It happened quite close to you. One day, a traveling circus visited the surroundings of Ljubljana. But not as big as we are used to. It was very cute, it consisted of a few trucks, a few old motorhomes and trailers. Around the modest homes there were a couple of children who probably did not go to any school and were slowly getting used to the family business. They didn’t have a single exotic animal, but they did have a clown who was both director and owner. And they also had artists on a trapeze and a daring acrobat on a motorcycle. He performed mischief and elicited the cries of the audience when he seemed to be resisting the forces of gravity and would be an accident the very next moment. Of course, they also had a carousel for the little ones and stalls with popcorn. After a good week, however, they satisfied the curiosity of the surrounding residents and left on a beautiful morning. They were left with holes in the grass and sawdust.
Gipsies from Prekmurje
We visited them one sunny spring Saturday. We came with an invitation to show us their village, which they are proud of, and to photograph this lifestyle of theirs. It’s so hard to see so much happiness on a pile. The adults were fooling around and telling their stories, and the children were curiously jumping in front of the lens and rushing to see what had come of it. The slightly older young women also flirted with the camera and wore the best dresses especially for the occasion. Some of them had the right outfit as used by belly dancers …
Home care institute
One day an acquaintance invited me to participate in the creation of a calendar for the Institute for the Care of the Elderly at Home. They wanted to tell a story with portraits of their caregivers who, despite their age, still want to live their lives and prefer to live at home instead of leaving for DOS. I immediately liked the idea. We visited quite a few of them and the result of this work was a nice calendar. Finally, the institute helped me organize an exhibition at the Kresija Gallery in Ljubljana, which was opened by Ljubljana's mayor Janković.
Pantar. This is how a barber and hairdresser from Šentvid near Ljubljana is named. Well, he's retired now and the his barber shop is closed. But he was a classic suburban hairdresser and an old-school barber. They don't do that people anymore. His “office” always smelled of disinfectant and toilet water. Even as a toddler, my father always took me to him when my hair started to grow over my eyes. You sat down nicely on one of the comfortable chairs and waited for your turn. Thus, it was visited by whole generations from the surrounding area. Sweet memories…