Anyone who felt nostalgic for a long time knows that the feeling can be compared to imprisonment. Not that I am saying that this is some positive or romantic feeling. I think that it cripples a person’s soul and the ability to live a normal life. It is, as I later realised, a lack of spirituality and faith in God. That is why Solzhenitsyn was often ‘grateful’ for his imprisonment by the Soviets as it helped him awaken his spirituality.
This photograph, which was captured in Belgrade, depicts a building that was demolished by NATO bombs in 1999.
Serbian countryside and mountains are full of these old and beautiful houses and vernacular architecture. The doors and windows often look like eyes and give these houses a unique personality. Many of them have been forgotten by their owners or they no longer have any. Nature is slowly repossessing them.
Another image from the Orthodox Monastery of Decani (Kosovo & Metohija, Serbia). The monastery church has over 1000 preserved frescoes from the 14th Century.