where are the people?

in my images from athens there are no people – buildings empty, places vacated, not used any more. houses and temples that look either just left by the occupants or like they were never really used. fragments of what once was with no trace of life to sustain them. what rituals were performed in the holy places of antiquity, what languages spoken on the ancient marketplace or on the gathering place on top of the hill? i will never be able to guess, it is gone, left are empty shells. so I become empty too, wandering between the remains and documenting what is left without giving or asking a reason. for what will be left when all the symbols shatter? where will the people be then?