Monday, July 19, 2010

Wild At Heart (with Lindsey Byard)

"This whole world's wild at heart and weird on top. "
Lula, from David Lynch's Wild At Heart (1990)

(...see more in Modna magazine.)

Photo: Ales Bravnicar
Styling: Barbara Zgalin
Make-up: Kristina Vidic using Mac Pro
Hair: Ryutaro ( using L'Oreal
Photographer's assistant: Marta Lamovsek
Assistant to stylist: Jana Marincic
Model: Lindsey Byard@Next London

Thursday, July 8, 2010

I love American Apparel - and American Apparel loves me back!

I am a huge fan of American Apparel.
I love their philosophy. I love Dov Charney's vision.
I love their ads (they use employees and friends instead of models, but those with Sasha Grey, Faye Reagan, Charlotte Stokely and other hipster porn lolitas are the raunchiest advertising pieces still allowed - though not everywhere, mind you).

Their wonderfully kinky & just perfectly sleazy stuff is not available this side of the Alps, so I sometimes grab a piece in their shops in Vienna (nearest), London, LA or Las Vegas (Outlet!!!).

I love to incorporate their stuff into my work - on models and my photographs. I think it is the "perfect amount of stable foam" on the cappuccino of sexiness.

>>But there's more! One fine day I received this letter in my inbox:
Hi, Ales! I work at American Apparel and we're huge fans of your erotica and glamour work!

Michelle Lemay
American Apparel

To prove it Michelle sent a huge package full of wonderful stuff - so huge that the completely incompetent FedEx Slovenia held it for 15 days, not knowing how to handle a priority express shipment.
Thanks for the effort, Michelle, our mutual platonic love just bloomed. Now if there was any way to meet Dov...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Verses, carved in stone - Nakovana, the prettiest ghost town in Croatia

Since 6000BC there have been people here. Illyrians, Romans, pirates, you name it.
The village Nakovana was first mentioned in the 14th century and was apparently one of the most developed settlements on Pelješac after Ston. After being part of the Dubrovnik Republic, the Italian Fascists burned down the village and the Germans forced the population to seek refuge (this is rather interesting) in the Sahara Desert (in El Shatt, Egypt). Upon returning, very few resettled in the village and today there are only 4 people living in Donja Nakovana (its heyday saw as many as 270).

Ivan Lupis Vukić, the croatian inventor of the torpedo (really!) lived here and there are many people with the surname Lupis still living around the region. The attractive stone houses are quite well preserved and kept neat mostly because of an eager civil association called "Uzorna Nakovana". They are doing a fine job! Due to its great historic value the area is now a protected cultural and ecological zone, well signposted and tidy.

There is something mystical about this village. Trust me.