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Challenging and Irresistible: Landscape Photography Challenging and Irresistible: Landscape Photography

   The image of nature, as part of sacral iconography and profane compositions and as a theme, through the history of art and in the modern age, has attracted the attention of many artists and commissioners of art. In addition to its basic ideology and its place in private collections, the image of nature has gained an expanded meaning and role in modern national-political propaganda of national ideas and contemporary tourism campaigns, thus representing and promoting a particular tourist place with all its natural, historical, cultural and social characteristics.

   Process of creating an image of nature is very complex and consists of a number of elements. One of the most important elements for landscape composition is certainly the nature contours. By its geographical characteristics nature has shaped itself and thus has been determined. Peaks, hills, hillsides, meadows, seas, rivers and lakes, wildlife make a complex picture of nature, the characteristics of one space. Landscape photography requires a good sense of space and handling in it. Similar to the photography of architecture, interiors and exteriors, the sense of space and nature allows for a better perception of all its features and therefore a better visual presentation.

   Walking through the marked hiking trails at Tara mountain photographer holiday turned into a working vacation, or relaxing job. Who is guilty because I can't travel without my camera ?! ☺ Professional deformity or not, Tara has relentlessly challenged me with her characteristics. Whether in her open clearing or in the heart of her dense forest, she completely introduced me to her world and inspired me. In addition to orientation in space and understanding of nature, waiting for certain images made it possible to create special compositions of landscapes. New photography is inevitable! ☺

 

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                                                                                            Tara mountain

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                                                                                             Tara mountain

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                                                                                            Tara mountain

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                                                                                            Tara mountain

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                                                                                            Tara mountain

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                                                                                             Tara mountain

 

   The feeling of space is certainly associated with a sense of nature and the rhythm of her breathing. The connection with nature at a given moment greatly facilitates the perception of all its features, advantages and disadvantages and therefore provides its better and more successful presentation. In addition to certain technical specifications of photography, the play of light and shadow, shapes and lines, different angles and focuses are of great importance for the composition of nature's image. Mountaineering on the Homolje mountains, also with a camera, has introduced me with this area and allowed me to take a picture of it. Uninhabited, winding hiking trails, scattered trees and hilly terrain gave the Homolje mountains rhythm and inspiration to create compositions of landscape photography.

 

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                                                                                        Homolje mountains

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                                                                                        Homolje mountains

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                                                                                         Homolje mountains

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                                                                                       Homolje mountains

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                                                                                        Homolje mountains

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                                                                                        Homolje mountains

  

   One of the elements that is of great importance for the composition of landscapes and builds on all the previous elements is the weather or weather conditions in the field. It is the weather that determines the final and the current picture of nature and a particular landscape. The experience of photographing on Kopaonik is an ideal example of the influence of weather conditions on the image of nature. Specifically, during her time at Kopaonik, photographing for the Brzeće Center Apartments, nature showed me how challenging and overwhelming it can be. The sunny November day fulfiled of autumn colors was complemented by the foggy morning of the next day, which ended with the subjective impression of a snowstorm that gave this exciting mountain the winter white blanket the next day. Weather conditions are an inseparable element for building an image of nature as they give it a special note of its own. The weather creates its own unique image. It was overwhelming in the breaks between photographing the interior of the apartments to run and record the life of the mountain, a sunny day, a very thick fog that swallowed the wooded hillsides and, under the umbrella a snowstorm that was mesmerizing in the evening. The race for the images is the main feature of the photographing of Kopaonik. This very inspiring mountain definitely deserves attention and I will always be happy to come back, with my Canon of course! ☺

 

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                                                                                        Kopaonik mountain

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                                                                                        Kopaonik mountain

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                                                             Brzeće Center Apartments, Kopaonik mountain

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                                                               Brzeće Center Apartments, Kopaonik mountain

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                                                                                        Kopaonik mountain

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                                                                                        Kopaonik mountain

 

Each area is distinguished by its characteristics and beauty, and therefore nature needs to be given attention, explored, connected with and felt it. Use advantages and disadvantages, weather conditions when nature itself creates images and present the way you want. Magic will definitely happen. Landscape photography, that is nature photography, certainly contributes to the photographer's characteristics, his sensibilities and emotions. It is a great challenge for the photographer to photograph nature and very irresistible to capture her portrait.

First Love Never Dies: Theater Photography First Love Never Dies: Theater Photography

   The lights turned off and only calm, silence and distinctive scent of theater remained in the air. Excitement is growing.

  Before photographing the theater play, gaining insight into the topic of the play can be very helpful for its better understanding and perception of all the elements. A well-regarded performance makes good theatrical photography.

