The People of Blata: 2006-08

In 2006 I started photographing, interviewing, and recording the stories of each villager who returned to his or her farm in Croatia. The ethnic cleansing, known as Operation Storm, or Oluja, could not deter these people from returning to their homes, even if they only had ruins to return to.

I spent three months in Europe meeting different people in order to make some sense of how this project might turn out. Here are select pictures photographed between 2006 and 2008.

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Old farmer getting water by Goran Vrcel
Man and the ladder by Goran Vrcel
Old woman sleeping by Goran Vrcel
Woman in the Window by Goran Vrcel
Old People talking by Goran Vrcel
Old women walking in Blata
People walking by Goran Vrcel
Old people by Goran Vrcel
Goran Vrcel. Farmer in The Woods
Olga Vezmar by Goran Vrcel
Old people talking by Goran Vrcel
Old people talking by Goran Vrcel
Clock Maker by Goran Vrcel
Old woman painting trees
Old woman working by Goran Vrcel
Goran Vrcel Construction
Old woman in her room
Old woman sitting
Old woman working
Man Chopping Wood by Goran Vrcel

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