My Year 2018 - Katja Jemec - Photographer
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My year 2018

Morning of 31st of December 2017 was the most magical ever. I hiked up the volcano of Tongariro Crossing, starting at 3 AM, trying to capture the sunrise. The weather forecast was perfect – clear sky with a few clouds. No matter the strong winds that almost blew me away, the tears of joy were rolling down my face as I reached the top. The view over the blue and green lakes all the way to the other side of the island was so impressive. I thought 2017 was an interesting year for me. But I have not entered 2018 yet.

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I started year 2018 in New Zealand, rolling down the streets of Raglan with my traveling buddies. The summer vibe was fully on – taking it easy, with summer temperature 30°C. Happy and relaxed as ever. And this is exactly the feeling that remained until the end of my traveling.

I have reached one of my biggest life goals – to live in the van. Traveling around New Zealand in the old van named Bongo and doing photography work on the way, was something I have always really desired. I truly fell in love doing it. Having a mobile office was exciting and challenging at the same time. This kind of lifestyle gave me lots of freedom and built up my creativity.

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Another important big thing for me was being published in New Zealand Wedding Magazine. My photostory was shared over 30 pages!

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When summer in New Zealand got closer to an end, I moved back to Europe, where the summer was just slowly coming in.

I was determined to make another huge step in my life – moving on my own. No matter my gypsy soul, I’ve got to the point I need a “stationary” home. A place I can always return to from traveling. It wasn’t a difficult decision – I knew that I wanna live close to the Alps, river and the lake. In Slovenia we have only one place like this – Bohinj.

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Daily view over Alps gave me lots of energy to continue my year fully inspired. Among others I have photographed 20 weddings and participated in some personally really important projects such as Balkan River Defence and working for Source To Sea.

I have always loved activism, but never really found something I would wanna fight for. When I got my first sea kayak a couple of years ago my exploration of this incredibly interesting water sport has begun. Summer 2017 was the first time I tried myself in whitewater kayaking and realised how much I love rivers. Kayaking world really impressed me, especially after joining Balkan River Defence, a group of activists fighting for free rivers. Even though I’m still a very beginner in whitewater kayaking, I enjoy (almost) every time on the river – even when the fear shakes my confidence. 🙂 

In upcoming year wish you all have a place that calms you down and friends who inspire you for tomorrow.

Being in the flow means being aware that the river of life is flowing to us at every moment. Being in the flow means accepting whatever comes and putting it to good use, before passing it on. Going with the flow means allowing whatever comes to move on freely, without holding on in any way.

Keep on flowing in 2019!

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