The photographs in this series are a personal reflection of my decade long residency in the Middle East. After settling in Beirut in 2002, my initial aim was to portray everyday life in the Levant region, however, over time I became obsessed with discoveries of remnants of a different time and geographic space.

The unusual mix of social landscapes, references to contrasting religious iconography and worship rituals, portraits of political and patriarchal figureheads represent fragments of the zeitgeist of multi-ethnic, multi-religious Yugoslavia of the 1970s, with its socialist yet pro-Western regime.

In hindsight, it is apparent that these photographs perhaps say less about reliving childhood than the incapacity to escape it, wherever in the world I happen to be. They are a lament for Yugoslavia’s misconstrued ‘golden era’, the welfare, security and prosperity that people of my generation naively took for granted, then subsequently lost in the break-up of the country and the ensuing devastation of economic, social, moral and cultural values.


Long-term Parking, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004

Siesta, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003

Pietà, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004

Wild Horses, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004

Across the Street, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003

Father Figure I, Tripoli, Lebanon, 2004

Rampage, Beirut, Lebanon, 2003

Fast Religion, Deir el Qamar, Lebanon, 2003

Domestic Shrine, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004

Drive-thru Chapel, Beirut, Lebanon, 2004