The People of Blata: 2013

In 2013 I returned to Croatia with high hopes of finishing my seven year project, documenting a war ridden village of Blata. 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. Much progress was made in 2012, but I had to return this year to do more work.

Portfolio 2013
Old man standing by Goran Vrcel
Woman Smoking by Goran Vrcel
Woman carrying wood by Goran Vrcel Portrait Photography.
Woman with Arched back.
Old musician by Goran Vrcel
Old lady from Blata, Croatia. By Goran Vrcel
Woman smoking by Goran Vrcel
Djuro Vrcelj by Goran Vrcel
Sheep by Goran Vrcel
Old woman by Goran Vrcel
Old woman's broken arm by Goran Vrcel
Woman Smoking by Goran Vrcel
Woman clapping by Goran Vrcel. Photographed in Blata, Lika. Croatia.
Woman with the dog by Goran Vrcel
Old woman smiling by Goran Vrcel
Old women's closeup by Goran Vrcel
Man by the window, by Goran Vrcel
Man by the Window by Goran Vrcel
Elderly people by Goran Vrcel
Woman sitting by Goran Vrcel

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