   The beginning of the show also advertises the beginning of a complex process of photography. Through a comprehensive observation of the scene, the photographer's personality is fully committed to the play. A sense of ubiquity has been created on the boards that life means. Of great importance is to follow the entire course of the play in order to memorize its most important segments. A theater play is a series of related and inimitable moments and depending on the performance it can be very dynamic. Concentration and speed in those moments become the photographer's best friends.

   Actors, as the main protagonists of the play, with their appearance on stage, become the main focus point in the composition of theater photography. Their acting, expression and style, artistic skills, emotions, overall posture fill the photographic frame. The actor’s portrait is creating.

 

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                                            Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

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                                            Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

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                                              Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

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                                              Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

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                                              Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

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                                             Kadri Özcan, Overcoat, 42th Festival of monodrama and mime 2017.

 

   Depending on the theme and type of the play, a certain role carries with it a certain dynamic of the body that builds on the acting itself and its expression. Body movements are part of the overall theatricality of the actor and the play itself, so playfulness on the stage or forcing body position in one part of the stage are an inseparable part of any composition of theater photography.

 

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                          Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

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                          Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

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                          Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

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                         Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

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                          Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

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                          Marko Nektan and Lidija Antonovic, Dream-Vision, 43th Festival of monodrama and mime 2018.

 

   During a photo session of theater performances, motifs of scenography are as one of the elements that plays an important role for both the play itself and its image. The very ambience of the play and its form, design, interior and exterior, costumes, properties and special effects give the photo a decorative and complete representative frame.

 

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                           Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

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                             Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

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                            Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

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                           Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

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                         Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

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                           Katarina Orlandic, I am the bird, I am everything, 44th Festival of monodrama and mime 2019.

 

   In process of photographing theater photography, photography touches on the art of theater. It is made up of all elements of the play and shows her expression and style, theme, artistic skills, overall artistic reach. In addition to the great role of the whole team, which is responsible for the theatrical performance, its visual memory is also due to the photographer, his personality, creativity and artistic affinities. The active search for good angles and frames plays a significant role in the more expressive and impressive presentation of content on stage. Take full advantage of all the elements of the show in the best possible way to confront and saving from oblivion, its representation and popularization within marketing campaigns. The theater play is getting its own photographic portrait.

Mirror of Self: Portrait Photography Mirror of Self: Portrait Photography

   The observation of the human person, his character traits, facial expressions, body language and everything that characterizes a person draws a lot of attention to the lens. The first solo exhibition Mirror of Self, realized at the Gallery Gallery 78 in Belgrade in 2011, has just emerged from the great interest in portrait photography and several years of portrait studies.

   At the very beginning of the project, the emphasis was on models that are part of everyday life. It is important to point out that the aim of this study was to present portraits of models that are not part of public life and not accustomed to exposing themselves to the cameras, which would see the result of working with them. Such conception of the project idea leads to the universal story of portrait photography.

 

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   Every individual, whether from public or private daily life, carries with it certain characteristics which determine and make his self.  The self of the portrait model is the main motive of portrait photography. The starting point in working with models for exhibition Mirror of Self, as well as for any other portraiture, was communication between the model and the photographer. By getting to know, talking, drinking coffee, photographer comes to research and therefore the manifestation of all the features and characteristics of the portrayed. Sometimes through funny and joyful life stories from the life of a model and sometimes through imagined and sad moments that affect the release the self of portrayed model. Playing with character lines leads to special compositions that are packaged through the lens and memorized forever.

 

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   Photographing portraits in the exterior gave a special note to the compositions of portraits for the exhibition Mirror of Self.  Daylight as an excellent light source for photographing portraits in conjunction with the image of the city, on this occasion the image of Belgrade, provided a more vivid expression of the personality of the portraited models who, despite the curiosity of passersby, very well established the game with the camera.

 

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   In addition to individual portraits, the self-personality of one personality is also expressed in group portraits. The manifestation of self in the society gathered for someone is an easy task while for another impossible mission. The task of the photographer is precisely to align each self in society so that no one is obscured and no one is overemphasized. Everyone presents themselves but in relation to each other. The wind in the back for the Mirror of Self project was certainly the fact that we gathered for group photography in the first proposed term. It was winter, cold and snowy day and there were no complaints. ☺

 

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   Portrait Photography is a mystical game that can lead to unfamiliar images.  Observing how the character of portraited model changes in the specific situation and his reading is invaluable for portrait photography. Hundred stories are hundred faces of one person, hundred faces are hundred photographs of a portraited person and they are a mirror of his own self.

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