Thursday, February 6, 2014

Sarajevo at Night [Part 2/3]: Life in the City

We continue our stay in nightly Sarajevo. Moving away from the Bascarsija, the old part of the city, we reach the modern city center and the BBI Shopping Mall. Sarajevo is always filled with people, weather it is the weekend or a work day. What's interesting is that many people live in the center and that it's not only a place where different businesses reside.

This is a multi part series. Other parts include:
Part One: Stories from the Dark
Part Two: Life in the City
Part Three: Far from the Lights

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The city is always filled with people, no matter the day during the week, but on the weekends, such it was this night, a lot of people crowd the streets and local pubs and cafe's.


Husein Hasani (Born on December 22nd 1931, died on January 6th 2014) was the last shoeshiner of the city. He was popular with the people of the city and beyond, and was known by all as "Cika Miso" (translated: Uncle Misho). After he died, this little memorial was placed in his honor. He truly represented the spirit of goodness in humanity and was a symbol of the city.


We arrive on the square in front of the BBI Shopping Mall. Before the war this square housed another Shopping Mall called "Sarajka" (which translated means "a woman from Sarajevo"). It was torn down, because of its old design and replaced by this big new mall on the left side of this next image.




We leave the center and move further into the night. In the distance the new Parliament Building lights up the night, now only a reminder of the war from the early 90s, and siege of this city.



In the last part we will see the city from a different perspective. Called "Far from the Lights" the finale will explore other parts of the city, bathed in the darkness, that is punctuated by the lights of the city center in the distance.

31 comments:

  1. The colors are beautiful and there is so much history there!

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    1. There really is so much to discover in this city.

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  2. Again, Mersad, your night photography is exceptional. I love that they've memorialized the shoe shiner.

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  3. i like the b&ws. and sweet remembrance of the shoe-shiner.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. The black and white images turned out to fit the moody night theme perfectly.

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  4. Wonderful, beautiful, fabulous images and I enjoyed reading...the night scenes are outstanding. I am so happy to have you stop by and leave a comment after visiting with me. Your positive feedback is a welcome sight. Thank you.

    And as you, I will start following your blog also.

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    1. PS...I will add your blog url to my personal sidebar blog reading list so I will be sure to not miss any new posts you publish.

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    2. Thanks so much. Visiting your blog was amazing. You are in my blog roll too! :)

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  5. I love the mixture of old and new buildings and all the lights reflecting. the shoe shine man reminded me of my child hood when there was a shoe shine man in front of most stores... have not seen one in many year.s

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    1. He was the last one in Sarajevo. I guess it has become a lost art, and when he died a part of the life of the city went too.

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  6. Mersad, as you have already realized. Black skies are not good.
    I love the second image but with a tripod, a filter and 100 ISO the people would be gone.
    I know we are supposed to be sycophantic but I value editors.
    Shoot as the sun disappears and for half an hour after or use an off camera flash for people.

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    1. I actually wanted in this particular image to have the people walk by in a "blur". Thanks for the tips Adrian! The darkness in all of these is intentional as it was really about the city after the day was gone. I think it's always important to tell the story first, rather then going for the technically most perfect shot. But thanks again for your feedback. You are right when it comes to the half hour after sundown, a tip I have shared a lot before on this blog.

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  7. In the case of night shots, I think I prefer them in colour. Maybe that's because the colours are more exaggerated. The second picture, though, is great in black and white.

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    1. Night shots in color work better for me too. But when there isn't that much color to begin with it actually helps to turn it into a black and white.

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  8. Ich finde es so toll das man dem Schuhpolierer einen Ehrenplatz erwiesen hat und auch die Bodenplatte entstanden ist. Solche Menschen müssen in meinen Augen geehrt werden, so werden sich bestimmt auch viele Touristen an ihn erinnern.

    Ungewöhnlich fand ich dass es sowas bei euch gegeben hat. Kenne sowas nur von Übersee^^

    Danke dir für die wieder wundervollen Fotos die mir sehr gefallen haben.

    Liebe Abendgrüssle

    Nova

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    1. Wird wohl wahrscheinlich ein Überbleibsel aus der Österreichischen Regierungszeit gewesen sein. Danke für deinen Besuch.

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  9. Beautiful captures and a wonderful post as always, Mersad!! Thank you for sharing the remembrance of the shoe-shiner! Very moving! Enjoy your weekend!!

    Sylvia

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  10. Whether in color or B&W, it's lovely there! I really like how the Shoe Shiner was remembered. Very sweet.

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  11. Beautiful, sooner or later I will have to visit
    Ciao
    Stefano

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  12. I really love the night shots, it is a beautiful city to share. The memorial to the shoeshiner is sweet. Thanks for sharing your visit. Have a happy weekend!

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    1. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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  13. More beautiful photos! The black and whites are very nice!

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