Vancouver Biennale: Through the Lens of Marija Pavlovic

Monday September 28th, 2009

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Showcasing Great Local Photographers

The Vancouver Biennale embraces all the great photographers – pro, amateur, somewhere in between – that live within or visit our city!  I hope to use this place to showcase some of the best photographs of the sculpture and other installations associated with the Vancouver Biennale.

It’s my pleasure to introduce the incredible work of Marija Pavlovic.

I met Marija during the installation of Yue Minjun’s A-Mazing Laughter at Morton Triangle near English Bay.  I could tell that she was a serious photographer because she had a real purpose in her stance when she aimed her camera.

Marija 21Pillows by Liu Jianhua.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

Marija was kind enough to provide me with some great photos to share with you on this blog.  An extended look at many of her shots is available at the Vancouver Biennale Facebook Fan page.

I asked Marija to answer a few quick questions to help people to get to know the person behind the lens.

Thanks to Marija for participating and for taking such amazing photos!

Marija 24The Meeting by Wang Shugang, Cardero Park.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

6 Questions with Marija Pavlovic + 6 More Photos.

1) Where did you grow up? I was born and grew up in Negotin.  It’s a small town in Eastern European country of Serbia.

Marija 05A-Mazing Laughter, Morton Triangle.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

2) Which photographer do you most admire? Scott Kelby is a photographer, designer, author and blogger. I have his book, ‘Digital Photography’ in my library and I refer to it often when I need help or little secrets to the art of photography.

Marija 26The Meeting by Wang Shugang.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

3) What are your 3 favourite things about Vancouver? The first thing that I love about this city is the presence of the Pacific Ocean.  The second thing is that this is a city full of art and artists and I am free to express myself. And the third thing is the people!  They’re so friendly and communicative and different in so many ways that they give the city a special atmosphere.

Marija 11A-Mazing Laughter by Yue Minjun, Morton Triangle.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

4) What is your happiest memory? It’s hard to have just 1 but I think that the day that I got my first professional camera from my husband and day when I came to live in Vancouver are very special moments for me.

Marija 28The Meeting by Wang Shugang, Cardero Park. Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

5) If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? When I was a young girl I used to think, “How wonderful it would be to be a cat!”  But now, I’m not so sure.  I think that I prefer my own skin.

Marija 13A-Mazing Laughter by Yue Minjun, Morton Triangle.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

6) Who are your heroes in real life? Hmm…I’m not someone who has heroes, I think.  For me, a hero is anybody who takes responsibility and has love for other people, animals and our planet.

To me a hero is someone who brings positivity to the lives of everyone and everything around them.

Marija 02A-Mazing Laughter by Yue Minjun, Morton Triangle.  Photo by Marija Pavlovic.

Like what you see?