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December 5, 2011

Dear friends, visitors and followers,
Due to a crazy amount of changes in my personal life, including getting married, taking my husband’s last name and expecting a baby, I have made some changes to my blog and website to reflect my new last name and photographer brand. I am now working under the name: Mili Walker.

Therefore, you can now find me and follow me in the following online social networks of your choice:
www.miliwalkerblog.com
www.miliwalker.com
www.facebook.com/miliwalkerphotography
Twitter: MiliWalker

It’s still the good old me, just with a new life track, and several new domains!

Selfportrait

Selfportrait

The Decisive Moment

September 7, 2011

“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative”. Henri Cartier-Bresson

People on the street reading 500th issue of "24 hours" magazine

"News Junkies"

The decisive moment happens when the action reaches an apex.

Competition in rhythmic gymnastics in Belgrade, Serbia

"Rhythmic gymnastics"

When a subject portrays the perfect expression.

Capturing magic moments in portraiture

"Baby Sara"

When the light becomes its most dramatic.

Dramatic light in photography

"The sprayman's crime"

Waiting for this perfect moment to happen may take time. Sometimes it happens in 5 minutes, sometimes you have 50 of them during the same photo shoot. It may also never happen and you’ll finish the shoot a little bit (or a lot) disappointed with just “ok” photographs.

Women competition

"Women"

This photograph is just one more example of  a “decisive moment”. I was photographing a child’s birthday. I made lots of “ok” photographs, but I was hoping that something “crazy” and interesting was going to happen. Suddenly, a girl in red coat appeared. It was so obvious that she is “popular girl”, natural leader. By her attitude I could tell something interesting is going to happen once she entered the room where is the “birthday girl”. Honestly, I didn’t have idea “decisive moment” that was ready to happen is going to be so dramatic:-)
But, that’s life! Decisive moment can be: comic, happy, sad, dramatic.

Henri Cartier-Bresson said “Life is once. Forever”. What he also said is “the moment” is only one, if you have to correct it, it’s a next picture.

Scene from the wedding I was photographing

"Mother and son"

A scene from a wedding I was photographing last month

What I figured out from my own experience is that you have to be in something like “ninja style” which means: fast, sharp, clear mind and very intuitive. Part of being able to capture the decisive moment is practice. It is no accident that great photographers tend to photograph all the time, developing a kind of intuitive muscle memory and hand-eye coordination. After a while, you develop a kind of vision and you become hyper-aware of your surroundings.

Spontaneous moments in photography

"Because life is beautiful"

Once you “learn to see”, your photographs begin to tell the story and make people react. People start asking: “did you stage the photos?”

"Big Brother is watching you"

My answer is yes, and no. Staging photographs is a subject for itself, but the truth is that you can “stage” in many different ways. If you feel something is going to happen and if you prepare to shoot like a hunter and wait for the moment…yes, it’s kind of staging. Sometimes, I feel that scene or subject I’m photographing has potential, so sometimes I do kind of action because reaction is what I want to capture.

Old lady staring

"The Watcher"

"Cosmopolitan high heel race"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the end, here are some tips for successful hunting for decisive moments:

1. Be patient.
2. When you photograph people, try all your best to make them feel relaxed. Once people are relaxed in front of you, they will open and show a pure, honest part of themselves. Trust me, there is pure magic in that. Capture it.

Portrait of man

"Milan"

3. Be fast, don’t miss a chance. Some moments you simply cannot repeat.

"Chasing for the white one"

4. Travel, travel, travel. Cities like Paris literally can change your state of mind.

"3 Ways" Paris

5. Go to NYC at least once in your life. Just go and you’ll see why.

"I listens to your problem for $2"

6. Go to concerts as much as possible. The energy of live music and charisma of performers will make you happy, filled, relaxed and you’ll simply see more clear.

