Best of 2014 (foreword by whoever)

2014 done, let’s recap. Here are the best photos of 2014. Not many, because I’m not working as much as before. In fact, you know what, no more sugarcoating, let’s just say it as it is. In recent months, I’ve somehow become indifferent with everything. So much so that I can let go of everything and screw it all without any bitterness and anger. I’m kind of realxed now, but I still love to tell the truth. Everything written here applies to Slovenia. I do a maximum of four to five bigger gigs a year, and some smaller paid things, while everything else just doesn’t pay the bills, not even covers production costs. It’s a meager existence, but I’ve learned to live from one job to another. In a market that favors slavery and (speaking of photography) mostly un/wellunderpaid work, I’m working with the clients that know how to go beyond family ties and friendly favors, value quality and work ethics, and have no capitalist extremist tendencies that keep photographers here struggling to survive despite the loads of work they’re getting. Oh, yes, they are getting work. That work just never reaches my ears or mailbox or whatever. I understand. It’s a dog eat dog world and popularity is the only thing (not quality) that’ll keep you on the radar. But shit, hey, I’m not a cool-looking, Indiana Jones kind of hotshot wielding a camera like a gun through some war zone – I don’t work on my sensationalist image, hence the ignorance. And I don’t have my mommy and daddy providing me with money for exotic travel and storytelling in far-off places that eventually get me noticed in some big magazines that would publish a story on a small lake in Taiwan, but not a huge conservation story and an international eco project from an unknown country like Slovenia. We’re the speck no-one notices on a map, 70% of the world is ignorant of this place and 30% know Lake Bled. Anyway, I don’t do stuff that’s been done a thousand times and that everyone does, if it means doing it solely for reference. I could, but I won’t go to Gaza that’s becoming the #1 photojournalist tourist destination unless I have a very very unique story to tell. Or any other such place. But that doesn’t even matter, because general public and general media (not so much anymore in other countries I’ve noticed) is jerking off on “popular” sensational international news (should look like an action movie if possible). Sure, it’s not easy and it’s dangerous to go there, and most international photojournalists working for big or important outlets are doing an important job there, but if you’re not working with VII, Noor, Time, New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters and other media outlets that pay you for daily coverage of the region, what are you doing? Being unpaid and in the entire flood of images coming from those regions, what the hell are you doing there, if you’re not covering a unique angle or a never before seen story? Are you building an image for yourself or are you telling stories?

It’s fairly easy to take a good picture in some exotic place or a war zone (this one not so much really, depends on what kind of picture), because (and I’m still referring to the country I live in) even a single photo of a beautiful archipelago or a totally destroyed street will make people hail it as fantastic and awesome and amazing. But this country? In a way, even Slovenians are like the 30% of foreigners who see only this country’s natural beauty worth of any praise. Everything else is like “cool, whatever”. So when debating what’s easier to do, here’s my take. If you’ve been provided with the foundations and financial support for your exotic work, if you’re covered and well equipped, it’s f***ing easy. So if you’re such a hotshot, do an amazing story in a country that’s totally boring (in your opinion) – here, in your back yard. The landscapes and exotic people won’t help you here. You’ll need content and you’ll need to notice it, package it, present it, build a story from start to finish, and please, do it without any big budget funding!

But why do it? I get it. Look at me; I did most of my stories at home. Where did that get me?🙂 The interest in what I do is pretty grim, the lectures I had this year were a good proof. It’s so funny to see what it did to me now that I don’t give a rat’s ass anymore. Why is it that whatever I do is almost completely ignored by professional photographic community in my country, while that same work got so much constructive favorable opinions from the biggest editorial and photography names in the world? The answer is quite a thesis, but you know what, I don’t care anymore. It’s Slovenia. In the words of Mary Anne Golon (Washington Post): “How is it possible, that with this kind of work, you’re not working anywhere?” Wrong address! From what I can see, quality counts for nothing here. I’ve won seven Slovenia Press Photo awards in just two years. Three in 2011 and four in 2013. The contest is anonymous, I sent in unpublished work, but won almost everything including overall story. Guess what: the jury was made of foreign photo editors and photojournalists. Those weren’t the only awards I got, and again it doesn’t even matter to me, because I’m not working for awards. Awards, given to me by the biggest names in photography, were my only confirmation that I’m good at it, and means of convincing employers that I’m worth hiring (of course it didn’t exactly happen🙂 ). They were also the only means of covering my expenses producing these stories (most of the stories weren’t done for a client). And in 2011 when the competition ended, I was broke and almost forced to quit this. The money from the awards saved me. I invested it in further important stories; I actually swung into even higher gear and produced a story that for me represents the absolute ideal of what I want from photography. I told the story about Barbara, the girl with cerebral palsy and her family, struggling with life in this failing country. When I sent the stories to the contest and won in three categories and overall, I was broke again. Winning Slovenia Press Photo was the only way to get enough exposure of Barbara’s story to push it forward and use it to help her family. People raised over 20,000 euros for them and we changed their lives. It was two months later that I realized there were no money prizes at Slovenia Press Photo 2013. I just didn’t care about it before. And that’s where it left me. No savior this time, but surely, now people (who need to know) will know how good I am at what I do, haha! And my situation only got worse. Upside down world.

