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Bronze 2021 Fine Art / Still Life

Herbarium of Summer Memories

  • Photographer
    Maja Strgar Kurecic
  • Agency / Studio
    Msk Photography
  • Prize
    Bronze in Fine Art / Still Life

These photos symbolize the warmth of a summer day, the carefreeness and beauty of the little things in life. Each plant in these photos carries a memory of the summer spent on the Adriatic. I collected them every day on the way back from the beach. Although they are dry and seem lifeless, they carry within them the seeds of new life. To emphasize their delicate and fragile structure, I photographed them submerged in water. The colors in the photos are intentionally reduced to warm which symbolizes the warmth of the sun in summer or cold colors, which represent the color of the Adriatic Sea.

Maja Strgar Kurecic is an Associate Professor at Faculty of Graphic Arts, University of Zagreb, where she teaches photography. Area of research relates to printing technology, digital photography and graphic design. Beside scientific work, she is engaged in artistic photography, publishing many photographs in books, magazines, daily newspapers, art calendars, posters. She exhibits photographs on 45 group and 20 independent exhibitions, held in country and abroad. She is a member of ULUPUH (Croatian Association of Artists of Applied Arts) and CPPA (Croatian Press Photographers Association).