The Kušpegar’s Belfries climbing area in the Dovžan Gorge attracts climbers from all over Slovenia. The first routes were free climbed in 1979 and additional routes were subsequently developed. On summer evenings, climbers and locals often gather around the fire and sing in the gorge. @natgeotravel@visit_trzic@feelslovenia#Trzic#Slovenia#dovzanovasoteska
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I have been following @klemenpremrl for long time. We share great fascination for ice, which had led us again and again to the faraway Greenland from a tiny Slovenian Alpine town Tržič. He has been returning to take up some of his most challenging ice-climbers routes, while I have been driven by an urge to document the irreversible effects climate change has had on hunting, the lifeblood of Inuit culture. Joining our perspectives and deep appreciation for nature while working on a reportage about our hometown for @natgeotravel was therefore an unforgettable experience. #Trzic#Slovenia@igslovenia@feelslovenia@visit_trzic
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Story about my hometown Trzic that I worked on for @natgeotravel is published! Check out how I have re-discovered this beautiful place where I grew up and follow a link in my profile.
Blaž Vogelnik, a retired textile factory worker, has a close connection to nature. In addition to caring for sheep, he has been maintaining mountain hiking trails around Tržič for 35 years. @visit_trzic@igslovenia@feelslovenia#Trzic#Slovenia
This light... This light that breaks, after a heavy rainfall, through clouds that roll over the mountain range that surrounds the valley where I grew up... This light is why I became a photographer. My room often felt like a first-row-seat experience of the most spectacular light transformations. When this magical light arrived, it was impossible to study. I would literally run out to catch it. Yesterday I drove back to my parents’ village after a long time and was once again welcomed by it . Working for @natgeo is often more about getting to the bottom of the story but good light can help sometimes. #Kriskopolje#Trzic#Slovenia
It has been a while since I posted a photo on my IG account. What can I say... It has been an incredible year. This year alone I have worked in Greenland, Kenya, Rwanda, Macedonia, Kosovo, USA and in my home Slovenia. I have never felt so inspired in my life before. Becoming a father opened new ways of seeing the world around me. I can finally relate to every parent in the world and appreciate what that actually means. Can’t wait to share new work. Stay tuned.
“Hurry up, I’m late.” A girl sits on a boda boda that’s negotiating the rush hour in Kampala, Uganda, where I’ve started work on a story called rising Africa. I’m currently in Rwanda on an assignment for @natgeo. #rising#Africa#onassignment#bodaboda
Sunny weekend at home ends... Now I'm already on a way to Rwanda for a @natgeo assignment. Very excited to explore a 'country of a thousand hills' for the first time. Stay tuned. #family#portrait#studio
I met Dragan Stamenov, born in 1959, over coffee in the town of Kratovo. He has been unemployed since 1993, when the sandpaper factory closed down. Since his wife died, he lives alone and has no children. #Macedonia#Kratovo#portrait
The Zastava 750 is a motif frequently encountered in the countries of former Yugoslavia. It is widely known by its nickname “Fićo” or "Fića" in Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, “Fičo” or “Fičko” in Slovene, and “Fikjo” in Macedonia. In the village of Šhlegovo, I noticed one in a deserted street where I felt as if I had stepped into the past. Fičo was created by Fiat soon after World War II. It was first presented at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, where it was hailed as the “economic miracle” of post-war Italy. These cars were not only popular and widespread among the people throughout Yugoslavia, they were also used by the police, by emergency services, the army and driving schools, and they competed in races. Nowadays, they can still be seen on the roads of former Yugoslav republics; a couple still exist in Slovenia as well. #zastava750#fico
I'm always surprised by the sudden burst of energy that I get with each of my trips. I may be feeling uninspired, but then an encounter with a random local suddenly nudges me towards a special kind of flow. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I do, learning the stories of people in places previously unknown to me. We met Ljubica Spasovska on a random Kratovo street. Ljubica has three children and three grandchildren. One of her sons lives in New Jersey, where Ljubica had visited him with her husband four years ago. She has spent all her life toiling the fields and working for a better tomorrow. We wished her to remain as healthy and strong as she was when we met her. #Macedonia#Kratovo#journey#portrait#staystrong
