Peter Waswa's Olympic Dreams on Lenovo's blog by Tadej Znidarcic

I've known and photographed Ugandan inline skaters for years. Now that I'm in NY, I'm still in touch with them and follow their successes and challenges. In December I met the skaters again and photographed their coach Peter Waswa at practice, at work and at home. Through ViewFind, a story-telling platform I collaborate with, Gavin O'Hara, Global Social Media Publisher at Lenovo, learned about Peter's story. He wrote a beautiful piece about Peter and his dreams that was now published on Lenovo's blog.

I'll continue following Peter and his teammates and I hope their Olympic dreams will come true!

Peter walks in his neighbourhood that overlooks the stadium.

Peter walks in his neighbourhood that overlooks the stadium.

In his father's factory, Peter and other workers make tar paper used in construction.

In his father's factory, Peter and other workers make tar paper used in construction.

Peter cleans his skates at home. His sister and niece got involved, too.

Peter cleans his skates at home. His sister and niece got involved, too.

Peter prepares for practice at Mandela National Stadium.

Peter prepares for practice at Mandela National Stadium.

Peter and teammates practice at Mandela National Stadium.

Peter and teammates practice at Mandela National Stadium.

Peter helps a young skater at Mandela National Stadium.

Peter helps a young skater at Mandela National Stadium.

Kurenti for National Geographic by Tadej Znidarcic

In March issue of National Geographic Slovenia the story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti was published. Koranti date back centuries and the article shines light on their history and modern interpretations. Festivities involving koranti are among the largest in Slovenia, and definitely among the loudest and wildest! The article features also photographs by Arne Hodalic, a legendary Slovene photographer, who captured koranti in snowy conditions. Last year, when I was photographing the events, snow had been long gone... Either climate change is shortening the winters or koranti have been too effective in chasing away the winter!

Kurenti, accompanied by devils, on the road in northeastern Slovenia (opening image by Arne Hodalic)

Kurenti, accompanied by devils, on the road in northeastern Slovenia (opening image by Arne Hodalic)

The making of korant costumes in Marko Klinc's workshop in Spuhlja.

The making of korant costumes in Marko Klinc's workshop in Spuhlja.

Festivities in Ptuj.

Festivities in Ptuj.

Fasenk - traditional celebration in villages of Markovci and Zabovci. Koranti dance, run, jump and visit homesteads where they're served food and drinks (alcoholic, of course!). [right image by Arne Hodalic]

Fasenk - traditional celebration in villages of Markovci and Zabovci. Koranti dance, run, jump and visit homesteads where they're served food and drinks (alcoholic, of course!). [right image by Arne Hodalic]

On the last day of the Carnival festivities, a dummy representing the Carnival is burned.

On the last day of the Carnival festivities, a dummy representing the Carnival is burned.

#Slovenia #kurent #Ptuj #fasenk #korant

The Other Hundred Educators book by Tadej Znidarcic

Recently my work on e-learning in Rwanda was selected for The Other Hundred Educators book. The Other Hundred is an initiative that brings together 100 thematic stories from all over the world. They publish stories in books that are informative, illuminating and beautifully shot. The last edition gathered pieces about inspiring educators and education initiatives, and I'm glad e-learning in Rwanda is one of the projects featured. 

The New Jewish Home, Magazine by Tadej Znidarcic

Lately, I've been working with The New Jewish Home, a nursing home with facilities in Manhattan, Bronx and Westchester County in NY. We're building their image library with images of staff, residents and various activities. I'm looking for spontaneous moments that are unfolding around me. It's been an enriching experience; seeing nursing home not as soulless facility, but as a family-like place where elderly spend their time actively and where staff and residents constantly interact.  

Some of the images have been published in Magazine, a publication that The New Jewish Home produces bi-annually. The article below describes small houses, a novel concept of living in nursing homes where bedrooms, a living room, dinning area and a kitchen form a house-like unit. It creates a very homely experience for the residents.

#nursinghome #NewYork #elderly #greenhouse

Uganda, catching up with skaters by Tadej Znidarcic

I was recently in Uganda for a short trip. It's always great to see old friends, especially after a way too long absence! On a Saturday afternoon I visited my skating friends at Mandela National Stadium on the outskirts of Kampala. These guys and girls still have speed! And ambitious plans for the future - they want to send a skater to the next winter Olympics. I'll follow their progress next year!

Featured on UNICEF Australia by Tadej Znidarcic

UNICEF Australia recently featured one of my photos in a story about different classrooms around the world. It's a great collection that shows the variety of places children learn in. I love their dedication and sparks in their eyes!

http://www.unicef.org.au/blog/july-2016/where-children-learn-photos-classrooms-around-world

My picture is from western Uganda. I spent a day with one of the pupils. When we came to the school I was taken aback by the number of kids. I think there were almost 150 kids in that classroom. But they were all eager to learn and the teacher did his best to engage them.

#Uganda #classroom #school #learning #pupils #elementaryschool