This is my photographic and bibliographic contibution of Mostar's Stari Most (Old Bridge) to the many already uploaded here. The following two texts are taken from the book "Mostar and Surroundings" by Hedija Boskailo-Sikalo:
"One of devotees of Mostar and its bridge, Austro-Hungarian soldier and skilled writer Robert Michel wrote the following in 1909 while he was comparing new and old buildings:
We can enjoy the personality of the old Mostar, in despite of new, the old is stronger for its modesty. When we walk along the alleys and go down to the Neretva River, we will experience some strong, clear feeling. The most will name this feeling as "orient". But we will name just - Mostar".
"In the former war, in 1993, the servants of evil power destroyed the Old Bridge. The photo of its destruction went across the world and caused the shock to all who find the meaning of life in the beauty, tolerence and unity. Although it seemed that serene spirit of Mostar was defeated, the events showed something opposite. Invincible spirit of Good survived the destruction of Evil and continued to live on both banks of the Neretva river. With financial support of civilized world, the team of Turkish experts made stone beauty shining again over the Neretva. In the summer of 2004 "the New Old Bridge" was opened. Although the trails of those who visited it through centuries can not be seen, the "new" old bridge takes back the known feeling to people from Mostar and the connection between the past and the hope in better future. The new bridge is not just reminder on suffering but it is embodiment of struggling against destruction and barbarism."
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wanna_yu (0) 2006-08-16 16:25
Excellent shot of Mostar. Very good perspective and composition with excellent colours. Very well captured.
vesilvio (750) 2006-08-16 16:29
for your wonderful words in detailed notes and for the very beautiful image.
Very nice POV and crisp details.
Grazie e ciao,
pboehringer (770) 2006-08-16 16:32
Excellent POV and light conditions gave you a beautiful composition, Deniz. The old bridge has a lot of history and unfortunatley succcumbed to an act of rare monstrosity. Lets hope that the history of the new bridge has a different meaning in future.
Great note too!
Best Regards, Peter
guillaumejm (0) 2006-08-16 17:00
Nice picture. Very good POV. Perhaps missing a little of contrast and sharpness.
artin (147) 2006-08-16 17:14
realy lovely photo and nice colors
did you try the higher F value because the F 3.5 seems not enough for this type of photos
Nikofan (1090) 2006-08-16 18:53
Wonderful view of the new Mostar Bridge!
I was very shocked when I saw it destruction on TV News!
The Turkish experts made a superb work!
I think that Civilization'll always survive to barbarism even...in traces and memories!
salvator (19102) 2007-01-11 12:32
Merhaba Sevgili Deniz,
Abey kartpostal diye satilir vallahi bu fotograf. Ne muhtesem birsey bu boyle. Anlamadigim, bakanlar kor degilse 638 x 2 = 1276 adet goz bakmis ama 11 x 2 = 22 goz gormus. Abey 100 uzerinden 1000 filan deger bu.
Samimi soyluyorum, paha bicilmez.
daddo (22634) 2009-09-17 1:22
Merhaba Deniz. One never tires of seeing photos of this bridge. there is something graceful and uplifting about its form. And in this photo you have used the light nicely. The left side is brighter than the right and gives us a good idea of the time of day. Nice addition of the blooms on the bottom left.Neretva's beauty is also evident. Selamlar. Klaudio.