Kratovo is a small picturesque town, one of the regions' living museums in Republic of Macedonia. It lies on the western slopes of Mount Osogovo at an altitude of 600 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level. Having a mild and pleasant climate, it is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is famous for its bridges and towers. #Macedonia#Kratovo#landscape#Osogovo#mountain#journey
Meet Dimitar, 67, a farmer from the village of Shlegovo in Macedonia. We met him by chance while he was doing some work around his farm. He said, “Let me show you the groom.” Seconds later he brought out a beautiful buck goat. Dimitar invited us into his house and offered us home-made rakija. He told us his life story, how he got married at 18 and had 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. They all live in Skopje, the Macedonian capital, but he still lives in his village. He had worked for 22 years as a glass etcher at the Crystal glass factory, however, the factory closed right after the break-up of Yugoslavia. #Macedonia#Shlegovo#onassignment#portrait
These days I’ve been exploring Republic of Macedonia, and with each day I’ve been more impressed by the amazing landscape. This morning, we drove along the Vardar River and stopped at a spot overlooking a railway station. #Macedonia#landscape#onassignment#travel
The frozen Lake Bled drew quite a crowd last week. Girls from the Labod Bled ice-skating club surprised passers-by with a performance on ice. Although temperatures were below 0°C, the plucky girls faced down the cold with high spirits. #Bled#frozen#lake#Slovenia#igslovenia
Lake Bled freezing has been a very rare occurrence in the past few decades. It had last happened in 2012 and 2005. The phenomenon is so rare that one mustn’t miss it. Just think – it took as much as two months of cold for the lake to freeze over.
In the winters of the 1960s and 70s, Lake Bled was a genuine icy paradise. People flocked to it in droves to play hockey and skate, to ride sleds or walk to the island in the middle of the lake. The frozen lake even hosted motorcycle races.
Finally found out how to get best nine out of my IG account. What a crazy year was 2016. My son was born and assignments took me to magical places like Greenland, Bhutan and Kenya. Thanks everyone for a great support. I wish you all at least one great adventure in 2017!
A professor of philosophy from the University of Patras in Greece approached me recently and asked for permission to use this image for a local conference. It was produced in 2004 and it is a collection of 9 silhouettes of my younger brother. We worked on this concept for quite a few days after being inspired by Elliot Erwitt work. Hope you enjoy it. It is called 'Spirit of the child'. #archive#beginnings#child#spirit
Freeze-dried laundry hangs from a line in the village of Nuugaatsiaq,home to about 60 people, who support themselves mostly by hunting and fishing. Half the houses stand empty: Greenland’s small villages are slowly dying as people abandon the old ways for new opportunities in larger towns to the south.
Prints are available at ciriljazbec.com/shop (discount code : xmas15%) #Greenland#Arctic#settlement
My friend Unnartoq enjoys a cigarette after a long day on the ice. This and other photos from Greenland are available to purchase as prints at the online store. Visit ciriljazbec.com/shop and enter discount promo code: xmas15% #Print#Sale#Greenland#Arctic
I spent about 6 months working in Greenland and I still want to return. Arctic has that magic power to get under your skin. Glad to finally offer selected prints on sale. Check out my new website ciriljazbec.com/shop and enter discount code: xmas15% #Prints#Sale#Greenland#Arctic
Back home with good news. My new website with online store is launched! Click on the link in my profile. There are selected signed prints available to buy in open and limited edition. I am offering special discount this month. Enter code: xmas15% Website design by @vbgdesign. Let me know how you like it! www.ciriljazbec.com/shop #Newsite#PrintSale#Code#xmas15% #Greenland#northernlights
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Elizabeth Kathure is a talented developer from Nairobi. Portrait was taken during Nairobi Tech Week. @natgeo
There was a moment when I realized I want to work on positive stories. There are some amazing projects happening. Very grateful to have support by @natgeo. #Africa#natgeo
It has been one of the most fullfiling assignments. About a week left in Kenya. I wish I could share more. For now I can only show B-roll photos. On assignment for @natgeo on quite a different story from Africa. #Nairobi#Kenya#natgeo