Interview with National Geographic Photographer Jaka Ivančič
»Life has taught me that it’s not necessary to plan too much.«
What’s the most important in the world of photography? Equipment, models, a perfect location or just a sharp eye? It’s often heard that equipment is not important for a good photo. Those who say so are in my opinion not quite right. Sure, a “cute” photo can be made with a camera on modern mobile phones, but such a photo can be used only for home archives or posting on Facebook. It is also true, however, that the best equipment does not help without a good dose of knowledge, experience and talent. Certainly, there is no single answer what exactly is the most important in photography. It is a combination of different factors, which are certainly experience, perseverance, creativity, a little luck and, of course, good photo equipment.
How did you started – have you always known, that you will be a photographer?
I honestly never said, “When I grow up, I’ll be a photographer!” Everything else but that. It all grew up from a hobby. My photographic beginnings date back to my childhood, although during certain periods of my life, photography has often came second or even third. I began to work a bit more seriously at in the time of the popular portal Obala.net, where I was preparing photo reports from events and concerts. On travels and parties, I was always the “»annoying”« one with the camera. Later, I came to Radio Capris, where I took care of taking photographs along with other things. Although most of the people know me form my landscapes photos , I prepared my first exhibition – of which I’m very proud – , on the topic of culinary art. For some time, I was writing a blog for the web portal, where I posted reviews of restaurants across Slovenia. At that time, I was photographing a lot of food and, probably, I was therefore that is why I was offered to prepare an exhibition of Istrian-Karst cuisine for the world exhibition Expo Milano 2015, which was on display at the opening in the Slovenian Pavilion.
You are the master of landscape photography , we can not overlook the fact, that National Geographic regularly highlights your work and that you are exhibiting abroad. What are the plans for the future?
I am happy that although I live from photography, I still enjoy it and I still like to learn, upgrade, explore how my photos can be even better … Life has taught me, that too much planning is not too good either. I still want to take a lot of photographs and despite photographing events, products, food, portraits and more, I would like to devote more time to landscape photography. But let’s see what the time will bring …
Another passion of yours is radio, but you have successfully merged it with a photography; do these two easily going hand– in –hand?
It often happens, that when I tell someone that I’m an official photographer at Radio Capris, I get the answer: “Why do they need a photographer at all?” Radio is no longer what it used to be. It is a medium at the end of which was, people has already announced its by the people end for a hundred times, but it has survived and I am sure it will continue to be with us in the future … Today, radio has is closely linked to the web, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all this requires visual content such as photography and video.
What Jaka does when he “does not work” – do you go anywhere without a camera in your bag?
As I have mentioned before, although photography is my work, I still enjoy it. When I choose what to photograph, I go to in the nature, to the mountains, to travel for the purpose of photography. When it’s the weather is less suitable for photography, I’m researching and experimenting with new photo processing techniques at home. Otherwise, I take time to hang out with friends, some for recreation, I love to eat something good, special, I really love good food.
One of the most important things is to hand over the knowledge, you also do that also with photo workshops, is there a lot of interest in photography among young people?
In the past, I hosted many workshops, which were, however, an additional way of promoting my work. In the world and also in our country, photo-excursions are more popular than workshops in the world and also in our country are popular photo-excursions. For example, if a photographer from abroad wants to see Slovenia and visit a large number of the most interesting locations for photography within a week, it is practically impossible without someone, who knows the area as the back of their own pockethand. I am currently working with Luka Esenko and occasionally I’m taking photo excursions for his agency Esenkotours, which is a great pleasure for me. Finally, I took over a group of American photographers in to the autumn– coloured Plitvice. I hope I’ll be able to do more of that in the future, if only time will allow.