Something amazing happened next. An awesome study in Slovenian mentality. People who know me and actually wish me well couldn’t comprehend why I don’t get work even if I suggest it to someone or why nothing ever comes my way through regular channels (photographer colleagues), so they had a wonderful idea. And I don’t mean it sarcastically. I really think it was a great idea, because it produced results that would ultimately bring me to terms with the way things work around here. They told me to be open about it. So I started speaking up. No more blowing smoke when someone asked how I’m doing. Sure I’m doing fine – around a month a year.🙂 I still didn’t spill all the beans, because that would be too much, but I did show a hint of what kind of life I’m leading. Here, you see, I discovered a strange feature of Slovenian mentality. First of, taking all of what needed to be said into account means taking responsibility – at least mental – to remember this when a job comes your way. I know because I was in the same spot and I did relay the job to a friend who really needed it back then, and it picked him up. I was happy to help. But that’s me. The thing is that responsibility is a fairly foreign concept in this country. So it’s easier to listen to what I have to say and shun it as simple wining, because that exonerates you of the responsibility, and even saves you from actual listening. There’s plenty of that running around this country. It’s not necessarily because one wouldn’t want to help, but can also be because they can’t. Needless to say, being open about it didn’t really do the trick, but I did it anyway just to say I did everything I could. However, there’s another ideology feature. Most people don’t even comprehend or even grasp the notion of not having money. They don’t understand what “I don’t have money” means and this is probably universal. You’d hear someone say: “Even if I didn’t have money, I bought a plane ticket and went travelling.” Alright, then you did have money.😉 So consequently they don’t understand that I wasn’t able to take any risks anymore (the kind I did take years ago), no risky investments or new turns in my career that would involve financial investments. So all those suggestions about starting something new have to be weighed against my financial abilities, and it amounts to very little. That doesn’t mean I’m not brainstorming though, but I’m very limited. To illustrate how this works, I told someone once that I had 120 euro/month (now I have less), and he just said: “Well, why don’t you move to London and find a job there?” Soooo, what part of 120 euro/month you don’t understand? London? 2nd most expensive city in the world? Really? See, perspectives are hard to match.

A year ago I’d be mad and bitter. Today, I laugh at it, because I accept this society as regressive and waaaaay behind markets of actually developed countries. I shed all my ambitions and I’m taking my life, although much like the teenage life dependent on my parents, as it is. I don’t give a shit anymore, and I don’t care if anyone looks at my work or not, I don’t even beat myself over not being able to produce new stories. It’s not my fault. I’ve spent 15 years investing in nothing but my work in Slovenia,the last four or five to promoting my work, and here I am. Some would say that I let them win, that I let all the ignorance defeat me. No, I didn’t. It’s not about them and me; we’re in this together. Maybe I’m just not the same kind of person. And besides, it didn’t break me. I’m totally fine. No work, no expenses. And the work that I actually do is the work that I absolutely love doing. My long-lasting cooperation with National Geographic Junior is priceless. Even in the wake of a strong financial sweep, I would never leave them. The work I do for them is scarce of course, because it is a licensed magazine and we’re limited to feature stories, but it’s still a lot of fun. Ana Monro theatre is another such client. Ana Desetnica, Ana Mraz and Ana Plamenita street arts festivals are some of the highlights of my year, awesome and funny and great to photograph. In recent years, I’ve also covered a fairytale or better yet storytelling festival and I like it a lot. There were many things that also came out of my cooperation with my editor at NG Junior, again a very rewarding experiences, which is why I am grateful for all of it. Still, most of my year, I’m jobless, but some things do come my way. Most of those (well, 99%) from Slovenia are jobs where they would like to have me working practically for free. Filtering has become a skill. The one percent this year came from Finland and that was fair and professional, and the story was great. I’m still with Demotix and Imago, but although the editors are great, I can hardly still afford covering stories for them.

