Roads to Nowhere

Roads to nowhere – through the late nineties into the 21st century the ‘holiday home’ market in Cyprus was booming! Whole estates planned, roads and infrastructure installed, ready for the overseas buyers wanting their slice of sun away from home.

Then the 2008 global financial crisis was followed by the collapse of the Greek economy and vast swaths of building projects were cancelled.

These ‘roads to nowhere’ still exist, complete with lighting and access drop curbs.

R&R

Spending time away with the family this week with a return to Cyprus. Never too far from the camera though and always wanting to capture what I see around me.

During today’s trip to Polis Beach I immediately clocked the remnants of a concrete machine gun bunker listing into the sea. More likely a left over of the Second World War rather than of the 1974 Turkish invasion.

My obsession with this dark corner of Cypriot history keeps growing and I have a tremendous urge to visit and explore the Northern ‘occupied territory’. High on my list to visit is the city of Nicosia. As the last city on earth to have a wall and duel occupancy, it has an allure to me to document the aftermath of a war which is still felt nearly five decades later.

Protest at Paphos Town Hall

Protests from April against the proposal to build upon the gardens adjacent to the town hall. The plans are to build a huge church on the land with the people wanting the retain their green space within the expanse of Paphos.

Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa

In the heart of Kato Paphos lies the church of Agia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa. A stone Catholic Church from the 16th century which sits amongst the ruins of a significantly larger church from the 13th Century.

Evretou – The village left behind

At the invasion of Cyprus by the Turks in 1974 Turkish Cypriots fled their homes on mass. Even 45 years later whole villages remain standing, abandoned.

Evretou sits on the banks of the reservoir by the same name. Shells of buildings, stripped of possessions, stand empty.

These particular images were taken of upper Evretou during a visit in April 2019. The lower portion of the village was unreachable due to recent rainfall raising the level of the reservoir and blocking the road to it.

5×4 in a field

On half term break but never far from the camera! In particular we’ve been celebrating the 50th birthday of the District Association we camp with of the Camping and Caravanning Club. This particular frame is one I’ve wanted for a while and fits with a project which will see a lot of focus over the next two years!

Creative blocks

I’ve been feeling something of a creative block recently with unedited (personal) images pilling up and needing attention. Hopefully it’s finally lifting and as the teaching year winds down towards the summer I’ll find a creative burst! For the moment here’s a screenshot of a partly processed image from Aprils trip to Cyprus