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angels are among us…

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

angels are among us...

EN:  I took these photos way back on Easter. My sister wears a dress and a wrap top I made. I always think how lucky I am to have a sister as an ever-present beauty, friendship and support. Also, I have to share with you the photo of one little angel that I accidentally managed to take that same day (bellow). I only remember that by the place where we were sitting suddenly appeared a little girl, probably had run away from her parents being sweetly angry because of something. At the moment, she found herself in the unknown environment, took a look around her and glanced at me. Her face suddenly brightened, as it often happens to children when something distract their attention from their impermanent. fluttering thoughts. Fortunately, I had a camera in my hands, and I managed  to gather myself from the sudden beauty of her unusual appearance in time to remembered to use it. A second later, I already didn’t exist in her world any more, as she turned to her grandpa, who had just came to her, persistently forcing his high, slow body to run. He told her something to comfort her, but she is already forgot her anger, and flittered happily in front of him, making him trying calmly to run after her again. The whole scene seemed so gentle, fragile and somewhat surreal in its beauty, suddenness and shortness. But this picture is a document of some kind … Although it seems that in the very next moment, perhaps at the same time as the pigeon, this angel will fly away off this photo, as it came down among us just for a second to remind us of its existence …

angels are among us...

SR: Ove fotografije sam napravila još za Uskrs. Moja sestra nosi haljinu i top na preklop koje sam sašila. Uvek pomislim kako sam srećna što imam sestru kao stalno prisutnu lepotu, prijateljstvo i podršku. Takođe, ne mogu da ne podelim sa vama i fotografiju ovog malog anđela kog sam sasvim slučajno uspela da fotografišem istog dana. Sećam se samo da se pored mesta gde smo sedeli najednom odnekud stvorila mala devojčica, pobegavši verovatno od svojih roditelja slatko razljućena nečim. U trenutku shvativši da se našla u neopoznatom okruženju, osvrnula se oko sebe i pogledala me, a lice joj se naglo razvedrilo, kao što se to često dešava deci kad im nešto skrene pažnju sa njihovih nestalnih. lepršavih misli. A ja sam, na svu sreću, imala fotoaparat u rukama, i uspela sam na vreme da se osvestim od iznenadne lepote njene neobične pojave i da se setim da ga upotrebim. Sekundu kasnije već više nisam postojala u njenom svetu jer se ona okrenula ka svom deki, koji je upravo prispeo do nje, uporno terajući svoje visoko, usporeno telo na trčanje. On joj je rekao nešto da je uteši, ali ona se već više nije sećala svoje ljutnje, i odlepršala je veselo ispred njega, a on je ponovo smireno pokušao da trči za njom. Cela ta scena je delovala tako nežno, krhko i nekako nestvarno u svojoj lepoti, iznenadnosti i kratkoći. Ali ova fotografija je kakvo-takvo svedočanstvo… Mada deluje kao da će već u sledećem trenutku, možda u isto vreme kad i golub, sa fotografije otprhnuti i ovaj anđelak, koji se samo na časak spustio među nas da nas podseti na svoje postojanje…

chiaroscuro

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EN: I like the dramatic effect of the so-called chiaroscuro technique and all the possible symbolism that it may imply. That technique shows the light and the darkness in naked, primal contrast and conflict, but at the same time as the forces that both, jointly constitute existence. Not only is the being in contrast to the darkness of the background, but the dark and light are used to create the fullness of being itself. Something much more complex than the contrast comes from that view of the world embodied in this technique. At the same time, it is like the being is made of light, almost as if it is the light source itself, but also as that light is to show how much the being is made of the darkness, too. The light is what creates shadows.

I got this fabric from my friend for the birthday a year or two ago. (These are now the best gifts I can get!) I would never buy that fabric as I wouldn’t even noticed it at all, but I was inspired when I once had it. I think this was the first real dress I’ve ever made (that is not made of some stretch fabric that you just pull on). Now, of course, it would be technically much more perfect, but then it was a big thing for me, considering the fact that I drafted the pattern myself and still had the old sewing machine. The dress had its lining that was similar in color to the brown details, but it has shrunk (the golden rule I began to obey only after several accidents: Always wash your fabric before sewing!). The lining my sister is wearing is not adequate one as the dress sticks to it, but it excellently served the purpose of the photographs because her whole figure got lighter. That helped me to, at least partly, achieve the effect of the conflict of light and darkness in their eternal interweaving.

