I don’t know Goran. I have never met him. But that does not mean that I could not write, probably, several good short stories, just looking at the photographs he has taken. The stories would be about the life, about the beginning, about the leaving and about the waiting. A carefree childhood would never be mentioned in those stories. It would likely be the feeling of sadness, even though some of the children on his photographs smile. They do. That does not mean they mean it.
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If you have read Niccolò Ammaniti’s Io Non Ho Paura (I’m Not Scared), you would recall a similar feeling, a rich fullness of the childhood, the one you might have not asked for.
The beauty of the photographs lies in the freedom of interpretation.
Pay attention as Goran does, all the time. And you will notice that he uses the windows to see what happens inside it and also to see who is coming, but also to watch someone leaving – all the time – and until the moment when he or she disappears.
The following series of Goran’s photographs I put under the title THE WAITING. If I would imagine myself in a bed, in one room for longer period of time, I would certainly be waiting for something (to happen). The texture of the body emphasises the time that passes slowly. Very slowly. Goran highlights it by changing the perspective and showing the woman from different angles. Whatever position Goran changes, she is still there, in the same bad, in the same room.
Q: Who are you?
A: I am Goran Boričić, I live and work in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Q: Yourself as a photographer. Are you a different person with and without a camera in your hands?
A: For me, photography is a style of life, photography is an attitude to everyday life and to the life which happens in front of your eyes. From that attitude derives the style. Photography has power in which a photographer freezes the moment of the real life.
Q:What does Photography mean to you?
A: Photography is a faithful companion of my life, an inseparable part of my being.
Q: Do you consider yourself an amateur or a pro? Considering quality and knowledge and not earning as a photographer.
A: Photography is an inexhaustible source of inspiration and it gives a huge possibility of experimentation. I love it and I enjoy researching it and I learn every day something new. As long as it is like that, I will consider myself being an amateur who would like to be become a professional, once he learns all about the photography. I do not live from photography, I do live for photography.
Q: How do you see your development as a photographer? When we talk about different categories in photography, different field of interest. Moving ahead, changing the way you photograph.
A: As I have already mentioned, I think that I have already advanced a lot, however the possibilites are still great and photography as an art is very broad. My favourite is a street photography i.e. life photography. My intention with photography is to freeze the time and to document the urban life.
Q:In your opinion, how do you differentiate yourself from other photographers. What are you doing differently? Is this in line with the perception of the viewer?
A: In fact, I do not differentiate myself from other photographers who prefer the same style. What makes myself as a photographer is patience in waiting for the genuine moment of the specific scene and the mileage on foot, looking for the action and a fast reaction. My biggest problem was to overcome my shy nature, however I think I have already succeeded in that one.
Q: How often do you take photographs?
A: I do take photographs on daily basis. My camera is my talisman and I never leave it at home. In some seemingly harmless situations I have taken several of my favourite photographs.
Q: Do you work on a special photo project and how long it takes to accomplish one project. Please give an example.
A: Yes, I was working on a several projects. One was the project with the kids from the Gypsy settlement – I needed to visit them numeorus times and had to stay there for the whole day. It was quite demanding , unpredictable and exhausting
Q: How important are people in your photographs? You are very often taking photographs of children. Why?
A: What is the street without people? Is it just a bad rolled concrete? Or a pile of dust? In fact, nothing. So we should therefore preserve people…..in majority of my photographs are people, at least in the form of silhouettes – which means that people play an important role in my photographs.
Q: Your photographs are very emotional. When I look at your photographs there is lot of sadness. Even if the children smile, there is still something which make me think about them. What is your view on this?
A: The photographs of the kids is something that can make you laugh or soften. Talking about the series of photographs of the Gypsy kids, you can read from their faces that there is no please or moaning. You can see pride and defiance. They confirm that the life is not measured by the number of breaths but the moments that take your breath. These photographs are realistic and their purpose is to depict life with all its ups and downs, joys and sorrows.
Q: What is that what drives you to take photographs? Is it a final result or the act of photographing? Please elaborate.
A: As we all know, photography gives us lot of opportunities to investigate. In addition, as a photographer, you are constantly upgrading your knowledge and by adding a final results, it is very clear what kind of the driving force is photography.
Q: What do you think about the photo competitions? Can art be a competition?
A: I don’t take part on the photography contests very often. In my humble opinion, such competitions are becoming less fair for photography. Very often it wins the name of the photographer rather than a real quality.
Q: Black and white or color? And why?
A: Black and white is my choice. The most important was my first encounter with photography. It happened in a photo lab…..that magic… when shaking exposed paper on a platter, and a photograph start to appear bit by bit and while this is happening you fear if you have determined good exposure …
Q: What is your favorite lens?
A: Lens? Nothing specific. Sometimes I love wide angle, depending on the theme, and sometime I like to get into the face.
Q: In your opinion, what tells a better story, a single photo or a series of photographs.
A: Photography itself has a miraculous magic and personally I love to read that story from just one single photograph.
Q: Photoshop or not i.e. what % of photographs do you take on spot. We will then consider the rest of % as a post processing.
A: Photoshop? Good question. Earlier yes, today – no!
Q: What is photography? Please give us your favorite statement about photography which the readers will remember. It should be yours.
A: For me – photography is a way of life.
Q: Do you have a set of private photographs which you are not willing to publish?
A: Yes, I do have photographs which I am not willing to publish.
Q: One of the well known photographer said “Why photographing if you do no show the photographs to other people.” What is your view here?
A: I fully agree that all photographs need to be shared and shown and one should be able to hear other people’s opinion about them.
Q: The most frequent mistake you make when you take photographs.
A: In fact, I do not make any particular mistakes.
Q: Could you please share a little piece of knowledge (around photography, taking photographs etc.) which could be useful for our readers.
A: If it is about the street and life photography, you need to have patience, you need to move around and you need to get rid of being shy
Q: And finally, whatever you wanted to say and we did not ask you – please say.
A: I think I’ve covered everything and the things I did not, they are covered in my photographs.
Many thanks for the interview.
Goran, thank you very much for your time.