KARABURMA MY GHETTO

Some things do not look the way we want to see them. Or as they really are. They are sometimes raw, sometimes brutal, often on the edge. Yet they are so true and full of life. Welcome to Karaburma, an area of Belgrade, the capital of Serbia. Although located only three miles from the city’s downtown, it is a hidden place with pleasant people and restless spirit, a place of great social diversity and a high crime rate. No wonder it was named “Little Columbia”. I was documenting the aesthetic of Karaburma’s street life, trying to capture and present visual emotions of this part of Belgrade. Welcome to my personal Bronx.

Alex Coghe, curator from the World street photography website said about Karaburma series: Well, this work immediately struck me. This is a work realized in a barrio, and the author reveals on the title of the series that is his/her ghetto. I know perfectly the degree of emotional involvement when you are documenting the place where you live. I have a lot of respect for anyone deciding to document the neighborhood, for two things. the first one is that we don’t need to go in the other side of the world to get stories, and with stories, i mean impactful stories. And the second one is because by photographing your neighborhood you hacve to work on yourself, making abstraction from the place, in order to get an equidistance that let you to reveal something different and at the same time you have the advantage to obtain a sincere portrait of the place, avoiding easy sensationalism but yet finding strength to represent a certain social commentary.

 

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