Song, “Mary, help us for all time” Posting in honour of my Dad. Died on May 11th, 2017 Mary pomagaj nam sleherni čas, is according to Dad, the song they sang at his brothers funeral, during the war. It also happens to be the song they used to sing when they were refugees in Austria and what … More Marija pomagaj nam sleherni čas (Mary help us for all time)
The first of my photos about my father’s story. This is an experiment and may not be the finished photo, but it’s a start at trying to show what happened. I was lucky to get hold of some of Dad’s diaries, written when he was sixteen and with a death sentence on the whole … More “Go ahead and shoot the devil”
I’m amazed, I only started Slovenian evening classes in September, to help me with the project about my father and to try and have a conversation with him in Slovenian before he dies. Well, I have just looked over my posts and was astonished to find I understood some of the quotes that I wrote … More Learning Slovenian
I was recently back in Slovenia, doing more research about the war and trying to start some photography. This time I found that it was really difficult to tackle the subject without causing offense. I’m also seen as a tourist, which is odd because I see Slovenia as part of my family history and a second … More A strange kind of tourist.
Looking at the video, I can’t help wonder if I’m being cruel to show the files to him. Although he did want to see them. Hopefully, it will be better next week when we go over his diaries.
How I wish I could understand Slovenian to read my father’s diaries and police files! I’m learning but it’s going to take some years. In the meantime, I will have to use a translator. It may be quite a job, as my father used a mixture of languages, mostly Slovenian, including very old words not … More My father’s State Police files and diaries written during the war at age 16.
I went out to Slovenia in July, earlier than the others coming out to join me for our walk over the mountains. The aim was to do more research. I had some lucky breaks, my cousin found Dad’s diaries written when he was 16 and fighting the Communists, just after he had buried his brother. … More Research into the family history and our land
Georgia O Keeffe- Black Place III 1944 I haven’t been a huge fan of Georgia O’Keeffe, but I found her exhibition at the Tate Modern surprisingly inspiring for my projects- “the death of Hope” and “My father’s land” I have been struggling with trying to find a way of representing my father’s experience of the … More Georgia O’Keefe exhibition brings inspiration for my projects
These photos were taken on the eve of All Saints’ day 2015 in Žale cemetery, Ljubljana. The tradition is to spend two nights honouring the dead. All the cemeteries are lit up from the candles. These photos are taken of the remembrances from the civil war and Second World War in Yugoslavia. The first is for … More Rest dignified on sacred ground my brother and together we will find the path to the blessing of reconciliation