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The White Tower

The Tower of London

Boat on a river Thames is passing the Tower of London, with the most recognizable view of the 11th century built White Tower, once a symbol of oppression. The Tower of London is now a protected World Heritage Site and also the home of the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom.

© 2014 The Unpublished Journal by Peter Mlekuž, All Rights Reserved

The Trial

As a photographer, spot news is something that I rarely cover, but now and then you simply feel the historical or pivotal significance of a particular event and you know that you have to be there and see for yourself what kind of truth is being served to the public these days.

National flag of Slovenia is being waved in front of the District Court in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

On the 5th of June the District Court in Ljubljana sentenced former Slovenian Prime Minister and opposition leader, Janez Janša, together with two other individuals, to prison sentences on corruption charges in what it was a highly controversial Kafkaesque trial that lasted three years. According to relevant legal experts, the case should have been dropped for the complete lack of evidence against Janša, presented by the prosecutor Andrej Ferlinc, a pattern of coincidences on the other hand also points out to the likely political motives behind the courts decision.

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Champion of Life

There was this highlight at the recent London 2012 Olympic Games when the world stood still for a Men’s 100m finals. But as Usain Bolt convincingly won his gold medal with a new Olympic record in the back of my mind there was already another story that was about to unfold itself a full month later at the London 2012 Paraolympic Games.

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WPPI 2012

While WPPI 2013 convention is almost ready to begin in the fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, I thought that it is about time for me to write a short report on the 2012 show, before I discard my notes.

For those of you, who are not involved in the business of portraiture and event photography, a little additional info. WPPI stands for Wedding and Portrait Photographers International and as such it is a professional organization that serves the educational and business needs of the mentioned groups of photographers. I’m glad that I have remembered this definition so well, because it was accidentally the first thing that I had to explain to Immigration officer at the McCarran International.

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The highlight of WPPI is its annual Convention and Trade show that in 2012 attracted nearly 15k registered attendees, over 180 speakers and 320 exhibitors from almost 50 countries worldwide. All in all, if you are or you are considering being somebody someday in this business, you should find yourself there on the floor at the MGM Grand Hotel Convention Center. (more…)

World Rowing on Tri-X

Another day of the World Rowing Championships at Bled. This time I have decided to go back to the basics. Forms of expression were by choice limited to the simpler photographic means. A film camera with 35mm and 50mm lenses loaded with a monochromatic emulsion was pretty much it. More intimate story is revealed and a humble reminder that the world of sports is not all about the triumph and the glory of the few chosen champions of the day.

Black and white photographs presented with a real image borders were probably the thing that got me hooked on photography in the first place. All those perfectly composed masterpieces of the likes of Cartier-Bresson, Koudelka and even some of our local reporters of the eighties era, such as Tone Stojko, have always left me breathless. The purest art form, when success and failure is decided at the very moment it clicks. As far as I am concerned, it is the essence of photography, and all its derivatives, while admirable undertakings, are merely genres. When I choose to go that way, cropping is not an option, even if it would improve on an occasional sloppy framing. I simply prefer to take it as a bittersweet lesson.

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