There’s people who stay with you through hard times and understand you, and there are those who’d just hate to have their fun bubble burst, and do not care. The clients mentioned above value having me around and I am thankful for that. In fact there are people who continue their undying support for my work and who I am. Like my New York ‘sister from another mister’ as I call her. I do get help, although not job-wise, but in terms of promotion. Unfortunately, I still have to see the effects of all my self-promotion. But I am very very grateful for all the interest and care of all these people, and in 2014 it was also Vanja from Tednik, a show on our national TV, and Ron Haviv who’s been supporting me for all these years when I also tried to get to New York through grants here and abroad. After all of that, I think it’s time to just embrace the situation and work inside the available maneuvering space, and taking none of it to the heart anymore. It feels better. I don’t see my 2014 as a failure. I see it as optimal. Sure, yes, in the light of what others did in photography it’s nothing, but there’s no way comparing such different financial and social circumstances. Once you accept that, things get a lot easier. 2015 will be a lot different. It needs to be. It’s time for new endeavours and challenges, not neccessarily in the field of photography itself, although perhaps some of the best things in photography are just starting to happen. Like my quest into street photography with a twin lens reflex camera. Like perhaps a photo book finally. We’ll see.

Here’s how 2014 played out.

JANUARY

A man visits a graveyard on the outskirts of a remote village of Ndiourki in Senegal, on January 8, 2014. The company that bought the land for growing crops for biofuel production is planning to clear the land, including the village and this cemetery.
A man visits a graveyard on the outskirts of a remote village of Ndiourki in Senegal, on January 8, 2014. The company that bought the land for growing crops for biofuel production is planning to clear the land, including the village and this cemetery.
A schoolboy does his homework in a school of a remote village of Ndiourki, Senegal, on January 8, 2014. Kids from another village also attended this schoool. But with the land of Senhuile company now standing between the villages, they are cut off from this school and unable to attend.
A schoolboy does his homework in a school of a remote village of Ndiourki, Senegal, on January 8, 2014. Kids from another village also attended this schoool. But with the land of Senhuile company now standing between the villages, they are cut off from this school and unable to attend.
Mamadou Mambone stands on the land he has sold to the African National Oil Corporation near the village of Colobane. The company persuaded the villagers to sell their land for small amounts, promising them employment etc. They needed the land for growing jatropha, a plant used for biofuel production.
Mamadou Mambone stands on the land he has sold to the African National Oil Corporation near the village of Colobane. The company persuaded the villagers to sell their land for small amounts, promising them employment etc. They needed the land for growing jatropha, a plant used for biofuel production.

FEBRUARY

A  broken power line is seen among a forest of broken trees in Postojna, Slovenia, February 5 2014.
A broken power line is seen among a forest of broken trees in Postojna, Slovenia, February 5 2014.
Local resident are transported to their villages in an army armoured vehicle Valuk. The villages along the road to Jezersko were cut off by falling ice-covered trees.
Local resident are transported to their villages in an army armoured vehicle Valuk. The villages along the road to Jezersko were cut off by falling ice-covered trees.
Fans wait for the double Olympic champion Tina Maze on a vantage point above the main square in Črna na Koroskem, Slovenia, on Feb 25.
Fans wait for the double Olympic champion Tina Maze on a vantage point above the main square in Črna na Koroskem, Slovenia, on Feb 25.

APRIL

Romania

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KDPM Street Theatre Company and Čupakabra perform at the Križnik's fairytale festival in Motnik, on Jun 7.
KDPM Street Theatre Company and Čupakabra perform at the Križnik’s fairytale festival in Motnik, on Jun 7.
Examining the plants at Pokljuka plateau for National Geographic Junior on June 8.
Examining the plants at Pokljuka plateau for National Geographic Junior on June 8.
Ana Desetnica festival, Kranj edition, on June 27.
Ana Desetnica festival, Kranj edition, on June 27.
Ana Desetnica street arts festival in Ljubljana, July 4.
Ana Desetnica street arts festival in Ljubljana, July 4.

NOVEMBER

Taken with a Yashica twin lens reflex camera on the streets of Zagreb, Croatia.
Taken with a Yashica twin lens reflex camera on the streets of Zagreb, Croatia.

