middle of nowhere.
Luv it

1 Sep 2012 11:42am

Stu from From Scotland | Living in 京都 Kyoto, Japan

I love this! Wonderful!

2 Sep 2012 2:25pm

ordinaryimages from Kentucky Bluegrass, United States

Poignant...yet rich in it's subtleties. I zoomed in close, to study each story, before reading the text and comments. best…jf

2 Sep 2012 5:29pm

Joke from Leuven, Belgium

The black widow.

3 Sep 2012 3:22pm

Eric Laforgue from Ivry sur Seine, France

Une ambiance pleine de nostalgie se dégage de cette photo.

3 Sep 2012 7:56pm

rian from vestavia hills, United States

i like how aged this neighborhood looks, the addition of the black cat posing for you is really nice.. :)

4 Sep 2012 4:30pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Nice tones and textures.

8 Sep 2012 6:33pm

Canon PowerShot SX100 IS
1/100 second
ISO 200
13 mm