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Street photography

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Kids playing on the South End streets in Saint John, New Brunswick. In their imaginative game, they were saving the cat from an imminent danger. The cat seemed to play along.

Kids playing on the South End streets in Saint John, New Brunswick. In their imaginative game, they were saving the cat from an imminent danger. The cat seemed to play along.

(Published in Dubai-based Soura magazine some of the photographs are part of a photo essay on South End neighbourhood in Saint John. The essay won silver Atlantic Journalism Award in photojournalism category in 2004.)

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Villages in Transition

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 9:00 pm

Posavina horses resting in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

Posavina horses resting in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

(Published in YouthVision magazine, China)

I arrive at dawn and villagers are already up and working: men and women biking to market with baskets full of fresh cheese and metal pails full of cream; cow herders collecting livestock from yards to take into the fields to graze; old women in black scarfs feeding chickens.

Best known for its feathery residents – white storks who make their home in large nests on the roofs of almost every house in this small Croatian village – Čigoč is also the gateway to one of Croatia’s best kept secrets: Lonjsko Polje Nature Park and marshes.

A large flood area between five rivers in central Croatia (Lonja, Sava, Kupa, Una and Strug) the park is home to some 250 bird species, 500 white and black stork couples and 21 villages.

Recognized internationally as an Important Bird Area, the region’s inhabitants are fighting to preserve their natural and cultural heritage.

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Disappearing Arts

In Photography, Print on May 22, 2008 at 8:52 pm

A man walks by a traditional coppersmith shop in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter.

A man walks by a traditional coppersmith shop in Sarajevo's old Turkish quarter.

(Published in Toronto Star)

Hazim Numanagić exudes a calmness that permeates his entire studio and slowly spreads to those who step inside. Just around the corner, the bustle and noise of Baščaršija, Sarajevo’s old Turkish quarter is as it always was.

Hazim’s unassuming shop, located in a side street, is completely silent. A small tea pot and two small, narrow glasses are the only indications that he was indeed expecting a visitor. The smell of tobacco spreads throughout the studio as Hazim lights a cigarette and selects a particular piece of reddish reed. On his desk, there is a thick copy of Jalaluddin Rumi’s The Mathnawi and a small Qur’an. Both books are worn, yet cared for – a source of pleasure as much as inspiration.

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The Island Doctor

In Multimedia, Photography, Print on May 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm
Dr. Jesus Dapena is checking a patient's blood pressure at his small hospital on Grand Manan island off the coast of New Brunswick.

Dr. Jesus Dapena is checking a patient's blood pressure at his small hospital on Grand Manan island off the coast of New Brunswick.

A diminutive, wiry man, Dr. Jesus Dapena moves around his small hospital on Grand Manan island with the purposefulness and ease born of almost four decades of service. He is immaculately dressed with the flare of a toreador: maroon pants, elegant leather shoes and colourful tie offsetting his white shirt and a subdued tweed jacket.

“It’s nothing,” he assures one of his patients who complains of pain in her wrist. “It’s a sprained wrist. You did not break anything. Take it easy,” he orders brusquely. The lady he is talking to is well over 70. She says she did not do much of anything except lift baskets of wet laundry.

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