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Before the Storm

Before the Storm
Photo Information
Copyright: Mirza Ajanovic (Ajanovic) (14)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1992-04
Categories: Decisive Moment
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-02-05 2:33
Viewed: 1663
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Opus: Sarajevo City of Light;
The Night Before War; Before the Storm,
SARAJEVO 1992; Gateway of Hell, BOSNIA in Tragic WAR,
POETIC Beauty and Strength of the Human Spirit,
During the years of terror cast upon Bosnia and my city of Sarajevo, photography remained my only medium of artistic expression. My painting conditions were nonexistent, (shortage of materials, time and peace). My photographs were captured while walking between steps. Each step representing life or death… In this town of sorrows, agony surrounded by walls of hatred and evil, I encountered the most extraordinary beings in this world. They are genuine people, without hatred; people who survive inside the walls of a besieged city, without electricity, fuel, food, water, etc. Sarajevo became the massacred city where every new day is awaited as a miracle; awaited with patience and disbelief that you are still alive. There was a light that continued to glow from this destroyed city and its people; they had not lost their spirit. Exhibitions and concerts were still being attended by people who shed the tears of happiness, knowing that they couldn’t kill the art. A horrifying beauty was born.
ARTIST Mirza Ajanovic; POETIC Photography,
Picture is based on light and darkness counterpoints, with elements of Chiaroscuro. Observation of physical and psychological reality… actually observed realism brought a new level of emotional intensity, Strong, dramatic expression, Symbolism,
City Life and Street Scenes, Metaphysics ART,
Perception beyond Appearances; POETIC TransRealism;
‘There the sun doesn’t shine, or the moon, or the stars, nor any earthly fire...
In it’s light, invisible in a secret place,
In the heart It resides.’
MIRZA AJANOVIC Fine ART Photography,

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Welcome to TL.
Intense moment captured before the storm, unusual and superb result.
I like so much the grain that adds intensity to the scene, the silhouettes are awesome.

Hello Mirza

A very interesting story of pain and memories. I like the image for the effects. Without your short essay, the image would have no relevance. After I read the story.......it has power of the night before War. Our daily lives seem to been unchanged and written as a script. The horrors one sees and feels. I look forward to seeing more images of emotion. Welcome to TL

I also like the grain in the image. Gives the feeling of incompleteness. nice


Great capture, love the mood of the silhouettes.

Thanks for sharing!

Hi Mirza. I like your shot. Dramatic with good composition and tones...nice work.


Hi Mirza, What a touching story behind these human silhouettes and stormy sky. By just reading your note, I could feel their terrifies and pains. Art cannot be killed and it also brings people's spirits together and form an immense force to overcome any difficulties. This picture gives a strong emotional mood. The noise in the sky enhances the dramatic expression to the frame. Thank for sharing

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