In this post I have a picture of the beautiful old town of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is actually the result of a major restoration project because Mostar was heavily bombed in the Bosnian War and nearly everything including the famous Old Bridge was destroyed. According to Wikipedia, the restoration took 5 years to complete and costed US$15 million.
Out of the Old Town, we could still see a lot of what I called the “scars of war” – damages to buildings from bombs and bullets. Most of the buildings have exposed bricks and lots of bullet holes. Indeed the bullet holes on a couple of buildings made them look like nests of bees. Of course the war had ended more than 15 years ago but as we walked along the streets, we could still imagine how tough people’s life were during those times.
I have other pictures with more subtle scars but I quite like the composition of this one as it shows a non-restored building with the restored mosque at the far end. Originally I made the photo completely black and white to give a more historical perspective. Then I thought it might be better to keep the colour of the mosque and the surrounding trees as they were restored after the difficult war history. It also gives an impression that the man in the middle is walking away from the past and going to the future.
The picture should look better if there were no power cables there but I don’t want to add/remove anything from it.