So, somewhere around 2008/2009, soon after I started taking photos a bit more seriously, I started checking out photos made by photographers from the photo agency Cropix. Those images are all around the website since they are a photo service for one of the biggest newspapers and websites in Croatia (Jutarnji list, Sportske novosti, Slobodna Dalmacija, Auto Klub, etc…). I was always wondering how cool it would be that one day my name appears in those newspapers saying: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX.
Small info: I made a selection of my favorite photos I took for Cropix (well, there are more than 4.000 of those in their archive, so there may be better ones, but I decided to publish these), and you’ll be able to see those in this article.
Back in 2010, I started attending Algebra university where, somewhere in September 2010, got a degree that says that I’m a Specialist in digital photography and post processing. During that period, I was involved in photography very much. I was photographing football matches, got published on Reuters, CNN, BBC, and a couple of more worldwide news agencies.
But, somewhere in October that same year, I heard that Cropix is looking for someone who would work on their desk (desk operator). At first, I thought that was a bit too much for me (that would be a huge mistake), so I decided that I wouldn’t apply for that job. Thirty minutes later, another source called me and said that they’ve heard about that job and that I should apply for it. That was a sign for me since those two sources were totally unrelated. That was the moment I realized that you CAN’T be intimidated by these things and that you ALWAYS need to accept challenges that are in front of you.
That same day I applied and set up a meeting. Soon after, I went there and I was so excited that I was in the offices of a photo agency where I wanted to work for a really long time! It wasn’t a position I would like to do (photojournalist), but a desk operator as I mentioned. I knew that wouldn’t be a big problem for me since that would give me a huge chance to enter that world I would like to be apart of.
After a couple of weeks of training, they said that they want me to start working there. So, officially, on December 1st, 2010, I got a job! It was my first real job so I was so excited!
I was replacing a female colleague who was on a puerperal, and that was supposed to last for one year. After that year, another colleague went on a puerperal, so I got another contract.
During the first years in Cropix, I was doing my main job (desk operator), and I used to go on a field and work as a photojournalist also. That lasted for a couple of years (it ended somewhere around 2013/2014) because it was too much for me to work two jobs.
In the beginning of this text, I mentioned that I had a dream that my name would be published in one of those newspapers, and during these seven years, I got published MANY times, including a couple of front pages of Jutarnji list, Sportske novosti (I even had a couple of front pages 4-5 days in a row), Slobodna Dalmacija, etc…
During this seven year period, I’ve always worked in my spare time. I always wanted to make new content and enjoy photography because I wasn’t happy with the desk job. Sitting down for 7 hours was killing me. So, in August 2016, I launched a website called Lice Grada. Lice Grada (the face of the city) was supposed to be a blog/website about Zagreb. I wanted to make something completely new and something that doesn’t exist in Croatia. I decided that I’m not going to check out other blog/websites and copy any of those, I just wanted to make something completely from scratch and on my own.
Lice Grada grew so much in the last year and three months! The website is doing so good, as well as social networks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), and also I have two very amazing people writing for that platform – which makes me so happy! Because of that, I was contacted by a journalist from zagreb.info who wanted to do an interview with me about Lice Grada. That was in February 2017.
Zagreb.info is the biggest website about Zagreb, so I was really happy and it felt really good. I knew I did a good job with Lice Grada because people wanted to hear more about it. I did one more interview about my website for another media, but that’s another story.
I was still working for Cropix, and all of my spare time was dedicated to this website, Lice Grada (mostly) and my website WhyZagreb? (launched on July 1st 2017). But, seven months after my interview for zagreb.info, I heard that they are looking for a photographer, so I got interested. That was just days before my vacation in Sweden.
We arranged to meet and soon after, I was offered a job. I can’t describe how happy I was! I finally got a chance to work something I have loved for so long! That was proof that it’s worth working on something in your spare time. Nobody will notice you if you don’t try your best or you don’t put out your work. In the last couple of months, I was wondering what do people do after they finish with their job for a day? I didn’t know the answer because I was working 0-24, without any exceptions. I was living Lice Grada for the last 15 months (and I still do), and now I got a chance to do the job I love all the time, without sitting in a office 7 hours per day.
I’m so lucky I had a chance to work in the biggest Croatian agency for seven years. I learned so much that I cannot even explain! I’ve seen millions of photos, edited millions of photos and learned how the photo agency works. The experience I got in the last seven years is priceless. But, before I let you see the rest of the images I got prepared, I want to share two very important things I would like you to keep in mind.
DON’T BE AFRAID: I almost decided not to apply for Cropix back in 2010 because I was thinking that it was a bit too much for me. But, why?! I don’t know. Probably the lack of experience and the fear of unknown. DON’T DO IT!! A couple of years later, I got an offer from UEFA to photograph for them. At first, I was scared, but I remembered how I almost decided not to apply for a job in Cropix and how it would be so stupid, so I agreed with UEFA and did three matches for them. Later, they called me two or three times more and I did a great job for them. DON’T BE AFRAID, EXPERIENCE UNKNOWN!
DON’T BE LAZY: During the last seven years, especially the last 2-3, I was working my ass off trying to succeed on my own. Making content outside the work hours was like a therapy for me. It was very difficult for me to sit seven hours and do the boring job (that job isn’s that much boring, but when you want to work something else, even the best job in the world can be boring and unsatisfying). I tried to find another job, but I was a bit lazy when it comes to search for a different job, so it didn’t end so well for me.
So, I decided to create my own platform where I could express myself, so the blog/website Lice Grada was born. If you’re sitting home and trying to get noticed – it won’t happen. You have to work your ass off and it still won’t happen that easy. I’m not the smartest person who’s trying to tell you something that you already know, I just want to say that it’s worth working 0-24 if you want to succeed. Especially if you love what you’re working. As the Nike brand says: JUST DO IT (I know it sounds lame, but it worked for me…).
Ok, this post is already longer that I expected it to be… For the end, I just want to say a couple of things. I’m thankful for Cropix and all the people I met there, and I’m really excited for my new job. I’m a bit nervous because I’m leaving a job after seven years and I’m going somewhere where I need to start all over, but on the other hand, I’m so pumped and I can’t wait to start and show what I’m capable of.