Tea Hadziristic explores a beautiful place for the dead
When Tea Hadziristic visited the former Yugoslavia last June, she travelled with her family to the small coastal town of Cavtat in Croatia. They hiked to the top of a beautiful, forested hill overlooking the Adriatic Sea, where Hadziristic discovered a mausoleum. It was designed for the wealthy Račić family in the early 1920s by the late sculptor and architect Ivan Meštrović.
Because space is at a premium, many of the graves are familial, with several family members buried vertically on top of each other. “The thing about this cemetery is that I really could not imagine a more beautiful place to be dead,” says Hadziristic.
Now a fourth-year student at University College, Hadziristic is studying International Relations and Political science. She became interested in photography when she inherited an old Minolta camera from a family friend and started using film. “I think my favorite photos have been taken while traveling, to Europe in particular,” she says. “Even the most mundane scene — breakfast, a city street, a skyline — is suddenly different and full of charm.”