Sketches of Iron and Dust

This is a story (sketches from stories) that I was preparing for a Fotopub Festival in Slovenia on which unfortunately I didn’t go. I left this story aside but few weeks ago, I decided to finish it.

I was inspired by Mike, Rebecca and Borut and realized that photofilms are something where I can exploit myself full time. As I’m professional musician, expression of sound is something very familiar to me. Combining photography with sound is something I found to be close to me and hopefully you will see it and hear it too.

Long story – short – Ljubija is a small town in north western part of Bosnia. Once cultural and social center of region, strongly dependable of nearby iron mine. Once iron was exploited – Ljubija was left and forgotten. Those are sketches and emotions of Ljubija inhabitants – Cicko, Bodo and Mladen.

Photography – Igor Motl

Original music – Igor Motl

Edit and production – Igor Motl

Fish pond story – teaser

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Fish pond Saničani, near Prijedor. They are extracting all the fish from all lakes and transferring them in to winter ponds or on market. I will cover it for several days. These photos I took today. I was amazed when I heard that they extract up to 22 tons of fish from one net – same net that I shot them with today.
More to come.

La corrida – Bosnian way

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Traditional Bosnian bull fight. Tradition that is more then 200 years old and mostly characteristics for western and north western part of Bosnia. Most famous place is mountain Grmeč. I went today at Oštra Luka, Popovića Brdo that is taking place every year, first Sunday in august. I wanted to shoot it last year, but it was on my marriage day so… 🙂

It is whole day event with a lot of tents with live folk music, fresh cooked meals, cold drinks… Bull fighting lasts only for an hour or a bit longer but there are traditional games and events that fulfill the day. Throwing rocks from shoulder and pulling the rope.

Samarice – a Horse story

Samarice -horses who are carrying a cargo saddle, mostly used for carrying woods.

Yesterday, I followed them through their working day. Family Ritan from small village beneath Kozara mountain. There are four brothers and 30 horses. They work every day, starting at 6:30 am until 4:00 pm. Only very hard rain or extreme cold day could stop them to go in to forest. Their job is to hoist all the woods that cutters took down few days before. Most of these woods are in rough terrain so no conventional transportation method is possible. Horses are carrying woods from forest to the nearest road that is accessible by some truck or other heavy vehicle. Heavy job for both human and horse. Fascinating scene was to see a caravan that rub through snow and mud carrying big pile of heavy and wet pieces of woods. Horses are going through a forest on their own. Humans are there to load and unload their cargo, but from loading to unloading site their are without any help by the humans. Sometimes they are going in pair, sometimes alone and everything you can hear through forest is horse neighing.

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Many thanks to Mr. Simo Brdar whose documentary film “Samarice” was a inspiration to me and who helped me to contact family Ritan.