Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have a (W)hopping Holiday

May 2010 finally bring you joy.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

You will never go to Butte, Montana

When doing a research on American Landscape I stumbled upon Wim Wenders' movie Don't Come Knocking. It was a visual masterpiece, shot mostly in places I once already visited or was planning to. But the most fascinating thing I saw were the streets and old brownstone buildings of Montana's beautiful mining town Butte. This year I finally got there. And boy, what a trip it was.

Driving 2000 kilometres from Los Angeles just to see a small mining town with -22 degrees centigrade freezing temperature must really sound crazy, but this is one of those unique gems you rarely see in the world. Although mostly depressive and nearly abandoned during winter, Butte is such a fascinating place that I wanted to stay there for weeks, taking in street by street of uptown historic district and absorbing every inch of Hopper-esque urban scenes this town has to offer. Its most beautiful moments must be when it is bathed in the sun and the walls become reddish canvases only a true artist can fully appreciate.

Surprisingly the only real movie (besides a documentary on Evil Knievel, who was born there) shot in Butte was by Wenders. You can read his ode to this Montana town here. He has been visiting since 1978. Just like me, he is a fan.

(See the full Butte album here).

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Humanitarian Auction

Zala Gallery in Ljubljana is organizing a big humanitarian auction of noted works of art by Slovene artists as famous as Rihard Jakopič, Božidar Jakac, France Mihelič and Matej Sternen.
The photographic section will consist of works by Stojan Kerbler, Joco Žnidaršič, Jane Štravs and myself.

All proceeds will go towards buying the necessary equipment for Porodnišnica Ljubljana and Onkološki inštitut.

The artworks are on display at Zala Gallery, Gosposka 7, 1000 Ljubljana, from November 26th until December 2nd between 10h-13h and 17h-19h, Saturdays 10h-12h.

The auction will take place at the Zala Gallery on Wednesday, December 2nd, at 19h.

Your generous contributions are welcome.

Thank you.

UPDATE: The picture was sold. Thank you again.

Friday, November 20, 2009

White Desert, Egypt - A Whipped Cream Mirage

After a wonderful fortnight in Egypt I returned with a laptop full of swimwear photos for Nancy Beachwear catalogue 2010.
The real star of the job was the landscape though - The White Desert national park spreads for 3000 square kilometers in the Western Oases region of Egypt. Limestone or "chalk" formations are the remains of microscopic marine animals (!) deposited over 80 million years ago when all the region was under water.
A small hommage to Eugenio Recuenco perhaps, who inspired this year's location.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Paranoia with Masha Balashova

Masha and I did an editorial in London's Oxleas Woods. It deals with fears, paranoias and OCDs.
The stylist was the young and talented Celia Arias, hair by Ryutaro, makeup by Kristina Vidic.
Model: Masha B.@Next London

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Selling the American Dream

There is nothing that Kerouac, Salinger and Hunter S. Thompson left out. Except one thing: The American dream doesn't exist anymore.

The article "Tame Wild West" is coming out in the form of a 10-page spread in the Slovene edition of National Geographic Traveler November 15th 2009.

Photo: Antelope Canyon, USA.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

The London Days (Featuring Rachel Rutt)

We were back in the UK again to do an editorial with this year's hottest model, the amazing Rachel Rutt. She stormed this year's New York Fashion Week and took New York by storm. Born in Hong Kong, raised in Japan and living in Australia, this Eurasian beauty from Next London just finished a shoot with Nick Knight for a brilliant new project called ShowStudio (at Sommerset House) and joined us for a fashion story shot on location in London's Spitalfields (W1).

Here just a sneak backstage preview of always positive Rachel and me, more coming soon to a glossy fashion bible "Modna" this autumn.

**Added the opening spread from the editorial "Rachel Rutt in RUNAWAY", c/o Modna Jana magazine. Also added a shot we made with Rachel in Hoxton Square for her mini-interview.

***June 2010: Bumped into Rachel on Brick Lane, London. Matjaz Tancic made a 'Street fashion' style shot of us.

Friday, October 2, 2009

The Ring of FIre

I am newly in love.
With Iceland, with Sigur Ros and Mum.
I am back home, but I still dream of that old factroy with a rusty ship in Djupavik...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Girls who like boys who like boys to be girls who do boys like they're girls...

The buzzword of 2009 is androgynous.

Four of the best Slovene female models transformed into androgynous boys for the new & revamped MODNA fashion magazine.

With art direction & photography by yours truly, the remake was made by the genious touch of Luka Luka.

(Models: Tjaša, Karin@Bronz, Kaja, Neža@Model Group).

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Masterpiece from Detroit

Remember - happiness is the way of travel, not a destination.

(On the photo: the legendary tail fin of Cadillac Eldorado Convertible '59, dubbed the "gothic cathedral on wheels" and arguably the most beautiful car ever built. Also the car that drove me and my wife to our wedding. Ahhh...)

