Hope you are all having a great weekend! Here are some very lovely and touching shots that were sent in to me by Zoran Kulusic-Neral. They were shot with is Leica M9 and 50 Summilux ASPH as well as a Leica Digilux 3. Enjoy.
I am sending you some of my first images with Leica M9 and my Summilux 1.4/50 ASPH, f1.4, 1/500, ISO 640 (images Maria 2 and Maria 3). I have taken Maria 1 with Digilux 3 (f5.6, 1/320, ISO 100)
Maria used to be my neighbour when I was living in this village 30 years ago. I use to call this place – From God forgotten place. Unfortunately nothing to do with the recent war. In fact, 30 minutes drive from the Croatian Capital. She came there from another forgotten part of Croatia to be married to the man who was as poor as she was. Before he died few years ago, he was working in the local shoes factory, before they closed it just after the war, during the non-fair privatisation process. After that he joined her to work as a day labourer – without any daily compensation – just for 3 meals a day. They have lived in the small house – 1 kitchen and 1 bedroom. Not alone. Maria was there with her two little girls, her father in law, her brother in law, and her sister in law. On the back of the house, there was and still is a stall with 1 cow and few other domestic animals.
Today, Maria lives alone. Still works as a day labourer. She is 68. She is deaf since she was hit by a goat when she was 9 years old. However, I have never met a more positive person. Even though she is living in, for majority of people, unacceptable conditions, she goes on and never gives up. I am meeting her once a month and she always says ” What can I do? If it cannot be better.” The three enclosed photos are part of my portfolio called Maria. She is my inspiration and when I feel I am having a tough life, I always think on her, look at her face and I keep going on.
Thius is just apart of the story about Maria. I could write a book about being her neighbour for 3 years when I was 10 years old. I hope that this short story and her face will inspire the visitors of your site. I am aware that the photos are not technically perfect. Therefore I did not enclose a phot where she smiles as it is bit blurred. I did not use a tripod. This was and always is a short conversation with Maria while I was holding my camera, manually adjusting the elements which make a good photo.
Thanks for your time reading this.
Best regards from Croatia and keep going wiht the great pictures and reviews.