Interview | Belgrade Streets Photography

I’m proud to present one of my blogger friends’ efforts here and invite you to see some awesome work by Belgrade Streets photography. I invited Andy to answer a few questions about his work that I have been following on his blog. I found it hard to pick my favorite photo on his blog so here is a couple I have chosen that I think sums up Belgrade Streets so well. A fresh, personal view of the city that is completely honest, and confounding to much of Serbia’s reputation. Great to see photographers, under their own motivation, creating their own work under their own voice, and finding ways to get it seen on their terms. I’m looking forward to seeing more from this photographer. Here is 10 @ 10 with Andy.

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What inspired you to become a photographer and why did you choose Belgrade streets?
Photography has been a lifelong passion!
I received my first camera, a Kodak Instamatic, as a young child, one Christmas.  I remember how thrilling it was to wait to see the prints after they had been developed days later!
“belgradestreets” began in part as a response to a challenge thrown down by a friend.  It became a way to record my changing feelings for a complicated city and the people who live and work here.
Photography has become an important part of my life.
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What is it about Belgrade that you are focusing on?
The people, their lives, the grit and raw beauty of a city, a country, a people in transition. I’m trying to record my perspective of a city which bears the scars of its recent history with pride, one with a unique vibrancy which touches all those who visit.
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Why street photography?
I love to capture life as it is, capture a moment in time. I try to capture people and places as they are, try not to “dress them up”.  I like my images to be “real”, sometimes blunt and uncompromising.  I’d like the person seeing them to have some idea of the feeling the subject aroused in me.
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And how does this reflect Belgrade/Serbia/Serbs?
I hope that my blog, and book, paint a different, a fair, picture of Belgrade, Serbia and the people who live and work here.  When I was planning to move here from Sydney, it was very hard to find information about the city, and what I could find back then was not entirely encouraging.
Things are changing now as more and more people discover the city and its people.
I’d like to think that in some way I have contributed to that discovery.
And the city and its people have captured my heart.
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What are your favourite locations for shooting?
For me, it’s not so much the location.  It’s the details that I see when out on the streets. The beauty behind the crumbling facade.  The glimpse of the courtyard hidden away behind the gate or doorway.  The expression of the person looking out from the bus.  I love the hidden away streets, the clutter and anarchy which contrasts so much with the branded “identikit” streets we now see across the globe. On “belgradestreets” you really do know where you are.
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Who are the photographers that influence and inspire you? What motivates you to keep going?
I admire so many photographers. However cliched it may be, I do love the work of Ansel Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson.
And now, through blogging and apps such as Instagram, it’s possible to find a huge, previously untapped range of images from ordinary people across the globe.  My feeling is the way in which photography has opened up in this way brings richness and depth and a new and constant challenge to those who take their photography seriously.
I love to express myself through photography.  My work on “belgradestreets” has become a personal journal and has built connections with people across the world.
For me, the big question is what next?
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What are you hoping to reveal through your pictures?
That’s very simple. Life on “belgradestreets” as it is today.
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How long are you planning to stay in Belgrade?
I came here on a two year contract.  That has now been extended.  Many people I know came here and stayed a lot longer than they planned.
The city, its people, make thinking about leaving difficult.
So, we shall see!
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Tell us about your photographic equipment – what cameras do you use and how it helps you.
I’m lucky to own a Nikon D700 and a range of Nikon lenses accumulated over the last decade or so.  For “belgradestreets” I often leave a 50mm f1.4 lens screwed on the front, it’s light, flexible, works in any kind of light and lets me use very tight depth of field to bring out the details which have become a big part of my work.
I use my iPhone every day. My “belgradestreets” feed on instagram runs in parallel with my blog and features many shots grabbed when the moment presents itself.  Often those shots will end up on my blog or inspire a new post.
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And finally, show us one of your favourite shots and tell us a bit about it.
This shot from a recent post says a lot about life on “belgradestreets”.
The words capture many people’s feeling for a city that surprises and delights.
Hope for the future is strong on “belgradestreets”.
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You can, and should, also follow Belgrade Streets Blog, their Facebook page or Twitter.
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Serbia Open Cafe | Novak Djokovic

INTERIOR | ARCHITECTURE

Project: Novak Cafe | http://www.novakcafe.rs | Architects: Bojan Supeljak | Location: Belgrade, Serbia | Compleated: 2009

The Belgrade Tournament ATP  and one of his major player, Mr Djokovic, has requested for a new restaurant to live up to the standards requested by the ATP tournament. The studio has design a venue that favors from the best view of the tennis courts and its adjoining areas as well as providing a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, a precious luxury in the frenzy of the tournament organization.
Photo © Paolo Colombo
 

Fashion Studio | Irena Kilibarda

INTERIOR | FASHION

Project: Fashion Studio| Architects: Irena Kilibarda | Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Here are some images of a fashion store in Belgrade, Serbia, designed by architect Irena Kilibarda of Dsigned By for fashion designer Tamara Radivojevic. Fashion Store is located in the centre of Belgrade-Strahinjica Bana street, which has become a hotspot for up-and-coming fashion designers and their studios since its opening.

