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Red rooftops are so European, so Croatian.
Whether in Dubrovnik or in Zagreb they tell a story.
Bright red of Dubrovnik rooftops tells a story about devastation during war for Independence and renovation, rejuvenation.
Red rooftops in Zagreb tell a story of resilience not only during war, but 2020 earthquakes that are still going on.
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Ancient city of Dubrovnik.
Every year we spent few days in Dubrovnik visiting our friend. Every year there is not enough time to photograph everything I would like. That balance between socialising, vacationing and working is always hard to find.
“Dubrovnik is a city in southern Croatia fronting the Adriatic Sea. It’s known for its distinctive Old Town, encircled with massive stone walls completed in the 16th century. Its well-preserved buildings range from baroque St. Blaise Church to Renaissance Sponza Palace and Gothic Rector’s Palace, now a history museum. Paved with limestone, the pedestrianised Stradun (or Placa) is lined with shops and restaurants.” Wikipedia
The year of 2020 was hard on Dubrovnik as the city mainly depends on air traffic and cruise ships to bring tourists in. The whole economy of the city was badly hit. It took them a month or two just to realise that they need to offer something else and try to attract domestic tourists to save the season. So, the season was shifted to a late season and it was very, very different. For me, as a photographer it was great to enjoy almost empty streets. It was great to experience the city as locals do.
We recently returned from our 5 weeks travel to Croatia. It is (sadly) corona times and not a lot of people travel. A part from visiting my parents, it was so much needed vacation and as always, I never stop creating, that means ideally my vacation is a working vacation. Loads of impressions, memories and photographs/videos I brought back with me. As now, back in Ireland we have to self isolate for 14 days, I am slowly sorting through all materials.
I decided to open this story of Croatia 2020 with underwater imagery that was created with GoPro.
As for 5 weeks we felt freedom, no pressures to stay locked down, freedom to explore and feel and breathe I think it is perfect to start with this photo.
It was made in Dubrovnik, in a place called Porporela, where you swim next to the ancient walls.
Another “freedom” photo was made in Omis, on the beach Brzet.
When nature freely communicate with people! Isn’t that amazing?!
We visited many places, not only on the coast, but also on rivers. One magical place was on the river Zrmanja. Zrmanja shaped a canyon on her way to the sea. It is a beautiful green river that you can swim in as it is just a tad cooler than the Adriatic, 20C. (The highest recorded temperature in August 2011 was 27.5C!)
You can read about our travel from Ireland to Croatia here
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My friend always says – You’d not come to Ireland for weather – but he is wrong.
Most tourists actually do want to experience “true” Ireland and they are never surprised when it rains. It is still summer in Kinsale and we have all-weather-all-the time. I found great combination in my waterproof Fuji XT3 and ability to shoot with film simulations. It just fits moody weather.
So here it is, todays, fresh from camera. Summer in Kinsale.
I love summer! I love sunshine, blue sky and sparkles ✨ on sea surface.
Wherever I am, I carry in me memories of past happy summers on the Adriatic. Even Atlantic Ocean in Ireland looks and feels like Mediterranean on my photographs. It really doesn’t matter if it’s black and white, or colour. Feel it.
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My morning encounter with wild dolphins caused a lot of joy for people who saw my photos.
It was a calm morning, with light swiftly changing from morning blue, over colourful sunrise rainbow, with finish in stormy purples. My plan was to go out to Garrettstown beach and shoot some long exposures. When I spotted a pod of dolphins strolling parallel with the beach and playful jumping out of the water, I started snapping with my camera and caught some nice shots. Cork Beo published an article with my shots. https://www.corkbeo.ie/news/local-news/pictures-capture-dolphins-playing-just-18606865
I also managed to get a nice long exposure with purple clouds.
Yesterday, we visited West Cork. It is not far from our place, practically at our doorstep. When we started our trip it was raining. Nothing new for Ireland. We also new, in a nick of time the weather will change. So it was. The clouds and mist started lifting and the mood was just right for my kind of photography.
This weekend is the yearly art event in Kinsale – Kinsale Artists Weekend (very imaginative name lol) and my photograph is exhibited in one of the windows.
Theme is HOPE and there is a text with it:
“During lockdown we were very limited in our movements. One of the first days when we were allowed to travel a bit further away, I traveled early in the morning to the beach, Garrylucas. There was this ordinary plant on the car park, growing from sand and asphalt and for me that was the utmost visual scene of hope. It was even shaped like a heart.
Even in the toughest circumstances, there is life”
Recently, I was drawn back to the black and white photography. Bnw’s are made with my phone.
I’ve always been alternative photographer. That statement means that I’ve always explored and pushed medium in different directions. I have an inquisitive mind.
Infrareds are so beautiful. Look at them.
Landscape on a completely different level.
Recognisable, but different. Familiar but …
Ireland in red, white and blue.
I guess my Croatian heritage jumps and merges with Irish landscape.
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