ALBANIA’S ABANDONED COLD WAR BUNKERS

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard

There is sometimes beauty in paranoia. There is sometimes beauty in war when the sides of the sovereign people win with resolve. There is also beauty in preparation. The preparation for the worse can sometimes lead to the novelty of having a designed resolution.

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard
The mounds now that are visible were once to house the residents of a land amongst the hatred of One Slavic nation to the genocide, hate and oppression have now delivered art to foreign eyes.

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard
Though they never were used for the purpose of what they were intended, they serve as a reminder for some living during the Cold War era. The thorns on the rose of the country may look like blemishes now but at the time when the tension of global super power was high and before Slobodan Milosevic and the Yugoslav wars proved that the ethnic Albanians of the land were indeed targets these, graffiti infested, squatter harboring, touring attracting thorns were once a valid idea of a dictator.  The timing was generations too early.

From the series "Concresco" by David Galjaard

It also shows that life will continue. We grow around the adversity placed in our path and make them apart of our progress. That’s the beauty of it all perspective is not always a collective agreement.

Photography by: David Galjaard

Article by: Clifton Bullock

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