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.”