Ciril Jazbec@ciriljazbec

National Geographic photographer / based in Slovenia / Leica Camera / Arctic stories

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On our way to Aappilattoq, a small settlement in the northwest Greenland we had to sail through the melting ice. I was traveling with Niels, a local fisherman and hunter. He told me life had become much harder due to climate change with fishing and hunting forming the foundation of the Inuit world. The Greenland’s massive ice sheet, almost two miles deep in some places, has been melting faster than at any time during the past 50 years. #Greenland #Arctic #climatechange #melting #ice


Earlier this year I was fortunate to finally visit Qaanaaq, one of the most remote towns in Greenland. I was very lucky to stay at Navarana’s house and collaborate with her on my project. She is a descendant of a shaman, an Inughuit elder, and a professional interpreter. She helped me open many doors inside the community. It is all about trust and respect when you are in the field working on a documentary project. One time she asked me to take a portrait of her and while I was changing a roll of film she quickly updated her Facebook about our photo shoot with her wearing traditional clothing. #Greenland #Arctic #portrait


Greenlandic dog is not a pet dog but a working dog that Inuit hunters and fishermen use for dog-sledding. They are the least know casualties of climate change. With the disappearance of sea ice, they have become a burden, which is why some hunters are forced to shoot them. It is too expensive to sustain and feed them throughout the year when they can only use them for shorter and shorter periods of time. I took this portrait while crossing the frozen sea on my way to Siorapaluk, one of the northernmost settlement on the planet. #Greenland #Arctic #greenlandic #dog


The initially planned one-night stopover in Upernavik, a town in northwestern Greenland, suddenly extended in a five-day stay, when my flight with national airline further up north was cancelled due to bad weather. There was nothing to be done but adapt to the situation. Travelling around Greenland really teaches you how to be patient and deal with mother nature. So I spent time exploring the town and often visited the harbour where local children like to play by jumping over containers. Towns in Greenland receive goods and some basic food supplies with container ships when there is no sea ice. #Greenland #Arctic


One of the few places where ice from the Greenland ice cap enters the sea, Sermeq Kujalleq or Jakobshavn is one of the fastest (19 m per day) and most active glaciers in the world. It annually calves over 35 km3 of ice, i.e. 10% of the production of all Greenland calf ice and more than any other glacier outside Antarctica. This photo was taken during a boat trip in the Ilulissat Icefjord. Seeing the glacier so close up was mesmerizing and so was picturing the further magnitudes below and inside by itself a gigantic sight. #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange #glacier #melting


Entering Siorapaluk, one of the northernmost settlements on the planet, after taking five plane flights, one helicopter flight and a several hour dog sled ride over the sea ice. Inhabited by a few families the village faces a serious decline in population. Peter Simigag, a hunter from Qaanaaq, who is encircled by dogs, is visiting one of them. #Arctic #Greenland #northernmost #settlement


Kristian Eipe (55), one of the most experienced hunters in Qaanaaq, says the life in the farthermost north is tough but cannot imagine living it differently. #Arctic #Greenland #hunter #portrait


Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier is Greenland’s largest and fastest-moving glacier. It is the bellwether of climate change in the region likely to contribute more to sea-level rise than any other glacier in the Northern Hemisphere. Widely thought to have unleashed the iceberg that sank the Titanic, it has become well-known in last years for a couple of large calving events where kilometers of ice were shed from its front.
On average, the glacier moves nearly three times faster in recent years than it did in the mid-nineties, surging at a rate of 17 kilometers (10 miles) per year. This photograph was shot during my fifth trip to Greenland on a boat trip where we passed by hundreds of icebergs that had unleashed from the glacier and made me feel like I was on another planet. #Greenland #Arctic #Ilulissat #climatechange


Anton Aronsen, an Inuit hunter, spotted me while I was exploring Aappilattoq, a small village in northwestern Greenland, on my first day of a visit and invited me over for a lunch. His house is like any other Greenlandic house painted in vivid colours, so locals can notice them easier when returning home from hunting or fishing. #Greenland #Arctic #settlement


After an eight hour journey from a small town Qaanaaq we were slowly approaching Siorapaluk, one of the world’s northernmost inhabited settlements.
The temperature became hardly bearable, while my toes had gone freezing long time ago. In spite of that, I was excited to experience a dog sled ride over the sea ice just a few weeks before it melted, thereby changing the locals’ way of life for radically. #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange #seaice #dogsled


Anton Aronsen sitting in his kitchen by Narwhale tail. He saw me walking around Aappilattoq and invited me for a lunch on a cold day. Later he showed me photos of his family and life first as a hunter and then as a fisherman. Life in the northern Greenland is changing fast. Subsistence hunting is disappearing due to the melting of the sea ice, so more and more hunters are becoming fishermen. #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange


Unpredictability appears to be a new constant of the Greenlandic changing climate. Earlier the Inuit hunters could just look at the weather and see how it is going to be the next few days. But today this is sometimes no longer possible because the change of the weather happens from day to day, or from hour to hour. The photo was taken in Upernavik, a small town in the northwest of Greenland, while I was waiting a couple of days for a delayed flight that was cancelled due to bad weather. I remember the town’s life was brought to a standstill while the power of nature took over. #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange


Earlier this year I did my fifth trip to Greenland, a place on the Earth that never ceases to amaze me. This time I travelled to Qaanaaq and Siorapaluk, the world’s northernmost settlements to investigate how climate change has affected the lives of indigenous people, the community of around 700 Inughuits which in spite of several alarming climate and cultural threats persists with the traditional age-old way of hunting. These people are on the frontier of the climate change that is eventually going to affect us all. On the picture, you can see Qaanaaq and a frozen fjord in the back. #Arctic #Greenland #climatechange

Qaanaaq, Nordgronland, Greenland

Miha Jazbec is a local shoemaker who carries on the craft in Tržič. Following the shoemaking craftsmanship of his grandfather, father, and uncle, Jazbec combined tradition with his passion for climbing and hiking. He found a niche specializing in repairing the soles of climbing shoes and mountaineering boots “As climbers ourselves, we understand what is important when repairing climbing shoes,” he says. @natgeo #Trzic #Slovenia #shoedoctor


Klemen, a local outdoor enthusiast and a climber, with his dog Brin (Irish Setter) on the top of a climbing wall in the Dovžan Gorge. They sit on a naturally formed rock tower called Kušpegar’s Belfries, where climbing walls are set. @natgeotravel @visit_trzic @feelslovenia #Trzic #Slovenia #dovzanovasoteska


The Kušpegar’s Belfries climbing area in the Dovžan Gorge attracts climbers from all over Slovenia. The first routes were free climbed in 1979 and additional routes were subsequently developed. On summer evenings, climbers and locals often gather around the fire and sing in the gorge. @natgeotravel @visit_trzic @feelslovenia #Trzic #Slovenia #dovzanovasoteska


I have been following @klemenpremrl for long time. We share great fascination for ice, which had led us again and again to the faraway Greenland from a tiny Slovenian Alpine town Tržič. He has been returning to take up some of his most challenging ice-climbers routes, while I have been driven by an urge to document the irreversible effects climate change has had on hunting, the lifeblood of Inuit culture. Joining our perspectives and deep appreciation for nature while working on a reportage about our hometown for @natgeotravel was therefore an unforgettable experience. #Trzic #Slovenia @igslovenia @feelslovenia @visit_trzic

Dovžanova Soteska

Story about my hometown Trzic that I worked on for @natgeotravel is published! Check out how I have re-discovered this beautiful place where I grew up and follow a link in my profile.
Blaž Vogelnik, a retired textile factory worker, has a close connection to nature. In addition to caring for sheep, he has been maintaining mountain hiking trails around Tržič for 35 years.
@visit_trzic @igslovenia @feelslovenia #Trzic #Slovenia


This light... This light that breaks, after a heavy rainfall, through clouds that roll over the mountain range that surrounds the valley where I grew up... This light is why I became a photographer. My room often felt like a first-row-seat experience of the most spectacular light transformations. When this magical light arrived, it was impossible to study. I would literally run out to catch it. Yesterday I drove back to my parents’ village after a long time and was once again welcomed by it . Working for @natgeo is often more about getting to the bottom of the story but good light can help sometimes. #Kriskopolje #Trzic #Slovenia


It has been a while since I posted a photo on my IG account. What can I say... It has been an incredible year. This year alone I have worked in Greenland, Kenya, Rwanda, Macedonia, Kosovo, USA and in my home Slovenia. I have never felt so inspired in my life before. Becoming a father opened new ways of seeing the world around me. I can finally relate to every parent in the world and appreciate what that actually means. Can’t wait to share new work. Stay tuned.


On my way back to Northern Greenland for few weeks. Can't wait to explore new places in this amazing country. This time I am going to Qaanaaq - the extreme north of Greenland.
@natgeo #Greenland #Arctic #seaice #north #journey


“Hurry up, I’m late.” A girl sits on a boda boda that’s negotiating the rush hour in Kampala, Uganda, where I’ve started work on a story called rising Africa. I’m currently in Rwanda on an assignment for @natgeo. #rising #Africa #onassignment #bodaboda


Sunny weekend at home ends... Now I'm already on a way to Rwanda for a @natgeo assignment. Very excited to explore a 'country of a thousand hills' for the first time. Stay tuned. #family #portrait #studio


Testing Leica M10 for the first time and falling in love. 📷⭐️ #LeicaM10 #night #street #portrait #Leica @leica_camera


I met Dragan Stamenov, born in 1959, over coffee in the town of Kratovo. He has been unemployed since 1993, when the sandpaper factory closed down. Since his wife died, he lives alone and has no children. #Macedonia #Kratovo #portrait


The Zastava 750 is a motif frequently encountered in the countries of former Yugoslavia. It is widely known by its nickname “Fićo” or "Fića" in Serbian, Croatian and Bosnian, “Fičo” or “Fičko” in Slovene, and “Fikjo” in Macedonia. In the village of Šhlegovo, I noticed one in a deserted street where I felt as if I had stepped into the past. Fičo was created by Fiat soon after World War II. It was first presented at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show, where it was hailed as the “economic miracle” of post-war Italy. These cars were not only popular and widespread among the people throughout Yugoslavia, they were also used by the police, by emergency services, the army and driving schools, and they competed in races. Nowadays, they can still be seen on the roads of former Yugoslav republics; a couple still exist in Slovenia as well. #zastava750 #fico


I'm always surprised by the sudden burst of energy that I get with each of my trips. I may be feeling uninspired, but then an encounter with a random local suddenly nudges me towards a special kind of flow. I’m so grateful to be able to do what I do, learning the stories of people in places previously unknown to me. We met Ljubica Spasovska on a random Kratovo street. Ljubica has three children and three grandchildren. One of her sons lives in New Jersey, where Ljubica had visited him with her husband four years ago. She has spent all her life toiling the fields and working for a better tomorrow. We wished her to remain as healthy and strong as she was when we met her. #Macedonia #Kratovo #journey #portrait #staystrong


Kratovo is a small picturesque town, one of the regions' living museums in Republic of Macedonia. It lies on the western slopes of Mount Osogovo at an altitude of 600 metres (2,000 ft) above sea level. Having a mild and pleasant climate, it is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. It is famous for its bridges and towers. #Macedonia #Kratovo #landscape #Osogovo #mountain #journey


Meet Dimitar, 67, a farmer from the village of Shlegovo in Macedonia. We met him by chance while he was doing some work around his farm. He said, “Let me show you the groom.” Seconds later he brought out a beautiful buck goat. Dimitar invited us into his house and offered us home-made rakija. He told us his life story, how he got married at 18 and had 3 daughters and 6 grandchildren. They all live in Skopje, the Macedonian capital, but he still lives in his village. He had worked for 22 years as a glass etcher at the Crystal glass factory, however, the factory closed right after the break-up of Yugoslavia. #Macedonia #Shlegovo #onassignment #portrait


These days I’ve been exploring Republic of Macedonia, and with each day I’ve been more impressed by the amazing landscape. This morning, we drove along the Vardar River and stopped at a spot overlooking a railway station. #Macedonia #landscape #onassignment #travel