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Gateway of Hell

Gateway of Hell
Photo Information
Copyright: Mirza Ajanovic (Ajanovic) (14)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 1992
Categories: Decisive Moment
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-04-26 20:05
Viewed: 1187
Points: 10
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Opus: Sarajevo City of Light;
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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Dear Mirza,
A very powerful picture carrying the pain of civilians during wartime.

very very difficuly years
and realy poetic photo
greetings from turkey

High Class Work :D


This is a strong image, the horror of war, the hard reality, photographed as a reportage of a journalist.
I'm speechless. I am touched by this tragedy, the tragedies of life.
The b&w a good choice.

Hello Mirza

An excellent view into humanity. Your story as well as the image brings hope to a world that needs it. My prayers are with you. I love the hard contrast in the image with a full range of tones.


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