Happy New Year guys! Hope the beginning of this brand new 2015. has been pretty neat for you so far. Mine was amazing, especially because it sort of ended with spending time with my friends I get to see not very often, Marijana and Mirko. We often call it Flickr Mixr but, in reality, it’s so much more than that as they are my good friends, regardless of the photography. As usual, we met in Zagreb.
Zagreb, these days, is covered with cliche bokeh opportunities that are simply impossible to leave out. I especially love the ice skating arena area on King Tomislav Square. It really is like in a fairy tale. The only thing I don’t like about it, is the icy, frozen ground as we’ve been having snow and pretty low temperatures. Other than that, beautiful.
On that note, the majority of our time we spent indoor, in this cute little cafe called Velvet, laughing and discussing everything, as usual. If ever in Zagreb (and like this sort of cafes), you should most definitely visit this one, especially if you’re a lifestyle photographer. Everything is just so classy and artistically put together. I wish I had taken more photos of the place. But, I’m sure the trio will visit Velvet once again, sometime in the future. I have some more photos of the place but it was all taken with my phone. I guess I’ll just have to write a seperate post and share them with you. Until then, I wish you all a very blessed beginning of this new year. Much love.
Yes, the title is inspired by Isengard has been unleashed but, let me assure you, our little meetup was the polar opposite from everything Isengard stands for. Now that I completely confused everyone who hasn’t read/watched The Lord of The Rings, I will start to make sense again. But, in a way, we were turning Zagreb upside down. Mirko, Marijana and I.
The amount of joy seeing these two is always beyond. Even an hour prior to the rendezvous point, Marijana and I were sending messages back and forth. And Mirko? Mirko is the only one living in Zagreb and is kinda always late. But, we love him nonetheless. He knows all the best our kind cafes around Zagreb. Our stop of the day was at Finjak, a really cute, small cafe. To prove on how we roll, we immediately removed all the excess things off the table. We wanted no ashtrays and price lists to mess with the composition revolving marble table surface and coffee cups. We are such dorks.
Ain’t Marijana a beauty? I think she’s stunning inside out. Her taste in everything is pristine and classy which shows through her work. She’s always doubting the way she looks in photos. I just brush it off and take a photo of her. Hehe.
After our photo talk, removing cafe’s inventory session at Finjak, we hit the streets which turned out to be our natural habitat. I guess there are just not enough historical buildings, windows and traffic light for us to shoot.
We spent a good amount of time at this crossing with the stunning light shinning from behind. We were basically waiting for unique cars, motorbikes to drive down to street for the photo op. Until such, Marijana took an Instax of Mirko and me. Hehe, we love that photo as it has UFO Sun in the background. I mean, not really.
Now, since Marijana and I are both avid shooting anything and everything photographers, we literally shot everything and anything. That included throwing leaves in the air, Ona backpacks or just risking our lives photographing tram lines. I literally saw people pointing at us. It would be a problem if we really cared. But, we don’t.
I find Zagreb quite pretty during dusk time. The city comes alive in a whole new way. It is more relaxed, the haste is gone, lights turn on and all the little cafés swarm with chatter. I wish to go back, to live there once again. I think I took for granted those three years living there, during college. I barely left my flat, apart from uni obligations. And I lived downtown, one minute walk from the main square. I guess we all, sometimes, don’t understand the younger us and why we did or didn’t do things. Now, I would be walking around with my camera non stop. But, thankfully, I have two of my dearest friends with whom I always experience Zagreb differently.
The guy in the three wheel van (or whatever that might be) actually slowed down so we could get a better shot. You could tell he was smiling. I mean, three manic photographers were all over him with their cameras. Haha, I remember Mirko spotting the guy saying Look, girls, something for you! Indeed, it was.
The first photo, in the diptych above, was taken on the steps of Croatian National Theater where we were just resting our feet from the marathon we literally walked. The second one is, obviously, the Main train station.
As usually, how it goes, our day had to come to an end. I can’t describe you the dreaded feel of always checking the time. Calculating how much we’ve got left before our train departures. It wasn’t the haste to make in on time, it was more the sadness to actually part ways. I really and honestly adore them two. Thank you, Marijana and Mirko, for such a lovely day. Can’t wait to see you again! God bless.
You know how Marijana, Mirko and I get together from time to time (due to the fact we all live in different cities and countries), well, this time was no different. We met again, in Zagreb, last Thursday. The weather was unbearably hot and humid but, we still managed to walk around and just hang out. All four of us (as Marijana’s boyfriend, Ivan, was with us) spent the majority of time just sitting down and chatting about photography and bicycles, typing without looking down at your keyboard and so on. We love random. It’s seems to always be that way; We chat more than we photograph – it’s because we don’t see each other too often. Even though we type back and forth all the time, it’s no comparison to a real, eye to eye, chat.
Ok, so you might notice there is no one else beside Marijana, in my photos. I guess we were just in the zone. And, her outfit was very Pinterest like. The photo above is of when Mirko challenged Marijana to type without looking at the keyboard. Kids.
We met in Zagreb’s botanical garden, arriving one by one (as I said, Marijana + Ivan). We spent a couple of moments there (shooting) and then continued toward the town’s center. Let me tell you, if you live in the city, botanical gardens are a must during those mega humid and sunny days. Even more so than just regular parks as the trees are all over the place providing a nice hideout from the sun. I wish we photographed more, there. It might not be as colorful as it is during the Spring but the summer green is pretty, too.
Don’t you just love Marijana’s Ona bag? It is gorgeous and can hold a fair amount of geer – it is huge! This kind I wouldn’t recommend to a petite person as it is that big. On the other hand, Marijana is supermodel tall so, no aesthetical weirdness there.
We made a stop in front of Mimara (a musem in Zagreb) and Marijana twirled (for the photo purposes, not just randomly, guys!). I almost thanked her for dressing the way she did. Haha. So photogenic, right?
Man, I just feel sad for not living closer to them. Some people could live door to door and still care less about each other. I would love to be able to hang out with them on a daily or, at least, weekly basis. Or even monthly! It is just not fair we have to wait so long to see each other. And, we all met online. Huh. Internet is a blessing, if you use it right and for the things that benefit you (random youtube videos not included as they are crucial for boredom).
We parted ways after a couple of hours of fun. The moment I left them, I began to suffer from a headache and nausea. Yep, my body has this weird habit to overheat when the weather is humid and hot. On my way home, I really tried to cope with the hard core road curves as almost each and every one was a challenge – to live through without vomiting. But, the memory of that faded the moment I got better and all was left with were good memories of that entire day. I love my friends! God bless.