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Maja Topčagić

My name is Maja Topčagić. I was born in Bihać, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I’m 26 years old and have graduated with a degree in mathematics and computer sciences. I work currently as a freelance photographer and retoucher in Sarajevo. Also I am freelancing for Trevillion Images,, and Stocksy United.

I began taking photos when I was 19 years old and was given my first digital camera. I have never met the person who gave away his camera and sent it to me, but he changed my life. Since then, photography has become my greatest love.

I find inspiration everywhere I go. I imagine moments frozen and captured by the camera. Also, I write down my dreams. Sometimes an idea bumps me in the head, but mostly I find inspiration looking at the world through my eyes. It’s often something interesting, weird and extraordinary. My work is inspired by movies, books, music, videos, ordinary people and conversations too.

The fact is that I do not look at the world like others, I'm a mix of mathematics and art - as others assume. For me, mathematics is an art too. Everything that we see in nature, we can mathematically describe and write using photography. Math and art are soulmates, and using these very natural things for a human being we can describe our world and our mind.

I use the Canon 5D Mark III, Canon 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8 lenses. I use a tripod, natural lightning and a remote control. Sometimes I use portable aluminium reflector. That’s all! Also, I love to experiment with analog/FD lenses, for example Helios 58mm f/2. This is an amazing little lens from Russia, that has crazy circular bokeh, amazing coloring and sharpness.

I edit photographs in excellent Adobe Photoshop CC. Programs for processing photos release a person’s creativity and allow you to be different from others. I love to compose several photos into one, or play with multiple layers. I do a lot of retouching, and I’m used to spending 10 hours or more in front of my computer editing photos.

My motto is 'If you dream about it long enough, it will come true.

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