Remains of today

This collection of images aspires to express the notion that times are changing very fast in Cyprus. The collection is divided into four essays.

The first is the bird series. As a photographer of the Ornithological Society of Cyprus, I was responsible for visually documenting each wounded bird brought in for treatment. Most are the victims of hunters and sadly arrive too late for effective treatment. The slaughtered creatures resemble rubbish in cardboard boxes, waiting for the bin men.

Scarecrows are closely related to birds, and this is the focus of the second sequence. As long as there are birds, there will always be scarecrows, but both are now endangered. Scarecrow dummies have been commonly used in mountain villages in Cyprus and, although pathetically ineffective as guards, they have thrived as part of village tradition.

Today, the dolls carry an eerie, apocalyptic quality as they swing suspended from branches, oblivious to their surroundings yet transformed by them.

Car graveyards comprise the third group of photographs, which aims to illustrate our consumer mentality, where nothing lasts and everything is rapidly replaced by a newer version, leaving the old discards to rot.

Finally, there is an exploration of disused mines, from which man has taken all he wanted and has abandoned the rest.

 

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