When The Wind Blows East
“When The Wind Blows East” is the reflection of my need to reconnect with my roots; seeking the past through the present in a meaningful way. My Father was Hungarian and left Budapest in 1945 for a life of uncertainty as the Soviet Union was taking over Eastern Europe. I grew up listening to stories about War World II and the amazing adventures my Father and his friends experienced around the world prior to settling down in Brazil, where I was born.
My father passed away in 2012. I left our homeland to start a new life with my family in the United States just ten days before he left us. For years I had a big empty hole in my heart trying to deal with the feelings of guilt for leaving him behind - as if I did to him what he had done to his Hungarian family.
In the summer of 2017 I took my daughters to visit my remaining family in Hungary. The photos of “When The Wind Blows East” where taken on our trip. Over my lifetime I have made various trips back to Hungary -- creating close bonds with relatives there.
Last Summer I went back to Hungary seeking for my deceased father. Little I knew I was, in fact, searching for myself. Hopefully, through the making of these images, I have given my daughters the ability to find their grandfather as well.