Friday, September 4, 2009

Taking Germany by Storm

It's official: German Playboy published my photos of Sabina Mali in their October special edition "Worlds' most beautiful women on 100 pages".

German franchise is one of the biggest and strongest editions after the giant US edition (which also published my photographs of Nike Zalokar and Sanja Grohar), the Russians and the Brazilians - and one of my favorites on par with the French, who combine fashion and daring non-mainstream avantgarde in their editorials.

The new Italian edition is becoming better and better, and the Russians are...well...amazing.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Time Never Dies. The Circle is not round.

"With a shriek birds flee across the black sky, people are silent, my blood aches from waiting..."
Meša Selimović

(The title and the quote are from BEFORE THE RAIN, one of the best Macedonian films of all times and one of my eternal favourites. The movie was directed by Milcho Manchevski and shot in London and in a wild, remote Macedonian region of Mariovo, among the rocky plateaus and stone houses of two beautiful if mostly deserted villages Štavica and Zovik. The movie - which was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Golden Lion in Venice - has a KILLER SOUNDTRACK composed by a Macedonian group of musicians called Anastasia. Their music is a blend combining Byzantine past, Orthodox Church music and a rich gamut of ethnic Macedonian rhythms.)

On the photograph: Štavica (Shtavica) village in Mariovo, where a large part of the movie was shot.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair extravaganza galore, courtesy of a young scissor wizard Matej Komar and Tina Fabjan, a very talented head of make-up artists@Max Factor.

Published in Modna Jana July-August double issue.

Models: Lana@Talia & Hana@MG

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Albania, I salute you!

In the land of Enver Hoxha everything is peaceful and nice. What other mediterranean country offers you empty beaches (no, really!) with azure Ionian sea, good food (think mouth-watering lamb, qifqi and sweet xupa), thousands of empty bunkers (hmmmm), lush mountains and some pretty Ottoman architecture (like Old Kruja, Berati or Gjirokastra)?
But Albania's greatest treasure must be the coast between Llogaraja Pass and Saranda, where mountains plunge into the sea and the alluring sandy beaches offer unpredictable joys for weary travellers?

The buzz is out - Albania is one of the hottest "new" destinations in Western Balkans.
See for yourself!

Friday, July 10, 2009

Return to Alphaville

Alphaville, une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution revisited, this time in London's Docklands, where "all things weird are normal in this ho of cities." A hommage to Godard's dystopian vision of technocratic progress.

My favorite quote from the movie must be Alpha 60's noir reflection on scientific logic:
"Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus".

Or maybe Lemmy Caution's "One never understands anything. Then suddenly one evening you end up dying of it."

>>See a great clip from the movie here.

(Model: Gabriela@FM London)

Thursday, July 2, 2009

On the cover

Dnevnik, one of Slovenia's three biggest newspapers, spent a day with me for its thursday supplement's main article. They put me on the cover as well, which is great news - I haven't been on any cover since 1976 (that's 33 years!), when Stop magazine published a photo of me with my mother, then a young scrub working part-time as a TV presenter for the national television.

The IN photo was shot by Aljoša Kravanja/Zaklop, the Stop cover by Mr. Stane Jerko, Slovenia's one and only pioneer fashion photographer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Ukrainian Beauty

Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the world.

(From Walt Whitman's Song of Myself, 1855.)

See the video here.

Model: Nadiya Bychkova

Saturday, June 27, 2009

World's craziest beach

One of my favorite beaches (right after French Polynesia, the Maldives and those at Palawan, Philippines) must be Maho Beach on the caribbean island of St. Maarten, Dutch West Indies.

It has the unique privilege (world-wide!) of an airport strip located just after the beach ends and thus sees planes landing literally meters above sunbathers' heads.

But the real fun part of it all is siting at the adjacent Sunset bar, drinking an ice cold lager and watching idiots standing on the beach when a plane takes off. The jet blast swipes everyone to the sea, together with their tropical drinks and expensive cameras.

If you want to see it for yourself just click here and here.

Ah, the fun of ignorance.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The London Exhibition 2.0

I am extremely pleased to inform everyone that two of my Miniverse photos were chosen for this year's Summershow organized by Foto8, the publishers of 8 Magazine, which is "dedicated to publishing photo stories whilst exploring the boundaries between photography, journalism and art".

The exhibition will launch (with a huge party) on July 24th at HOST Gallery in London.

(For Slovene version of the article published on click here)

The 50 best works (including the Miniverse series) from this year's Summershow will also be exhibited at Crane Kalman Gallery in Brighton for another 3 weeks.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Do you have what it takes to become a professional photographer?

Mr.G opened my eyes with his blog entry:

"In his latest book Malcolm Gladwell argues that if you want to really master something, the number of hours you will need to invest into it will revolve around 10,000."

10,000 hours if you want to be an expert at photography. It means 14 years if you are doing it 2 hours per day.

Think about that...!

(Model: Eva@Bronz)