'Morena is a Slavic goddess associated with death, winter and nightmares. The tradition of burning or drowning an effigy of Morena to celebrate the end of winter is a folk custom that survives in Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. This ritual represents the end of the dark days of winter, the victory over death, and the welcoming of the spring rebirth.'
Central Europe has been the theme of many an art project over the past few decades. Unlike the exotic images of Asian or African travel photography, we are familiar with this aesthetic, we share a common European tradition. However there is still something very different to the Disney cleanliness of Western European cities.
My own experience with this corner of the world was limited to the initial excitement of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the ill-fated MTV Europe culture which gathered momentum in the early 90s. Four years ago, for personal and professional reasons, I started visiting this area of the world on a regular basis. The following photos are my attempt to come to the terms with the region and my instant attraction to the aesthetics on offer. Aware of my position as an awkward outsider I also feel I have reference points here which make it possible to engage with the landscape.
This is an ongoing project, the majority of the photos have been taken in Eastern Slovakia, in or around the city of Presov or Kosice between 2010 abd 2016.