Author: PrelevicM

The Urak Lawoi Stories #1

I always peak into Urak Lawoi’s homes when we shoot the documentary. You can’t really see much inside their homes, but a few old pale family photographs hanging on the walls and minimal material possessions scattered around. Never paid much attention to it, until a friend of mine said that it might be a good idea if those people could have their own photographs, and this time some nice ones. That's how 'Urak Lawoi Portraits' project was...
March 24, 2019 No Comments

Urak Lawoi - Fishing Beyond The Point Of Return

When someone mentions fishing you must think of Sunday morning, some rods and a few fishing floats dancing in the water while fisherman sips a cup of tea. As you guys might know, there are many ways of fishing, and some of them are downright bad for our oceans, like blast fishing, bottom trawling... and some of them are downright crazy like the way Urak Lawoi (Sea Gypsies, indigenous people of Adang Archipelago ) do it. They use fish traps,...
September 29, 2018 No Comments

The Roy Lua - Floating Boat Ceremony

As I’m walking closer to the place where the Roy Lua Ceremony happens, I can hear the music louder and louder. I start imagining what atmosphere is like. My mind is not wrong.  Small food stands with some local food, children toys and alcohol scatter around a small concrete football field with a dance floor dominating the area. I take a look around and find a place where a skillful craftsman builds the ceremonial boat. I come closer to...
August 14, 2018 No Comments

Amazing Palau And The Mistakes I Made - Part 2

As we let go we are being launched into the blue. Ah sorry, if you haven't read the part one of the story I recommend doing so. Like the previous post, this one is also weaved with mistakes. As we are "flying" away, the ridge disappears really fast and we are preparing for the decompression stop. A few guys appear to be having a deeper decompression stop while I am at 5 meters having a 5 minute one. I notice Sam, my friend, being dragged by...
February 13, 2018 No Comments

How The Fire Almost Swallowed The Entire Phi Phi Island

Tropical paradise that almost became hell As I was making my way to my room I noticed a commotion. As this is the Phi Phi island, home to crazy parties and people who party hard, my first thought was that it had to be a brawl. As people ran I noticed there was a fire starting from a restaurant. At that moment, there was nothing to put out the fire with and when people finally came with fire extinguishers, it was already too late - the fire was...
February 7, 2018 4 Comments

Amazing Palau And The Mistakes I Made

Mistakes Were Made Mistake Number 1 It’s 6AM and I am saying goodbye to my friends in Shenzhen and trying to catch an airplane to Taipei from Hong Kong. I am a traveller, but not a backpacker. The reason is, I have so much equipment that my back could not handle that backpack. Therefore I really don't know why I decided to go to Hong Kong by train. Let’s call that a Mistake number 1. In five minutes I am sweaty and while I'm reaching the...
January 14, 2018 No Comments

First Encounter With Manta Rays

I don't know about you, but my first encounter with manta rays was a special one. Nothing truly special happened on the dive (except for seeing manta rays) but seeing them for first time was exhilarating! In order to properly explain this captivating experience, we would need to go a few years back. Back home, in Serbia, I was sitting with my friends Jovana and Dušan, who introduced me to the world of diving and (underwater) photography. I...
October 22, 2017 No Comments

Story Behind the Photo: Floating On The Blue

Everyone loves to talk a bit about their favorite photos and how they were made and I'm no different. Just a friendly reminder, I don't consider the photo that I'm describing to be one of the best in the world, nor was it published in National Geographic magazine or anything similar. It's just a photo that got a lot of likes and also I happen to love it very much. The photo I'm talking about was made in a place where I got the first time to...
October 1, 2017 No Comments

The Most Unspectacular Favourite Place To Dive

Everyone has their favourite place to dive. Not THE favourite one, but just a normal favourite place, the one that you visit often, the one that you feel like at home. This place, that I'm talking about, why is it my favorite dive site? It's rather close to my home town of Novi Sad. In the morning I can just pack the stuff on my motorbike, go there, set up the camera, make two dives, try to make awesome photos during those dives, chill and...
September 24, 2017 2 Comments

Diving Around Bali and Why You Should Not Miss It

Diving around Bali is probably the most awesome thing you can do if you travel to this beautiful place! Dive sites are beautiful, marine life is teeming with life, a few shipwrecks to see - from 130m ship to a small boat and most of the dive centers are really professional so you will have no problem with that! I had a pleasure to dive with a friend of mine called Branko from Bali Aqua. Diving around Bali is probably the most awesome thing you...
August 9, 2017 No Comments