Much like the fashion designer’s neutral, minimalist creations, the Fashion Studio in Belgrade maintains a modern, minimalist aesthetic, which is probably due to Kilibarda’s use of concrete. The walls and floors are all made of concrete, and curved in a way so as to visually rise and meet each other.

[Via Dezeen here]

Disco Bar Mladosti | Belgrade, Serbia

INTERIOR

Project: Disko Bar Mladosti | Architects: Fluid arhitektura (FLUID: ARCHITECTURE) | Location: Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade disco bar Mladost was opened 2010. Interior design is signed by Belgrade architecture and design studio Fluid arhitektura (FLUID: ARCHITECTURE), led by Đorđe Gec. They gave the space good yet raw look and colored it with dimmed light penetrating the blurry bar glass.

Beton Hala | Comunale Restaurant

ARCHITECTURE

Project: Beton Hala / Comunale Restaurant | Location: Belgrade, Serbia | Architect:

Building completion: 2010 | Photographs: Ana Kostic, Marko Todorovic

Comunale restaurant is located in Belgrade, an industrial building constructed in 1937, which stretches along Sava river port, five minute walk from the central city pedestrian zone. Once warehouse with six meters ceiling height and construction grid defined by concrete columns of 5.5 meters span, the place was converted into new gathering place of Italian cuisine’s lovers. As the name suggests, seating is organized with massive communal tables, made of steel, positioned both on ground floor and gallery, with wooden benches and bar stools. Focal point is bar counter, tile covered, where guests can observe the preparation of food.

[via ArchDaily.com]

Happy New Year 2012!!

Dresden, Germany

New York, USA

Queenstown, New Zealand

Denver, Colorado

Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Cinque Terre, Italy

Dyrhólaey, Iceland

Schwyz, Switzerland

Stockholm, Sweden

San Francisco, California, USA

Rome, Italy

Venice, Italy

Shanghai, China

Barcelona, Spain

Santorini, Greece

London, England

Victoria, BC, Canada

Tokyo, Japan

Paris, France

Belgrade, Serbia

Sydney, Australia

To all my dear family, friends & blog readers around the world wishing you a fabulous 2012 with full of great achievements and experiences. A meaningful chapter is waiting to be written HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for all your support and visiting ARHITEKTURA+ in last couple weeks since its first launch. New Year is the time to unfold new horizons & realize new dreams, rediscover the strength & faith within you, to rejoice in simple pleasures & gear up for a new challenges. Wishing u a truly fulfilling 2012 and looking forward bringing you lots of great new posts in the new year!!

[images via flickr]

Hedonist yacht by Art of Kinetik’s, Belgrade, Serbia

“If an artist tries consciously to do something to others,
it is to stretch their eyes, their thoughts, and to do something they
would not see or feel if the artist had not done it.
To achieve this, he has to stretch his own horizons first.”

– Henry Moore

Everyone always dreams about owning a yacht one day but we all have to agree this is the most amazing yacht you have seen!

Hedonist embodies the very soul of Art of Kinetik. Blending enviable levels of comfort and refinement with daring looks and peerless performance, this 63 foot yacht epitomizes the genre. Its solid mahogany hull and Rolls Royce water jets combine to deliver a stealthily smooth ride even at speeds up to 40 knots. Aesthetics define every detail: no screws or plastic are visible anywhere. We believe Hedonist is the purest expression of art and technology imaginable.

[via Art of Kinetik]

Square Nine Hotel, Belgrade, Serbia

ARCHITECTURE

Project:Square Nine Hotel | Location:Belgrade, Serbia | Architect:Isay Weinfeld
Date: Beginning of the project: 2005 | Building completion: February 2011

Designed by Architect Isay Weinfeld, the Square Nine Hotel is a contemporary construction integrating both modern and historical elements, as seen in many of the surrounding buildings.  Located in the heart of Belgrade’s historical center, the boutique-inspired hotel is within walking distance to shops, restaurants and Kalemegdan.

Square Nine Hotel is the first five-star hotel to open in more than a decade in Belgrade. Located right in the heart of the historic center conspiring the ideal place to stay and pamper yourselves in contemporary luxury as you discover the blossoming capital of Belgrade. One of my favorite cities in the world.

The hotel was born from the owner’s desire to be part of Belgrade’s renovation, impressing a luxurious, but more familiar character to the city.

The interior design applies materials such as stone, bronze mirrors and wood claddings, both light and dark colored, which results in very cozy ambients and the most elegant atmosphere.

Isay Weinfeld
Architect