Think of a beautiful, charming, romantic city in Europe. Quickly, name 3 of them; yes. Paris. Rome. London. Maybe Prague or Vienna.
But you'll never heard them say 'Ljubljana'. This photograph features the old town of Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, another mystery on the world map. In fact, most people confuse Slovenia with Slovakia. Others think Slovenia has something to do with Russia. Can't say I blame them. Slovenia is small indeed, poorly recognized little green corner of land, squeezed between Italy, Austria, Hungary, Croatia and a tiny splash of the Adriatic Sea. Fly over it, blink once and you may miss it altogether. With a population of barely 2 million people, Slovenia most likely won't make it to the top of your travel destinations, but it really should be. Slovenia is, quite accurately put, the garden of Eden. Within a 2 hour stretch of driving to the South, East, West or East, you'll witness the wonders of nature crafted to perfection, at any month of the year. Incredible glacial blue lakes and rivers, caves and mountains, idyllic villages nestled among the sleepy, misty green hills, endless stretches of green forests and meadows, vineyards and fields, even some blue sea, medieval towns and castles...I could go on and one. Still mostly untouched by the big wave of tourism, Slovenia is that little piece of land that shouldn't have existed in the hart of the modern, overbuilt and over exploited world. But somehow it does.
It's funny though; when I was a kid, I never thought of Ljubljana never looked like a particularly beautiful city and Slovenia, never a strikingly gorgeous country. To me, like to many other citizens of Slovenia it was simply home. A place to go to school. A place to go to work, hospital and every now and then, to a graveyard. A place to pay your bills and do your groceries. A place to wait for the bus and wait in the queue at the bank. But those days are like a distant memory now. I haven't lived in Slovenia for decades and during this time, I've seen a lot of the world. My life as a kid from Ljubljana is put in perspective now and I am getting a lot more appreciative of the simpler things in life. Among them, is my love for my family, friends and my Slovenia. Yes, Slovenia never looked more beautiful than it does to me right now.
Photographer | Emmy Nominated Time Lapse Cinematographer | Visual Artist
Beno is a Slovenian born time lapse cinematographer, photographer and visual artist. He is currently based in Dubai, UAE.
For 18 years, Beno has trained his eye in the art of seeing as a 3D Computer Animation and Architecture Visualization specialist. As a veteran digital artist, Beno won numerous accolades and awards such as the rank of 'Autodesk Master' as well as the winner of the prestigious 'Tektronix International Design Visualization Competition' in 1993. For his continuous contributions to the art of architectural visualization, Beno was given a 'Special Merit of Excellence' award by Kinetix / Autodesk in 2005. Beno's 3D generated art was published in several international architectural visualization publications and books such as the '3DS MAX 2008 Foundation'. Beno was also a contributing consultant for Michigan State University at the Department of Forensic Science.
In 2008, Beno started exploring new creative avenues which lead him to discover the world of photography and time lapse cinematography. Having a solid foundation and decades of practice in related types of visual arts, Beno’s transition to his newly found passion was a swift one. By 2011, he had dozens of photographs and time lapse films specially featured across local and international media and publications. His body of work is recognized for its use of light and composition, drawing strong influences from the classics of cinema and traditional art.
Beno's comprehensive portfolio is defined by his profound love for architecture, engineering, science and the beauty of nature. His vast knowledge of digital imaging technologies is evident in every photograph. As an individual accustomed to dramatic profession changes, Beno believes in the power of a life-long learning process and feeding the child-like curiosity throughout adulthood. He tirelessly experiments with fresh styles of photography while refusing to box himself in any particular genre. Keeping the broad and diverse subject matters in front of his lens is the secret sauce to creative liberty and inspiration.
His list of clients include BBC’s Natural History Unit, the Discovery Channel, Canon Middle East, Emirates Airline, Abu Dhabi and Dubai Governments and many others.
He has recently been nominated for an Emmy for his achievements in cinematography. He is also a Silver Dolphin Award winner of the prestigious Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards.
Beno shoots for major image libraries such as Getty Images, Alamy and Trevillion Images. As a photo educator, Beno frequently hosts photography workshops and inspiration seminars on time lapse photography, fine art photography and digital image post-processing. He is a frequently featured artist and has made numerous appearances and tutorials on various blogs such as 500px.com, Scott Kelby One, Trey Ratcliff's Variety Hour, Topaz Labs Blog and many others.
- University of Lifepresent
- Timesand StudiosExecutive Producer, Photographer / Filmmaker, 2008 - present