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Bombed building in Kosov | by Antonis Lamnatos
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Bombed building in Kosov

Some things seem distant, they seem like they are only part of movies. That only exist inside a TV set, that happen only to someone else. You think they possess a hidden inherent artistic quality that transcends their tragic existence.


When you see them in their full, drab reality, without any effects or insightful commentary or pre-scripted story-line to accompany them, you feel their true meaning starting to soak in. It's not a punch, but it happens fast. You quickly realize that this is it. It's not a stage, it's reality.


This is a bombed building from the 1996 to 1999 war in Kosov. It's right next to a major highway, on route to the airport. To the right, there's a white car parked, next to the ruins. I guess it's someone trying to scavenge whatever can be sold from what's left inside the debris: any copper wires, any steel.


It took me some time to decide what to do with this photograph. Initially I wanted to post it without any modification at all. I also thought of turning it to B&W to add some effect. In the end I decided to edit it a bit but keep it as close as possible to the original. I only did some slight adjustments to clean up the shapes and the textures. The colours are as close to the real thing as possible.

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Taken on February 9, 2007