While in Brazil.
IP: Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
TR: I grew up in Serbia and lived there until recently, now I live and study in Switzerland.
IP: How did you become interested in photography?
TR: I was always obsessed with images, movies, paintings, tattoos, fashion, popular culture… I digested a lot of different content throughout my life and it all made me interested in arts in general.
IP: How would you describe your photographic style?
TR: In the beginning it was one big mess, and with time my style is changing a lot as I keep on discovering new interests and ways of expressing myself. I also started studying art & media recently in Zurich with my main focus on photography, so that is opening some new chakras in me I didn’t know existed and who knows where it will take me…
IP: What drew you to life and scenery of Brazil?
TR: Brazil was like food for eyes, I couldn’t stop watching and admiring. I learned a lot about their culture and history but also their politics which influences everyday life and is hard to ignore, very much like in my country. I also got to experience carnival at the place where it originated from, Olinda. It was surreal experience and I one of my favourite cameras broke during a massive rain that hit us, but at least the film survived and some of those photos are included in this story.
IP: What story are you trying to tell in this series?
TR: From Brazil with love…
IP: The images are sometimes slightly askew or blurred. What effect does this add to your images?
TR: I love hazy and blurry photos since they translate very well that feeling of unknown, exciting and new. That certain feeling you only get when you visit somewhere far away and so different. You almost feel like you fell in love and you are going to remember it forever so well and lively, but it somehow stays very hazy in your memory, becoming hazier further as time goes. It’s very romantic but that’s exactly how it felt, like falling in love with the places and energy of Brazil, and those feelings are sometimes better said through blurry images rather than sharp ones.
IP: Are these snapshots or more staged? What is your process of getting these pictures?
TR: None of them staged, all little glimpses of what I saw. I didn’t edit them much either. A few images were damaged in the rain. I liked rain effects so I left them.
IP: You combine people and buildings, nature and the city, close-ups and shots from a distance? Is this a choice?
TR: It’s definitely a choice. Usually the strongest impressions when I first visit any place are people, architecture and nature. We are inseparable from architecture as we are from nature, but we use buildings to separate us from nature (and ourselves) and to isolate us. Architecture wouldn’t be there without people and it says a lot about society as we leave it as sign of our existence. And without nature people wouldn’t exist anyway. Pretty much we all belong together.
IP: What are you looking forward to shooting in the next year?
TR: I look forward to shooting more with medium format cameras.