June 2016 MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Marko Stojkovic

A round of applause for the winner of VPW’s June 2016 Türkenschanzpark Photo Walk, Marko Stojkovic!

Our sincere congratulations go out to Marko Stojkovic, who joined us on his very first photo walk on June 18th 2016, to the Türkenschanzpark, and instantly won over the hearts and critical eyes of our numerous VPW members. In our June 2016 contest, in which seventeen other photographers took part, Marko’s two contributions won both first and second place! You can take a look at both of his winning shots here. His depiction of the fabulously-dressed older woman resting on a bench is particularly striking, and has an air of old-school street photography charm, in the best traditions of the greats like Henri Cartier-Bresson.

As always, to celebrate this victory, we invite the winner of our contest to give us an exclusive interview. It gives us all a chance to get to know them a little better, and perhaps learn a thing or two from them. Marko, you have the floor!

VPW Photo Walk Winner Interview: Marko Stojkovic

I’m still very new to Vienna, and have only been here about 4 weeks. I moved here together with my wife, Sara, and am studying German at the moment. We spend our free time exploring the city; so far I really like the Schönbrunner Schlosspark, but I don’t have a ‘favourite spot’ here yet, and believe you can take great photos just about anywhere.

I first started doing photography 4 years ago; I got into the business by accident, but fell in love with it right away and have never looked back since. My wife Sara and I recently started our own business – Mare and Sara – and we hope, someday, to be one of the most successful photography businesses in Europe. At the moment, we offer our services as professional photographers, and also have a side-project called “Das Foto Haus“, which is a school where we offer classes on digital photography.

When I first got into the business I read a lot of books, but as time went by I began watching videos online, and observing how other people work; I still don’t use Instagram or any other kind of social networks to educate myself.

I prefer shooting outdoor portraits, engagement sessions, weddings, and landscapes. If you ask me why, my answer is, well, I simply don’t know. Maybe because of the light, and the ability to tell a story of someone’s life in pictures? My favourite camera would be the D750 with 70-200 2.8 IS II, and the camera that I am using currently is D7100 with 85mm 1.8 .

My favourite artist is Cliff Mautner, and I also really like the late Bill Cunningham, though he does a very different kind of photography to mine. I enjoy shooting with natural light, I enjoy challenges that can appear during a photo shoot, and I also enjoy doing postproduction. Having said that, my biggest frustration with photography is probably my laptop! It takes ages to edit shots, and to produce the kind of quality that I want to achieve.

I think that, ultimately, the key to taking great photos is to put down your camera, and to just use your eyes: find the good light, find the good composition, and then take a photo. I always like to say, “it’s better to take one really good photo, than fifty bad ones”. Funny story about that, actually: when I first started working in photography and finally got hired as professional photographer for an event, I didn’t actually know how to focus… As a result, I showed up on my manager’s doorstep with 300 completely blurry photos!

When I’m not behind the camera… actually, scratch that. I’m doing my dream job. Being a photographer is what I want to be. But, if I could be anywhere in the world I’d be living in Hawaii, Maui or Wellington, New Zealand. I have been to both islands, and loved them. Random, non-photography related fact about me? I played volleyball for 7 years, and won many medals in my day.

I have been on two photo walks organised by VPW so far. If it weren’t for Vienna Photo Walk, I would never go out by myself to walk and take photos. It’s been a nice experience so far, and I only wish we could go on more walks before 9am and after 6pm.

I would like to thank Marko for taking the time to share his story and thoughts here with me; it was a pleasure to find out more about him and his work. To see more, please check out Marko’s work on the following websites:

Homepage: Mare and Sara
Professional Instagram: Mare and Sara
Personal Instagram: @marentze
Facebook: www.facebook.com/mareandsara
500px: mkostojkovic

If you have any questions or comments for him, please feel free to leave a comment below, or send us an email.

As always, looking forward to the next walk, the next winner, the next interview!