DECEMBER

Taken during the filming of a TV piece about me in the Karst.
Taken during the filming of a TV piece about me in the Karst.
Dwarfs wait for their turn in a play in a fairytale land Gorajte near Škofja Loka.
Dwarfs wait for their turn in a play in a fairytale land Gorajte near Škofja Loka.
KAM Hram (CRO) perform during the Ana Mraz stret arts festival in Ljubljana, on December 29.
KAM Hram (CRO) perform during the Ana Mraz stret arts festival in Ljubljana, on December 29.
KD Priden možic in Čupakabra (SLO) perform during the Ana Mraz street arts festival in Ljubljana on December 30.
KD Priden možic in Čupakabra (SLO) perform during the Ana Mraz street arts festival in Ljubljana on December 30.

And that concludes our broadcast day.

Rock on!

7 thoughts on “Best of 2014 (foreword by whoever)

  1. Man you have balls to be bitching about the situation in Slovenia for almost 10 years now, but you dont have balls to burst that safety bubble of yours called Slovenia and step out of it?! You must be blind or stupid that you havent figure it out in 10 years that your equation does not sum up there and that there is one element – number that you have to change to get to the right answer?! You are a freaking amazing photographer but if something does not work, YOU have to change it! The entire society around wont adapt to you no matter how many years more are you planing to bitch about. World was never in a history of mankind so small any easy to travel and so easy to connect with people all around so get the fu** out of Slovenia and try it abroad… a) you are going to be propelled in to the sky and become a photojournalist with a daily fee looking for the unique stories from Taiwan, Gaza to Kranj b) you are going to figure it out that the big wide world is not so full of friendly editors full of praise, that winning World press photo is not as easy as Slovenia press photo and you are going to return to Slovenia and will start to appreciate it with all the cons and pros.
    Complaining is about anything that you can change (that is not health or natural disasters) in hypocritical and childish especially when it comes from a professional, talented photographer about his professional carrier….10th year in a row….

  2. Wanted to edit the comment… To stupid to figure it out how… Wanted to change the word – stupid to- very very bad at math… And add that you have to set your priorities… It is impossible to stay in Kranj with your family, friends and be world wide published photographer with Slovenian stories… And it is also impossible to stay in Slovenia and expect to get equally interesting, professional, well payed assignments that you would get from the Washington Post for Gorenjski glas. You have every possibility to succeed but only if you want it!

    1. You just told me shit I already know, thanks.😀 I actually wrote about it in this very post.😉 Anyway, I’ll send you my bank account number through email.🙂 Then we can talk about getting out.🙂
      Oh, and another answer: the bitching stops here, because I’m done. I tried everything, now I’m getting into other business to try earn at least to get through the month in this shithole, THEN I’ll be able to go out.
      Wow, I mean, to comment the way you did after I just mentioned that exact mentality… But ok, I’m just saying, enjoy the world and accept that not everyone has the same options. Can you do that or will you judge me for my social situation as well? Because doing that to someone in a failing country like Slovenia is in fact adding insult to injury. And doing that to someone who’s been struggling to do exactly what you suggest for more than 6 years (you probably saw only the biggest attempts like the Best Jobs Australia thing) even more so. It is obviously you don’t know my situation and my options. It’s fucking frustrating to be denied a decent living in this country AND be denied of the dire situation I’m in. Bloody unbelievable!
      Oh and I forgot to mention: I really really hate it when someone says “You can succeed only if you want it.” Do you tell that to the homeless, too?😉🙂
      So think a little about why am I describing the same things for so long. How much support did I have (apart from the rare few)? Did any of my efforts produce a career? What everyone here did the entire time I knew I’ll soon get to a point where my parents will pay for all my living was telling me I’m just bitching. Well, f***k off, here’s where all the damn ignorance and all the help I got from this community brought me. And right back at ya’, you must have some balls to AGAIN say I’m just bitching and that I should get out. Un-fucking-believable. Why do you think I spent the last six years hauling my ass to Perpignan, sending emails abroad, going to portfolio reviews, or sending images to Slovenia Press Photo? You think I don’t know SPP is a totally different story than the rest of the world? Stop underestimating me. All of that, every single investment, was to show the world’s best editors and photographers how I work, but that was all I could do, because in terms of going out and do stories abroad, I came up short. Who’s gonna pay for it? NONE of my work here is paid enough to make it through the month. What part of it don’t you understand?!?!? What the hell is wrong with you people!?!??!