SR: Svidja mi se dramatičnost takozvane chiaroscuro tehnike i sveg simbolizma koji ona može da implicira. Svetlost i tama se tu prikazuju ogoljeno, u iskonskom kontrastu i sukobu, a u  isto vreme i kao sile koje udruženo tvore egzistenciju. Nije biće samo u konstrastu sa tamom pozadine, već se tamno i svetlo koriste da bi se ostvarila punoća samog bića. Nešto mnogo složenije od konstrasta proizilazi iz pogleda na svet, koji se oličava u ovoj tehnici. U isto vreme, biće kao da je sazdano od svetlosti, skoro kao da je sam izvor svetlosti, ali i kao da ta svetslost postoji da pokaže koliko je, u stvari, napravljeno i od tame. Svetlost je ta koja stvara senke.

Ovaj materijal mi je poklonila drugarica za rođendan pre godinu, dve. (To su sad najbolji pokloni koje mogu da dobijem!) Nikad sama sebi ne bih kupila ovaj materijal, ne bih ga primetila uopšte, ali me je inspirisao kad sam ga jednom imala pred sobom. Mislim da je ovo bila prva prava haljina koju sam napravila (da nije neka uska od rastegljivog materijala koja se samo navuče na telo). Sad bi, naravno, bila tehnički mnogo savršenija, ali tad je to ipak bila velika stvar za mene, s obzirom da sam kroj sama crtala i da sam još uvek imala staru šivaću mašinu. Haljina je imala svoju postavu slične boje kao ovi braon detalji, ali se ona skupila (zlatno pravilo kog sam ja počela da se pridržavam tek posle više nezgoda: uvek operite materijal pre nego što počnete da šijete!). Postava koju moja sestra nosi nije adekvatna jer se haljina lepi za nju, ali je izvrsno poslužila na fotografijama da njena figura celokupno bude svetlija i da bar donekle postignem taj efekat sukoba svetlosti i tame u njihovom večitom preplitanju.

an invitation to dream

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EN: First, I’m sorry for the poor image quality (not enough light and the camera was not adequate for these conditions), but this room of a friend from Athens, where my sister and I stayed during our trip, was so inspiring that we had to make any kind of images. I sewed everything I’m wearing. This blouse is an expression of my romantic side, which is almost as strong as my urban side. I’m not going to write much because this post is about dreams, and dreams are something inside us of which we should not talk much. Dreams need to be dreamt, kept in silence, cherished and grown until they are ready to spread out of us – to begin to be realized, piece by piece … We should enjoy our dreams and receive them generously and should never choke them, as they’ll turn into a phantoms in our soul … Dreams are changing through life, some disappear and others appear, some were realized, some will never be, but they are always there and they always define us. Human is a human because he dreams, but is also a human because he sees a difference between his dreams and the reality. But dreams are what they are because they are always bigger than our reality. Don’t be too harsh with measuring that distance, and always think of realized dreams because they are our hope. Then return to your current dreams, close your eyes, feel your dream, enjoy everything about it, and after that – get out of your bed and do all you can to make it happen.

SR: Žao mi je zbog lošeg kvaliteta fotografija (nije bilo dovoljno svetla i fotoaparat nije adekvatan za te uslove), ali ova soba prijatelja iz Atine, kod koga smo na zimu odsele sestra i ja, bila je tako inspirativna da smo morale da napravimo bilo kakve slike. Sašila sam sve što nosim. Ova bluza je izraz moje romantične strane, koja je jaka skoro koliko i ona moderna, urbana. Neću mnogo da pišem jer je ovde reč o snovima, a snovi su ono nešto u nama o čemu ne treba mnogo govoriti. Snove treba sanjati, ćutati u sebi, gajiti ih, pustiti ih da rastu, dok budu spremni da se preliju van nas, tj. da počnu da se ostvaruju, deo po deo… U snovima treba uživati, treba ih primiti širokogrudo i nikako ih ne treba gušiti, jer će se pretvoriti u aveti u našoj duši… Snovi se menjaju kroz život, neki nestaju, javljaju se drugi, neki se ostvaruju, neki nikad, ali uvek su tu i uvek nas određuju. Čovek je čovek zato što sanja, a takođe je i čovek što vidi razliku izmedju snova i stvarnosti. Ali i snovi su snovi jer su uvek mnogo veći od naše stvarnosti. Ne treba biti prestrog u premeravanje te distance, već treba pomisliti na ostvarene snove jer su oni nada, a zatim se vratiti sadašnjim snovima. Zažmuriti, osetiti u sebi taj san, uživati u svemu što on jeste, a zatim – ustati s kreveta i učiniti sve što možemo da se on i ostvari.