Born in Offenbach in Germany, photographer Damir Matijevic works and lives in Zagreb, Croatia. Graduated from Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture in Zagreb in 1996, Matijevic has always had a passion for art. He has been photographing for twenty years, especially intensively for the last four years. For him, photography is a melody of light and soul. It is an evidence of a singular moment in time and space, where we find our own reflections. “Often, in contemplation of my surroundings, I find myself seeking a deeper meaning. Recognizing the intimately whispering interplay of my soul’s vibrating with the space around me, my soul is forced to express itself through images. This is how I discovered photography; as an outer reflection of my soul’s inner vibration. We live in a very hectic (busy) time, and I am trying to get away from the noise of everyday life. I am attracted to places where time has left traces, but I also try to depict everyday places as if I saw them for the first time, so my intention is to offer people to see and feel the beauty of what attracted me in the moment of the shooting.” Since 2013, Matijevic is a member of the Croatian Association of Artists (HDLU).
If you are a Mac owner, you might recognize Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi’s striking photo “Blue Pond" as one of your available desktop backgrounds. A resident of the northern island of Hokkaido, Shiraishi enjoys photographing the natural scenery of his home, including the same stunning pond location during all four seasons. Because the pond, located in Biei, has a dramatic ability to change colors daily, it has been a very fruitful subject for Shiraishi. “Blue Pond" also won Honorable Mention in National Geographic Photo Contest 2011, and his photo of the same location when the water was a beautiful shade of green was an editor’s choice in this year’s contest. (source: Asia Society)