Ivan Slunjski was born in Frankfurt/Main, Germany and lives since then there. The subject he is now dealing with professionally is related to IT but he is a photographer by vocation - he couldn't stop even if he wanted to. He loves to be multi cultural and a family man and of course with his camera he is trying to create important memories with people who are close to him. And actually that’s why he is what he is as a photographer now: a creator of beautiful memories for his future.
"Without pictures we wouldn't even know what our past has looked like."
facts about Ivan
- one of the founder members of Collateral Eyes - a German Street Photography collective
- self-taught photographer
- coffee and (paper-) books lover
- film photography enthusiast
- photo gear denier
- every day miracle: nothing can be taken for granted
- every day dogma: always ask for the why behind
Why Ivan chooses film over digital
"It was just a lucky moment when my father brought me my old and very first Nikon which I have forgotten in my parent's storeroom. And without a specific reason I've ried to expose a film roll. I think it was a low budget Kodak Film. After I've finished this roll I brought it to the next shop in our city for development. It was so excited because I felt like I jumped into a time machine and had a journey through time. Since I had to pay for the development I really was afraid to make any hasty click so I thought twice about what I would capture. And finally when I've got my paper pictures back I was so amazed about the fact that I didn't had to go back to the computer for post processing anymore. I already saw the results in my hands. I remember this feeling exactly: it was a deep freedom I've almost forgotten. So my longing for memories and beauty and simplicity were resurrected and I began to grow in my heart.
To cut a long story short, in terms of photography progress I had to move backwards. After I’ve discovered the film photography world I realized that there is so much truth within it. With film photography now I have the feeling that I came home.
I never wanted to become a photographer, I just wanted to understand photography. And film photography was able to explain it to me. Gear doesn't mean anything to me anymore. But what really matters is the reason behind the gear, why you would choose something and what you want to create with it. That's my dogma now. "