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.

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.