Serbian Photographer Boogie opens windows to places most of us will never see.

Interview © Lost Art

 

 

What's the most common question in your interviews?


Usually people ask me how I got close enough to the gang members and drug addicts to photograph them. They also ask me the same thing about Nazi skinheads.


 


You won your green card in the lottery. Tells us how that came about.


I never really planned to leave my country. Everything happened by pure chance. One night I was drinking with some friends and we all applied for the lottery—no idea how that came up. I was the only one to win, and here I am.

 

 


How do you approach your subjects? One would think a lot of the people you photograph do not wish to have their picture taken.


There is no recipe for that. I guess it must have something to do with my personality. I think the important thing is that I try not to judge my subjects, and I think they can feel that. It’s probably why they trust me. Also, the gang and drug project came to me by accident—I never planned it. I don’t think you can plan projects like that. You would be surprised how many times people would ask me to take their pictures while shooting up or showing off their guns. I think many of these people are aware that they won’t be around for long, and it’s a way for them to be remembered.


Do you stay in touch with your subjects (after photographing them)? Do you give them prints/copies?


Sometimes I stay in touch. Again, there are no rules. I usually don’t give prints to my subjects, but I gave some of the gang members my book, It’s All Good, when it came out, and they loved it.


What motivates you to photograph? What inspires you?


I do it because I have to do it, or else I would die. I just follow my heart. What inspires me changes all the time. Right now, I’m inspired by normal everyday life. I take a lot of photos of birds and dogs, trees, shadows… But it’s evolving all the time, and that’s the beauty of it.

 

Are social skills more important than technique?


I think both things are equally important, at least for the type of photography that I do, which is documentary.

 
 
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