"Parov Stelar Band", Belgrade, Serbia

7. Dance like no one is watching.  Be open to new experiences, miracles tend to happen in places we least expect.

" Right me here me me"

8. Being a cynic is okay, sometimes. It’s kind of balance to “happy for no reason”.

Ortodox, Muslim and Jewish priest out of the duty

"Chit chat with God"

9. Pay attention to details. Simple gestures can sometimes say so much more.

"Someone somewhere in summer time"

10. Stay cool and keep a young spirit, no matter how old are you. If you’re old inside, how you can expect to cherish life and see little miracles?

Nightlife in Chicago, club Joynt

"I wear my sunglasses at night"

Clouds Clouds and More Clouds

September 6, 2011

  My obsession with clouds continues. These photos were taken few days ago on my flight to NYC.

 

 

Sophie’s World in Black and White

September 1, 2011

From an artistic viewpoint; color depicts reality and black and white is interpretation of reality. I’ve been asked many times how I decide is some photo going to be in color or in BW. I still don’t have clear answer to that question. I guess it’s just a feeling. Some photos simply look better in BW, some in color!

Taking photos in black and white allow photographers to experiment more with the contrast between the light and shadow areas, as there will be no colors to distract the viewer’s eyes. Also black and white is well known for adding a particular atmosphere and mood to photos. Another creative aspect is that black and white photos are great for emphasizing the lines and textures in a face in portrait photography.

Bottom line is: BW is timeless, magical and dreamy and sometimes works just perfectly when it comes to children photography.

This blog is devoted to little Sophie-my very dear client! Enjoy your childhood dear Sophie.









Air&Water Show in Chicago

August 31, 2011

I know it was almost 2 weeks ago, but because of my trip to NYC I didn’t have time to post “Air&Show” photos. Here are some of the photos I took that day.





















Fake Hurricane Irene…Well at Least in NYC it Was Nothing More Than Summer Rain

August 30, 2011

New York City: August 27, 2011- The city that never sleeps was the city of ghosts. It was my first trip to New York City and I was so excited to see the “city that never sleeps”. But what I witnessed was a deep coma and definitely the most unique experience of NYC, ever.

Hurricane Irene in NYC, empty streets

"Ghosts"

I’m really trying not to go into the politics of the situation, but… I’m deeply horrified by what the media and politicians were ready to do just to better their reputations, more votes and higher rating! Journalists seemed to forget what journalism actually is and they obviously got the best possible support to create madness and fear among people.

They did a marvelous job: streets of NYC were completely empty, public transportation was shut down, stores were closed (except for a few brave grocery stores) and yes, many people were in panic and left the city because they wanted to live a little bit longer.

What happened in NYC in the end was a simple rain: That’s it.


"Fashion is dead"





"Life without McDonalds"


"Seating Avaliable"












"Bored to death"


"Empty"








I’m not angry because the media and politicians wanted us to be safe and inform us about possible chaos. I’m angry because they are making fools of us. The most insulting moment was the day after, when RAIN (not Hurricane) stopped, sun was ready to shine and politicians and “journalist” kept telling us not to go out” “that it’s very dangerous outside”, “that we must fear and that it’s not over yet and for something that was rain they keep calling very dangerous Hurricane Irene”.

I’ll never understand why they simply didn’t tell THE TRUTH: “Thank God, we were so lucky, this Hurricane missed us”.

It was funny, I spend so much time writing to my parents and friends in Serbia that NOTHING happened in NYC. They kept telling me” “But we saw videos and photos; people are dying and everything is flooded”. It took me sometime to tell them that what they saw weren’t the actual streets of NYC because I was there and feeling like Will Smith in the movie “I Am Legend”.

The destructive power of the media is frightening and more than ever I’m sure I’ll continue my life without watching TV and reading newspapers.

Finally, on Monday 29th, they showed mercy on us, they gave us back public transportation and the chance to mingle through NYC.

By the way, it was one of the most beautiful days in 2011.

Instead of journalists, I’ll say one more time: “NYC experienced rain, not Hurricane and thank God it missed us”.

Because Life is Beautiful

August 17, 2011

“The artist has one function–to affirm and glorify life”
W. Edward Brown

"Because Life Is Beautiful"