87 days: Dimitrija Petrov

As I wandered through the cobblestone streets of Skopje's Old Bazaar, the air was filled with the aroma of spices and freshly brewed coffee. It was a vivid reminder of the city's rich cultural tapestry. During my visit, I had the pleasure of meeting Dimitrija Petrov, a local artisan who specializes in traditional Macedonian ceramics. His small workshop, nestled among bustling cafes and ancient ruins, was a treasure trove of history and artistry. Dimitrija shared stories of his family's legacy. The legacy was passed down through generations, and each piece is a testament to Macedonia's heritage. His passion for preserving it was evident as he molded clay with hands as weathered as the landscapes he depicted. I was struck by the continuity of tradition and innovation in his work. This encounter offered a glimpse into the soul of Skopje. The past and present coalesce in the hands of its people. Dimitrija was dedicated to his craft. This dedication reflects the resilience and vibrancy of the city. It inspired a new perspective in my art. This perspective seeks to capture the essence of places through the stories of those who embody them. As the day faded into a soft twilight, the bazaar's lively chatter gave way to a serene hum. This echoed the enduring spirit of Skopje and its guardians of tradition.

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