15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Communist monuments are now crumbling playgrounds in Tirana, Albania
Many things about Tirana fascinated me, but the decision to let old monuments from the long gone communist era remain, unkempt and crumbling and unavoidable, struck me the most. Leaving them to be desecrated, hiked up, overgrown and graffitied sends a message far more powerful and defiant than simply erasing them. This shot, of the Pyramid of Tirana, captures several teens climbing up the massive edifice that still stands tall in the heart of city.
© Kelsey Petrie.
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||May 30, 2017, 8:34 p.m.
||Canon EOS REBEL T3i