  3. Man… I am saying that you u are a hard worker, you are super talented, you have every predisposition to make it! I payed all my studies with a hefty tuition fee in one of the most expensive cities on the world by shooting weddings in Slovenia in the summers + working in London. Was not that fun, was not that easy it was time consuming but I had to do it and I still finished as one of the best students in the class! Soon after graduation I moved to China where I knew 1 (ONE) person! to work as a freelancer in the country where I did know anything about it and did not (do not) speak the freaking language! I repeat what an idiot I am.. going shoot people in a country where I can not communicate!?! Its freaking hard!!! But is it my choice, my bank account, my investment and I do not complain!!! I dont know… Maybe the main difference between you and me is that I go through all this shit with a smile on my face..even if its a grin… and believe that with more hard work and more investment I will get where I wont to be…And so far every time happened… Sometimes it takes twice the time but… It is hard and it is getting harder… If I had a speech on the high school for photography 5 years ago and I said…sure guys… I am not any better than you, every one can make it with some hard work… Now I would say… If you are not willing to go in this 110%, piss blood, constantly invest, shoot, work, assist dont even think about it coz you will fail… I hate stupid hard work around photography… sending emails… negotiating… applying for the contests… investing time for 10+ social medias… website…portfolio…networking…ass kissing…stupid jobs… annoying retouching.. backing up … sending the clients the hight res photos for the 4th time because they forgot them to download…. BUT there is no other occupation that I would rather be loosing hair, energy and money on than photography and that is why I am still kicking!
    When you listen to the -big- guys stories you soon figure it out why they are big… They are working and sweating over one project for 2-4 years, family suffers, wallet suffers, ego suffers… but they pull it through and the results are many times breathtaking…
    I would not dear to write what I wrote at the first place to many other photographers than you… But I am angry on you…. Because I know you are better and more hard working that I am but you dont figure it out what is the missing thing for the equation for success…! I dont underestimate you! I overestimate you thats why I wrote that! Sure… work in that job that are you planing to get..year..two… save some money and GO!!!
    If you would come to China I know you would be shooting for big papers in no time… But… dont come…I will loose my chances to work with them! And also maaaan… if you think you can complain a lot about Slovenia… China is a goldmine for complaints! Air, culture, corruption, censorship, traffic, language, food, waiting lines, language, air..did I mention air? List could go through the entire Wall and back!… But again… I am not changing this place for any other place just yet! Its fresh, full of optimism, energy, opportunities, amazing people, food, culture, language…

    p.s. it took me 1 hour to post this do to the fact that WordPress is censored here and I had VPN problems… Not complaining… just saying…😉

    1. I know how you did it, yes. I followed your career, of course. And you know, when you left I knew you’ll make it, because you’re a great photographer. I’m just saying that what many don’t understand regarding my story is that I did all that is neccessary and I still do. I have the same experiences and the same efforts behind me. I share most of photography related work and everything with just about any photographer. I don’t exactly hate it, because it’s part of the job. The part where too many in the photo community fail to understand is that my social situation is different. I gave all I had into where I am in photography now, and it is all I can afford. I know exactly that I should be working abroad, but that’s mostly impossible, because I first need to get myself into some other business to make enough money to work like that. If you know the situation in Slovenia (slavery🙂 ), then you know what are the odds of that. But of course, I took every chance I got to work abroad, and made the most of it. But it’s not enough. The chances when someone else pays the expenses are not plenty. I cannot pay for it myself. So I’m stuck here for the time being and forced to do something else, because I don’t get enough work. How it came to this is fairly simple. Clients losing money and a lot of what presented itself as ignorance of my work by the community. On a yearly basis, I got practically no work handed forward. And we all know that’s how it works. All of my own offers were ignored. A few clients that found me, wanted me to work for free. Like I said, I have a plan, but that means no more investing in photography. I can only work for people that I’ve mentioned above, no more projects of my own or doing something below price or something.
      Anyway, I had plans with Australia and stuff, most recently it’s London, but things aren’t enough yet. I need to make a living. Right now, I make 400 eur in December, 300 in June, 400 in July, and a 100 in November, everything in between is … well, it is or it isn’t. I got used to spending less and living on those 400 as long as I possibly can, but otherwise my parents are providing for me. Unfortunately it’s not a situation that would allow me either to work abroad (I know the expenses) let alone live there, but maybe, just maybe I can earn enough money with something else, and continue. Right now, I’m keeping Junior, Ana Monro and Križnik festival and wish for the best.
      The sad part is that I’ve been saying all this for so long and nothing changed. If the community paid more attention to my work, help me promote it through exhibitions and lectures, FB etc. and by word of mouth, maybe more stuff would come my way and I’d make it. But I was told I was bitching and that was it. Now it happened and I have to shift focus. Nothing wrong with that, I can do other stuff as well, but it could’ve been avoided.
      I hope you understand what I mean. I am complaining, but not for nothing. The problem was big. Bigger than most colleagues wanted to hear about or understand. Now I don’t think of it as a problem anymore, because I’m putting my focus on something else.
      I do admit one thing: I was a fool to work like the “big” guys in Slovenia. At least three stories took a year or two to produce – each. I went broke every time and depended on my parents to help me out. However, I could still only do it in Slovenia. Neither I or my parents could strectch it to cover costs to do it abroad. Which is why I made it count here. I did my best and hoped people would notice. And I also did stories where I knew I can help people involved. Because of THAT those stories actually made sense and still do. I don’t regret any of them. But yes, if I had that option, I should’ve gone out. I’m starting to think that when I gave myself the goal to be the best I can be in photography I failed to see that it’s all about the money and that we (me and my family) don’t reach high enough.
      Either way, this is the situation now and I’m shifting lanes to try to continue with photography as well. At this point, I sort of “aborted my mission” and am flying blind. Not very good in a country where jobs are gone and those that are left pay enough to pay the bills – and nothing more. But I don’t even think about it anymore. I live and that’s enough. But all of what I wrote needed to be said, because it’s the truth, and because I’m finally finished with giving any thought about that or – yes – bitching about it.😀 I bet you’ll miss my bitching, I tell you.😀
      And you know what, I hope I do get to China one day!😀 Fingers crossed.😀

