Aftermathˈɑːftəmaθ: the consequences or after-effects of a significant unpleasant event.
When your dealing with aftermath photography, your are facing history, memory and trauma. War is the beginning or half the story and the aftermath is just a continuation of the event.
Occupied ‘74 is an aftermath project and I have been aware of that since the beggining. I have always noted that I am not visiting our occupied lands as another photojournalist who know’s nothing more than the history of this war but I am visiting as a person who is effected. My photographs can often portray simplicity or are hard to understand and this is where text becomes important. I often question how much information I need to give to the viewers in order to understand my images and that is something I am still working on to make clear. This is not the Iraqi or Syrian war but the Turkish invasion of Cyprus that occurred back in 1974 and for most was not televised as much as the other wars after that. It is an aftermath project but from a personal viewpoint. I believe that any other photojournalist taking on this project would document it differently by photographing the usual borders, the abandoned hotels, empty buildings, the buffer zone. But in my case, I have tried to produce more than that; and that’s why for some it is clear and for others it becomes slightly harder to understand my images.
When you search for aftermath photography you usually come across with images of destruction, scars of wars, portraits of people suffering and so on. I try to portray that in some of my images and that is evident through the images of the abandoned hotel’s in Famagusta. Most of my images however consist of a certain aesthetic of the ‘distant viewer’ and I have tried to include that feeling through out the work and I hope to communicate that back to the viewer.