This are picture from my #phototbook#kitchenstoriesfromthebalkans .
This #photographs are also part of my diary of personal observations, of how our surroundings shape our lifestyle and the way we think and feel.
The term Balkan, when used to describe a #culture , a nation or a geographic area, usually has a strong suggestion of the rural, with a hint of the Orient. In whatever context it is used, the word reverberates with cultural and sociological connotations.When I set out to tell a story about the Balkans, it was food that sprang to mind as something people in the whole region have in common. People in central Europe associate the #Balkans with food.
When I thought of #food , I remembered the kitchen where my grandmother used to cook and where I spend a considerable amount of time when I was a child.
I began to wonder what was happening in Balkan kitchens these days.The #kitchen is a multipurpose room, a space which reflects #identity and #selfperception . It embodies the spirit of the Balkan home and mirrors society as a whole. The functional unadorned style conveys a tangible sense of the region’s lost identity, the inevitable legacy of 500 years under the Ottoman yoke and almost fifty years of isolation behind the #IronCurtain .
When you go grocery shopping in Germany but you forget to bring your own bags. 🥔🌶🍇🧀🥨🍫
Checking out at German supermarkets is an incredibly stressful activity. It’s a quick mutual “Guten Tag” or “Hallo” at the register and then it’s on!
You gotta be in shape because speed is the name of the game here. You and the cashier have just entered a competition about who can fling items faster – them across the beeper or you from the bagging area into your 🛒 . The cashiers scan the items with speed of light.
What I hear every time is: Auf die Plätze, fertig, los: biiiip biiip biiip..
If you do not start bagging your items straight away, it will be piling up, then you will be confused, then you will get nervous and find it difficult to get your wallet to pay, then the cashier will give you ‘please be quick’ look, then you will pay while trying to frantically bag your stuff (but it won’t be fast enough), then he/she will start scanning the next customer’s stuff, then their stuff will mingle with yours until there’s no more space, then the cashier will once again look at you with a ‘please be quick’ look in her eyes, and just then you can leave all traumatized. But they WILL tell you: Have a nice day! #helenlovesdüsseldorf