My serious interest in photography grew in parallel with the development of digital photography. My first digital camera was given to me by my brother and it had a resolution which at that time seemed magical – 2 megapixels. The technology was unstoppable and it wasn’t long before your average smartphone caught up and offered the same level of performance. Technology made it possible for everyone to be a photographer.
I couldn’t even dream that only a handful of years later my interest in photography would grow even more, but that the technology used to make a photo would be completely opposite to what initially brought me to photography. I spent my last weekend alongside the river Kupa, a natural border between Croatia and Slovenia, walking through the beautiful forests of Gorski Kotar and taking photos with the amazing handmade wooden pinhole cameras made by ONDU. It was enough just to hold one of these cameras to make me feel relaxed and in touch with the photographic process. Not only did I not immediately see the result of my exposures – the pinhole design made it impossible for me to even see the frames I was capturing, so I couldn’t even see what I was photographing. It made the process that much slower, thoughtful and – to a certain extent – meditative.
We live in fast times filled with great expectations and it’s indeed a pleasure to do something differently, the way it used to be done hundreds of years ago, slow and relaxed. What are the results? I still don’t know, because the film still needs to be developed. What I’m sure of is that the results will be surprising and different then expected. And that’s the true beauty of any photographic adventure, isn’t it?
Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief