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Laurence B. Didion, our fomer president of IFWP, has written some beautiful and shared feelings about our missed friend and companion Karlo.

We will never honour him as much as he deserved.

 

"Several years ago, as I was coming to visit the IFWP Swedish club PhotoNatura for the first time, an unknown member and his wife volunteered to put me up for a few nights. I did not know then that I was meeting my best photography partner, a man like no one I ever met before. His name was Karlo Pesjak, he was buried some weeks ago and many nature photographers, not only in Sweden, already miss him as much as I do.

We all try to live a loving life, to ve a loving individual. We help others to show our love and to be loved in return. I discovered with time that for Karlo, helping was just motivated by the pleasure of sharing life with fellow humans. He did not try, did not want, was not passionate or excited.

He was simply in love with all forms of live: you, me, this couple walking down the street, this plant here, the fox there, or anything animal, vegetal or ethereal as a beautiful landscape. And because joy suffused his relationship to the whole world he had a great warm sense of humour that showed in his images and in the way he talked about them. Though his eyes, a water spider became a satellite in the night sky, the viewer was turned into a voyeur witnessing two crows private life, common months turned into out-of-space aliens.

His love of life, his trust, allowed him to try and try again, and that is what made him so creative. It is only now,, missing him, that I realise that his art was deeply suffused by his very unique personality. It is only now that I realise how much we (I) can learn from him in relation to creativity and what being a (nature) photographer is about.

I am sure Karlo would smilingly agree with Oscar Wilde saying: «Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. »

Laurence B. Didion"

 

 Photo. Karlo Pesjak