Bringing It All Back Home
One minute. That’s exactly how long it takes for everything in your world to change.
One day and you can be in a completely different world.
About a month ago now I left Sydney to fly halfway around the world to what was once my hometown, Belgrade, Serbia. It was unplanned, very last minute and something that needed to happen for family reasons.
I hadn’t been back in 8 years, but it felt like at least 20.
I have thought a lot whether to write about why I was there or not, and honestly I don’t think I can talk about the experience of being there without at least mentioning it. My maternal grandparents both have Alzheimer’s and dementia, and I understood intellectually that they wouldn’t recognise me, but to see the people who have been such an monumental part of my life not know who I was really hit me in a way that I didn’t expect.
It made me appreciate what I have and the people who are in my life right at this very moment a heck of a lot more, because you really don’t know what tomorrow brings and they deserve to know how loved they are and how much I appreciate them all.
I tried to take some time off and photograph both Belgrade and my grandparents place, I have so many fond memories of sitting in their lounge room watching old movies with my grandma, building forts out of their couch cushions with my brother and playing cowboys and indians, or playing hide and seek and thinking I could hide behind their sheer curtains.
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. One day, and I felt like I was taken back to being that kid.
Lovely post Len. <3
Very touching, thank you for posting these.
Great photos Len and lovely post xx
Thanks for sharing this with us, Len. xx
Great work Len. Always love to see street shots from different places. Jonathan Canlas’ stuff in particular. Fab! x
Very beautiful post.
These are beautiful. Thank you for sharing.
Oh Len, i love this post so much. LOVE. The images are beautiful…i scrolled back and had to look again. Thanks for sharing my talented friend.! xx
Live every moment.
Thanks for the reminder.
Love this post. I haven’t been back since 97′. That image with cat and the trash container really brought back memories.
Beautiful, Len. Thank you for sharing these.
Is beautiful Len. SO glad you did blog these in the end 🙂
I love the cat and trash container shot too!
Wow, what an evocative set of photos. Thanks for sharing about your journey.
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