For me photography is one of the best things that happened in my life. Let me quote myself (About page) “I mentioned in About that I inherited love for photography from my father who was also addicted his whole life so I suppose I couldn’t run away from it. I mean what can you do when you are growing up with film roles in the fridge, when your toilet/bathroom is also a darkroom, when in the living room you are walking among the developed photos drying on the big paper sheets.”
After my father passed away photography become something more for me, more emotional, taking photos of the upper town in Zagreb is like omage to my father’s work and it really means something for me. But to put emotions on side there a lot of great stuff I was missing before I took camera in my hands.
Most of tourists are just running up and down looking at their guidebooks or taking selfies next to landmarks and that’s it. Or they are trying to find some great place to eat so they can make a photo of their food and put it on Instagram. Sure, they have mobile phones, even DSLRs, but they are not really taking photos, they are not creating memories. When you are a photographer in a new town or place or some beautiful nature your eyes are wide open. I started looking all over me since I’m walking with camera. You look at people differently, architecture is more fascinating, every detail is interesting, you interact more and you bring home more memories in your head and your memory card.
You even don’t have to travel to some new place; you can rediscover your hometown. I’m doing it every time.
I’m big fan of music. I’m listening to it daily for at least 5 hours. You can say I’m addicted to it. And what’s better than to combine your 2 addictions in one beautiful thing called concert photography.
Feeling when you are just few steps from the people you listen to your whole life (not your parents) is simply amazing. I was at numberless concerts without camera and I enjoyed most of them, but when you are there in front of your music idols with your camera, well that’s whole new thing. Happiness – ninja level. I got hooked after I called a friend and asked for a press pass for James Brown concert in Zagreb. Since that in my Concerts folder there are Depeche Mode, Dubliners, James Brown, Leonard Cohen, Joe Cocker, Pogues, Zaz, Dropkick Murphys, Gang of four and more.
These days I’m not that active in photo pit but I’ll tell you about that some other time.
As opposed to music I don’t know shit about sport; I never played a day in my life of any sport (not proud of it), I never fanatically followed any team…except Formula 1 but there is something about sports photography.
I started with Croatian Football League, not much of amazing football action but it was a start. Years after that I’ve been shooting UEFA Championship League, FIFA qualifiers and all bunch of other sports like handball EHF Champions League, Snow Queen Trophy skiing, Fencing European Championship, a lot of rallys and other car races, Tour of Croatia cycling, KHL and EBEL hockey, IAAF World Challenge, K1, MMA, but I still like to shoot some minor sports like rugby or baseball.
That competitive spirit, adrenaline, fans, danger..I suppose these are the triggers pushing me to keep shooting sport and spend money on equipment. Hell, I even bought 1DX MK II for it.
Walking in nature is also something else with your gear on back. Would you normally take a walk off the path, wake up early in the morning for some misty sunrise or stand freezing in the middle of the night to see a milky way or wait at one spot for that magic moment of blue hour? Let’s be honest, we wouldn’t. Photography addiction let you do all this crazy stuff. It keeps pushing you forward.
Photo above was taken in Ireland at Slieve league cliffs (Sliabh Liag). The weather was terrible, mist so heavy and wind so strong it was closing car doors when we opened them. But I was there determined to make a photo so I went up the hill, closed the big doors behind me so the sheep don’t run away and drove to the top. After that some more walking while crazy wind was blowing and then finally some shooting. I didn’t make any spectacular photos but love for photography was pushing me up and I didn’t regret a second of it. Spectacular view and experience for life.
Oh boy the family photos… With your camera you are like the guardian of time. I inherited that job from my father and to tell you the truth this is awesome job. And it’s well payed also. All those smiles and happy faces when you show some older photos or birthday parties, weddings, christenings or simple BBQs – no money can buy that.
Since I become father to beautiful baby girl my camera is always on the table ready to shoot because I don’t want to miss any moment of my Rita childhood.
But this job is also a great responsibility. Family will always ask you for photos, they will always expect that you bring your camera, older people are going to need printed photos, and off course you need to have them forever, to find them in a second so do your backup and keep organized.
During my “photography career” I have met a lot of great people also enthusiastic about it and made some long lasting friendships. It’s nice when you can talk about your hobby with someone who totally gets you, who inspires you, motivates you or teaches you stuff you don’t know.
These are some of the things why I like photography so much and why I’m spending my money and time on it. I wish I have some more free time to improve my photography skills and to see even more beautiful stuff that photography offers.
Most of photographers start shooting as a hobby, than they realize they like it a lot and that it’s very expensive hobby so they start doing some jobs, and then small jobs become big jobs and next thing you know you don’t like photography that much so please don’t kill your hobby keep it in balance and you won’t regret it.