  4. No.. I still cant possibly agree with you! U are young, well educated, talented, European, white, man! You have by default better chances to find a job than 96% of the other worlds population!!! (statistic might not be correct but you get my point) Work as a fu*** teacher, writer, translator, blogger, bartender… I am working from the age of 14… Makes me happy because it allows me go travel after or buy new camera gear… I dont need a house, I dont need credit, I dont need a fancy car…
    You knew I will make it…? Only thing I have make it so far is to live a life that I am 98% happy with and I dont have any regrets… Money will come eventually… But I also do many crap jobs, get money and then go do great jobs that are fun but usually dont even pay in the end… As long they keep me happy and keep the balance – crap – excitement its ok… teach sometimes… work free a lot… personal projects… anything goes… just to keep moving… producing new stuff… meet new people… And I am not exaggerating when I say… I am still surprised, amused every times I got payed for doing photography since I love it to much I could be doing it just for the sake of fun and experience forever… (retouching not included…)🙂

    And an article that I have just saw and is perfect for this conversation…
    http://www.siol.net/priloge/kolumne/miha_mazzini/2015/01/prekleta_drzava.aspx

    1. Well, obviously you still make enough to live. I don’t. Which is why I am starting something new and then maybe return to serious documentary work. Simple as that. You want to do odd jobs here? Seriously? Odd jobs in Slovenia are nothing but slavery. Forget about your life and earning enough for photography if you intent to work like that. Sure, maybe working like that elsewhere pays enough. Here it sure doesn’t. Personal projects? Who’s going to finance that? My personal project is taking a picture or two on the streets during my walks, and that’s all I can afford. Remember I was doing a crappy job for over 5 years and the pay was embarassing. Looked for other jobs – and the pay was again way below reasonable. So maybe the way you do works for where you are – the story is quite different where I am. But nevertheless, that is the plan – to do something else. However, that still means I can only do serious documentary work when someone else pays for it. I cannot earn enough here. And if you think it’s a case of “crappy country”, think again. It’s not my opinion. You can review my finances, do research and market research as well, see the prices and see the pay, then compare that to what would be needed for doing a story abroad. It may come as a surprise, but did you know that according to minimum wage and standard, Slovenia is about 30% more expensive than London? In costs of living.
      I’m saying these are the facts, whether you believe it or not. I know it’s difficult to understand this from your point of view… I don’t blame the country, I blame the mentality here. It’s where it all begins. I have plenty of stories of how bad it is, but I don’t even want to start about them. Because in fact, I don’t even want to talk about it anymore. Be a good sport, and believe me when I say all these things. I’ve been dealing with this and looking for solutions (in my range of options) for a very long time.

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