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

Preview of Story on Traditional Carnival Figures for National Geographic Slovenia by Tadej Znidarcic

In February I worked on a story about Slovene traditional carnival figures, called kurenti or koranti for the Slovene edition of National Geographic. Koranti are figures dating back centuries, appearing usually in February or March. They might look scary, but their role has always been to chase away the winter and announce new life coming in spring. I visited several events. There was big celebration with hundreds of koranti in Ptuj, and there were small groups of six koranti going from house to house, bringing joy and good new year. The smaller events were more intimate and fun and every house offered us food and drinks - wine and harder stuff...... :)

Here are some outtakes (the story will be published next year):

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

The celebrations kicked off at midnight on February 2nd with an event called 'Korant's jump'. Hundreds of koranti came to run and jump around a huge bonfire. They were not wearing the head mask yet.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Few days later Fasenk, a traditional celebration in Zabovci, was held. The mood was festive from the get-go.

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

Korant during Fasenk in Zabovci. Koranti jump and twist, and cow-bells ring. It's a loud celebration!

#kurenti #koranti #carnival #Slovenia #Zabovci #Markovci #Ptuj

Living with Polio in Nigeria on Edge of Humanity Magazine by Tadej Znidarcic

Nigeria recently marked two years without a new case of wild poliovirus. That's an immense achievement for a country that as recently as in 2008 reported the most new polio cases in the world. By coincidence, Edge of Humanity Magazine just now published my work on living with polio in northern Nigeria. I'm glad to have met and worked with some of the resilient victims of this disease, and to have contributed to the awareness of the fight against polio. The number of new cases of polio has plummeted worldwide and it looks the war on polio might be finally coming to an end. WHO predicts polio might be wiped out by the end of 2016. It would be only the second time that humanity eradicated a once widespread disease (first was smallpox). Hopefully the day without polio comes soon!

#polio #Nigeria #tricycle #poliovictim

#polio #Nigeria #tricycle #poliovictim