A Gym

Just a few meters away from my apartment, ticket office of city stadium. Nothing much. Three small windows, a few steel bars and dirty concrete wall. It wouldn’t be unusual, if it’s purpose  is just selling tickets. No!!! A guy named Petar, started to practice his muscles and his body some ten years ago. Location was great – in the city center but isolated from the city rush, cheap – nobody asked for monthly fee, and finally – tough enough to outstand the weight of a human body. Petar started something that outgrow far from personal practice. People started coming around and in few years – community was formed. Musicians, high school students,  workers, sportsmen, physical enthusiasts… everybody was working out at “a gym”. Even young kids are practicing in secret while steel bars are “free”.

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P.S. For those people who are interested in technical part of this – all images made with Panasonic Lumix GF1 camera – JPGs straight from camera.

Theater menu

A few more from Prijedor city theater rehearsal of their new play Milorad Pavić’s “Forever and a Day”, adapted and directed by Gradimir Gojer. Still, they are rehearsing it without costumes.

Forever and a Day

New project in Prijedor city theater. Milorad Pavić’s “Forever and a Day – a Theater menu”. Interesting, multi – layered piece directed and adapted by Sarajevo based director Gradimir Gojer.

Premiere of a play is planned for end of April, and again, as I did before, I’ll cover it until.

Few from last night rehearsal:

 

Some commercial work

It was a while since I wrote or post something on my blog. The main reason was that I was contacted by one of the major mobile operators in BiH and asked for a proposition portfolio and for new ideas that they could use on their web site (mobile section, standard telephony, television on demand and internet section). They gave me a month to do it and I completed a small portfolio of 20 images that I sent them few weeks ago. I made some standard commercial shots that are usual for mobile operators as well as some more bold, provoking and humorous images.

Unfortunately, nobody from the company didn’t contacted me since. I tried to get some informations about it but without success.

I would like to thank to my friends and my awesome wife who helped me a lot organizing and executing these shots (with no budget at all). Many thanks to Goran, Tijana, Đurđa, Nikola, Tanja, Lala and Dragana.

Images are cut in a format needed for mobile operator’s web site.

P.S. Sorry for the big watermark.

Tatoo album art

Last night, I had a photo session with TATOO band from Prijedor. They asked me to shoot some photos for their upcoming album “Digitalni Snovi” (Digital Dreams). Thanks for the courtesy of people from shopping mall “Wisa” from Prijedor who allowed us to use their space after closing.
Here is the result:

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What do you think, which one is the best? 1,2 or no.3? Maybe it will be an album cover so that is the reason of square format.

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Concerning a technique, it is very simple. One treadmill stairs at a shopping mall and a small strobe handheld. Exposure of 8 sec. and that’s it. Post production is minimal too. Enhancing the contrast and color. That’s for first three images.
The rest are done in underground parking lot and with available neon light.

Here is Tatoo’s first video from their new album:

SANA springs protest

Sana is a river that flows through north-western part of Bosnia and Herzegovina. It’s 146km long and flows through cities of Ključ, Sanski Most, Prijedor and Novi Grad where it merges with river Una.

Yesterday, a Coalition for river Sana organized a protest meeting at Sana springs at the same place where a company from Banja Luka “LSB Elektrane” is trying to build a dam for a new hydro power plant of 4,9 MW capacity. Location of Sana springs is truly remote place some 120 km from Prijedor and not easily accessible.

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Some 100 people get together on a meeting place and protested against building a dam. A several TV crews were there, organizers had their speeches, a few locals told their stories and that was it. There were no machinery or any kind of building sings except a road and some wooden boards at the place.
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What are the consequences of building a dam over there:
– destroying a natural spring by making a accumulative lake (if you ask me – it is good enough reason to say it is a stupid and extremely destructive idea)
– making that water undrinkable
– because of the water tunnel that would provide enough trust to the turbines they (LSB Elektrane) are planing to drain river bottom in lenght of 3 km
– extreme influence on natural environment (cutting the forest and draining a river) will also cause an extreme outcome in the region itself
– and the most important thing – this country already export electricity and by the price much cheaper than for their own citizens (so what is the point of a small power plant in the middle of nowhere with the capacity for powering an oven).
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So… what about that protest – do I think it will change something? No I don’t! With a just a bunch of people it looked like a bigger picnic. Would it be different if there were thousands of people? Then, I would be more optimistic.
Shame on you – people of Ključ, Sanski Most and Prijedor. Municipalities that counts a few hundreds of thousands of people couldn’t getter a few thousands of them. And some day, when you bring your children for a swimming on Sana river – don’t be surprised if Sana is dirty and smelly or if there is no Sana at all. Don’t be surprised but ask yourself – was there a chance to do something and why were you such a indifferent fool.
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And one more thing… is there anyone who could provide the public with some informations about “LSB Elektrane”. Even the mighty Google don’t know anything about it.
It wouldn’t surprise me if it is a phantom company or if the owner is someone from the political center.
So… let me repeat again – if you are ready to submerge a natural spring of drinking water in a time when drinking water is considered as a sufficient good – what to expect from you in some less important stuff.
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P.S. There is one more story but I will write on it some other time. For now – just a illustration:
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City portrait #25 – Srđan Vasić

I don’t know much about Srđan and I met him just a few days ago for the first time. But, there is an interesting story about Srđan and me. While I was working out of my hometown I was traveling by a car. Almost every day I was passing him running next to the main road that is entering the city. And so on… I was thinking for my self… what a fool this guy is (probably some of the international stabilization forces soldier) ’cause he is running through city center and he has all this beautiful nature around the town. Just a few days ago I found out that he is no foreigner and every time I met him in urban part, he was running from the mountain back to his home. And then I also found out that he is a free climber, that traveling by a bicycle for several hundreds of kilometers is no problem for him. And then… I realized… what a fool am I.
Don’t let the prejudice to guide you in your conclusions.

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LETU ŠTUKE live in PD

Last night, summer stage, city of Prijedor. In my humble opinion the best BiH band in a long time. Inspirational music, poetic but intuitive lyrics, eclectic voice of lead vocal… no matter if you doesn’t understand our language, you should listen.
I just went to a concert with my GF1 camera and took some pictures out of crowd.
Thanks guys, hopefully, we will meet again!!!
LETU ŠTUKE

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Their new video for single “Brojevi računa” from incoming new album

And one from their last album “Proteini i ugljikohidrati”

City portrait #24 – Nikola Bogdanović

Nikola is a young graphic designer from Prijedor, BiH, who caught my attention few years ago with his set of lamps that he made out of trash and industry remnants. His work is extraordinary and very creative so I decided to by some of it.
Concerning this portrait, I had a big dilemma how to show his inspiration by light. So… we tried several times but I was not satisfied with the result and finally, yesterday it just hit me and we did it in a few minutes.
Here is the result:
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lampaman (4 of 4)

And one of our earlier attempts:
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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.

Exhibition tonight at 8:30pm

Everything is set to go so I’m using this opportunity to call all of you who are somewhere near to come tonight to Prijedor city Gallery 96. Opening is set for 8:30 pm and exhibition will last until 25th of August.