Friday, 9 August 2013

Portrait of a lace maker

Mercury and lace. For centuries those were the main two income sources for the ordinary man (and woman) living in a Slovenian town of Idrija. While men were mining mercury, women spent their days making lace. During the last few decades both of those roles have been slowly replaced by alternatives provided by industry and hobbies of modern times.


With constant growth in tourism sector, Idrija has been trying to take advantage of a rich technical heritage, centuries of Mercury mining have left behind. Delicious local food specialities (žlikrofi) and delicate lace products are just some of all the other things this charming little Slovenian town has to offer to a visitor.


In an effort to help Idrija lace reach the publicity it deserves, I recently took part in a photographic workshop titled "Portrait of a lace maker". These are just some of the results I got from a rainy morning photo-session.








Clicking on any one of above photos will reveal them all in a much more flattering resolution.

4 comments:

Madge Bloom 10 August 2013 21:26  

Marvelous, love the use of natural light... so dramatic!

Marko 12 August 2013 13:13  

@Madge Bloom:
Thanks. That is exactly what I was aiming for. I think these came out quite nice.

Danica Bridges-Martin 21 August 2013 09:59  

Creepy and cool at the same time! :) Danica

Marko 21 August 2013 19:52  

@Danica Bridges-Martin:
The light was intentionally used in the way to give photos a bit gloomy dark feel. Typical local houses were usually built like that - with relatively small windows.

I am glad you like them anyway. :)

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