Friday night in PD

Exhibition opened. It was rainy Friday night. If you have  chance, come and visit it until 25th of August in Prijedor city Gallery 96. Thank you all who came!!!

Special thanks to: Dejan Dejanović, Dino Mrkalj, Radenko Marin and Tiho Ilijašević

All photos below by Dragana Motl.

Final City Portrait

This is my first group portrait in City Portraits series and in the same time last one in the same series. On the picture is DUU MANIFEST.

Once again, exhibition will take place in Prijedor city Gallery 96 on 30th of July 2010 and will last for a month. So, wherever you are, I believe you will find time to come to see it.

If you are interested in technical stuff about the photo, here it is:

This is not composite photo. It is one exposure of 61 sec. where I was running around all these people, lighting them with two small strobes from my hand (why two strobes? – I used them alternately because of the charging time).   F stop was 8 because I find it ideal for the power of my strobes but also good enough for some decent depth of field.

City portraits Exhibition

I’m proud to announce an exhibition of my series of City portraits that will take place on 30th of July in Prijedor city Gallery 96. Opening ceremony is planed for 20:30 h, so I’m inviting all of you (no matter if you are near or far away) to come. I would like to thank DUU”Manifest” (Association of urban artists) who helped me to organize it.

I’ll give you more information about all details in next few days. Day after the opening, I’ll present a simple workshop on basic photographic technique that is free to attend (basic photographing technique, composition, light, etc.)

S ponosom želim da objavim moju narednu izložbu serije “City portraits” koja će biti otvorena od 30. jula u gradu Prijedoru u Gallery 96. Izložba će biti otvorena mjesec dana a dan nakon otvaranja održaću radionicu na temu osnovnih tehnika fotografisanja, kompozicije, svjetla… Ulaz je slobodan i svi zainteresovani su dobrodošli.

DUU”Manifest” je zaslužan za organizaciju ove izložbe i ovim putem im se zahvaljujem.

Više detalja slijedi u narednim danima.

I’m still here!!!

It’s been awhile since my last post. There are several reasons. Cold and snowy winter prevented me to do some shooting that I planed earlier and also, I’m working on several new series that I’m planing to do in next few months.

Things with “City portrait” series are slowed down a bit but I hope it will be different and changed in next few days.

Almost all the preparations are done and I will start with new series on Monday. I can not tell you what is it about yet because it is something completely new and very challenging for me. Also, concerning these new stuff, I’ll wait with posting it until it is finished, but I’ll continue with posts on other things.

City portrait #15 – Aleksa Milić

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Aleksa Milić – orthodox ikonographer. He is making ikons on a traditional way and with traditional materials (pigments, eggs, gold…). Originally, painter by profession. Works in a studio in monastery Klisina, 15 km from Prijedor.
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I have to thank to my friend Ogi and my lovely wife Dragana who helped me with this portrait. Here are some pictures from rehearsals two days ago:
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And here are two pictures I used for my final image:
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City portrait #14 – Darko Vujasinović

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Darko Vujasinović – airplane and helicopter model maker. Passionate hobbyist. One of two owners of a helicopter powered by a fuel engine. More info to come. Here are pictures for now.

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City portrait #11 – Lazar Marčetić

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Lazar Marčetić – director and manager of Saničani fish pond near Prijedor. I know Lazar for some time, and I tried to transfer my own vision of him in this portrait. I always saw him as an urban intellectual who live a quality and successful life. Active sportsman, involved in a cultural life of a city, successful career.
The idea was to show him as a worker (not a stereotypic manager kind a guy). So, fish net is symbolizing his occupation while basketball equipment (he was active basketball player for a long time and now he is helping in development of Prijedor sport life) symbolize his active way of life.
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City portrait #10 – Mladen Palada

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Mladen Palada – a parachutist. Owner of many awards and medals and one of the icons of Prijedor sport, member of Prijedor Airclub. He is still active but doesn’t compete anymore. Many interesting stories he has to tell but there is one that can not leave you calm. Back in 1971 he had to perform his first jump after a theoretical part of his parachutist training. Airplane climb to altitude of 800 meters from where every training jump begins. They were performing a hook jump (where parachute is hooked to the airplane and opens instantly after jump). He jumped, and everything he felt was high speed but no absorbing shock when parachute opens. He saw that parachute was not opened right so he detached his main parachute and he opened his reserve. He had just 3 sec. to do that. And it was his FIRST jump. That was the time when death at first jump was common thing.
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I was trying for few days to do this portrait but everything came up wrong. From weather to idea and scenario. First, weather was so bad that one could not go outside from a house. Then, I was building some ideas for this portrait and finally I overcomplicated it too much that realization became impossible and too expensive. So I decided to go with Mladen at Prijedor airfield and we will do some simple and clean portraits. When we get there, strong wind starts and instantly, I’ve got an idea to try to open a parachute against the wind. We were trying for several times, but it was impossible to get Mladen at the place I wanted him to be because, parachute was carrying him around airfield. So, I tried to run with him while I was holding my light stand in one hand and camera in other (and that is how picture on the top arise). Suddenly, wind stopped and parachute collapse over me.

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And here are few tryouts of opening a parachute
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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.

Please click on this image to see full story or just click HERE

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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.

Samarice preview

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I did a great story today about a family who works in a forest with 30 horses carrying wood that is unreachable for conventional transportation. Great story, great people, magnificent animals.
I would like to share this story here on my blog, but there are too many photos and I would like to make simple and clean slide show.
I love Flickr embeddable slide show but it can’t be integrated here because WordPress doesn’t support Java or Flash.
So, I would be grateful if someone out there could suggest me something.
Soon as I find out how to present it, I will tell the story and I will show some pictures.
More to come.