Aesthetics of Longing – Kallistos Ware on Tradition

ware.jpgI took this photo in a small medieval Orthodox Monastery in Kosovo & Metohija, where only a few nuns live. The monastery is under constant threat from the surrounding Albanian population and as a result it is protected by international peacekeepers and barbed wire. To visit the monastery for less than an hour, we had to be escorted by the local police.

Aesthetics of Longing – Nikola Tesla’s Traditionalism

tesla.jpgNikola Tesla, graffiti in a small Belgrade street. Tesla had unique views about the past, tradition and its connection to the present and the future. He never dismissed things behind us but claimed that they are needed to build our future. Especially the non-material.

Aesthetics of Longing – Tarkovsky on the Meaning of Art

tarkovsky.jpgThis photo was taken in a Serbian Orthodox Church in Kosovo, which rarely hosts services due to the hostility of the neighbouring Albanian population. I really liked the way light enters through the small windows and falls on this and other chandeliers.

Aesthetics of Longing – Solzhenitsyn on the Meaning of Earthly Existence

solzentSolzhenitsyn is a writer of great relevance to our times because he lived in East (Soviet Union) and the West (America) and critically examined both. He nicely articulated the positive and negative aspects of both societies. This is especially important today when there is rising tension between the two.