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.

Zagreb, 090111.
Dolac.
Gospodja ovom neuobicajenom gestom izrazava zahvalnost za uspjesan radni dan.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / Cropix
Zagreb, 090111.
An old lady kissing the statue on the Dolac market.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
*this was the first photo I’ve ever sent to the Cropix photo agency

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.

Zagreb, 100911.
Na glavnom zagrebackom trgu odrzan je performans u nesvakidasnjem sastavu – duet covjeka i bagera. Francuska plesna skupina Beau Geste izvela je ples pod nazivom Transports Exceptionnels.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 100911.
French dance group organized a performance called Transports Exceptionnels.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
*this photo was selected in the Croatian daily newspapers Jutarnji list as one of the best photos in 2011

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.

Zagreb, 030714.
U zagrebackoj Areni odrzavaju se dvije predstave velikog automobilistickog spektakla Top Gear Live, koji se temelji na kultnoj BBC-jevoj seriji voditelja Jeremya Clarksona, Richard Hammonda i James Maya. Show vec pet godina putuje svijetom, svake godine potrebno je 135 tegljaca, 3 broda, transportni avion, 94 automobila te vise od 150 pari guma da bi se odrzao.
Na fotografiji: voditelji James May, Richard Hammond i Jeremy Clarkson.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 030714.
Top Gear Live crew have visited Zagreb back in 2014 and performed in front of the Croatian audience.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 010515.
Park Maksimir.
Praznik rada i ove se godine u Zagrebu obiljezava prigodnim programom u Maksimiru, uz tradicionalno, besplatan grah i karanfile koje je gradjanima djelio gradonacelnik Milan Bandic.
Na fotografiji: Milan Bandic s mazoretkinjama.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb. 010515.
Zagreb’s mayor Milan Bandic on Labor day in the Park Maksimir.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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!

Zagreb, 041213.
Maksimirska ulica.
Prva cetvrtfinalna utakmica hrvatskog kupa izmedju GNK Dinamo Zagreb i HNK Hajduk Split.
Na fotografiji: dolazak Torcide na stadion.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 041213.
HNK Hajduk Split fans Torcida coming to the Maksimir stadium beneath the north stand (where are Bad Blue Boys usually located).
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 050212.
Klizaliste na Salati.
Winter Classic.
Susret 7. kola drugog kruga EBEL lige izmedju Medvescaka i KAC-a.
Na fotografiji: pogodak Medvescaka.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 050212.
Winter Classic, hockey match between Medvescak and Kac.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 150715.
Stadion Maksimir.
Prva utakmica 2. pretkola Lige Prvaka izmedju GNK DInamo Zagreb i Fole Esch.
Na fotografiji: Marko Pjaca (Dinamo).
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 150715.
Champions League qualifications – GNK Dinamo Zagreb against Fola Esch.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
*this photo was on the front page of the Croatian daily spors newspapers Sportske novosti for a couple of times, aswell as three more photos from the same match

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…

Zagreb, 050614.
KRizanje Grahorove i Ulice grada Mainza.
Radovi na podrucju nekadasnje tvornice Sevcik.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 050614.
Small house remains still after the building that was around it was taken down.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 081216.
Medvednica.
Dok je cijeli grad bio pod niskom naoblakom i na temperaturi od -3, Medvednica je cijeli dan okupana suncem koje ju je ugrijalo na +11 stupnjeva.
Na fotografiji: grad prekriven gustim slojem magle.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 081216.
Zagreb covered with fog with only Medvedgrad above it.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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, 110113.
Podsused.
Sest minuta iza ponoci doslo je do eksplozije bombe na raskrizju Aleje Bologne i Gospodske ulice.
Na fotografiji: detalj sa mjesta eksplozije.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 110113.
Crime scene after a bomb explosion in the west part of the city.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
*this was my first ever photo that was published on the front page of the Croatian daily newspapers Jutarnji list

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.

Pariz, Francuska, 270912.
U Parizu se od 29.09. do 14.10. odrzava Paris Auto Show, koji uz show u Frankfurtu, Zenevi i Tokiju glasi za jedan od najvecih sajmova na svijetu.
Na fotografiji: izlozbeni prostor Ferrarija.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Paris, 270912.
Paris Motor Show 2012.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 120613.
Dvostruki svjetski prvak u formuli 1 Mika Hakkinen predstavio je kampanju Join the Pact koju je osmislila tvrtka Diadeo kako bi potaknula potrosace da se obvezu da nikada nece piti dok voze. Voznju po zatvorenoj dionici ceste u Radnickoj ulici predstavljen je i super bolid Caparo T1.
Na fotografiji: Mika Hakkinen.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 120613.
Double F1 world champion Mika Hakkinen visited Zagreb within the campain Join the Pact.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 120715.
Maksimirska ulica.
U 16:30 pripadnici Bad Blue Boysa okupili su se na Kvaternikovom trgu s kojeg su se u korteu (povorci) uputili prema Dinamovom stadionu u Maksimiru na kojemu ce nakon pet godina ponovo navijati sa sjeverne tribine.
Na fotografiji: povorka navijaca se krece Maksimirskom ulicom prema stadionu.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 120715.
Dinamo Zagreb fans, Bad Blue Boys, protesting against coruption in Croatian football federation and in their own club. After five years of boycott, they’ve returned to the stadium.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 130512.
Dom sportova.
U Domu sportova odrzano je Europsko prvenstvo za muskarce i zene u bodybuildingu. U subotu su odrzana polufinala, a u nedjelju finale.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 130512.
European bodybuilding championship.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Zagreb, 290713.
Maksimirska ulica kod stadiona GNK Dinamo.
Danas oko 18h jak vjetar srusio je drvo sa strane Maksimira koje je poprijecilo put automobilima i tramvajima. Na teren su izasli vatrogasci koji uklanjaju drvo te djelatnici ZET-a koji otklanjaju kvar nastao padom travaja na zicu.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 290713.
Fireman removing the tree from the Maksimirska Street after a huge storm.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
*this photo was published on the front page of the Croatian daily newspapers Jutarnji list

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!

Zagreb, 161013.
Ravnice.
Na zagrebackom kvartu Ravnice prije tjedan dana osvanula je saljiva naljepnica na semaforu kod krizanja Augustinciceve i Hondlove ulice. Nepoznati autor je zalijepio naljepnicu preko zelenog svjetla tako da umjesto standardnog svjetla, zeleno svjetlo je u obliku lista marihuane.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 161013.
Someone taped over the traffic light so it could looked like a marijuana leaf.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Pariz, Francuska, 280912.
U Parizu se od 29.09. do 14.10. odrzava Paris Auto Show, koji uz show u Frankfurtu, Zenevi i Tokiju glasi za jedan od najvecih sajmova na svijetu. Vecina proizvodjaca predstavljala je mnoge koncepte koji su pokazatelji dizajnerskih i tehnoloskih smjernica tvrtke, a vecina koncepata su bili hibridi i “cistokrvni” automobili na struju.
Na fotografiji: francuski predsjednik, François Hollande, posjetio je pariski auto sajam, a posebnu pozornost posvetio je francuskim proizvodjacima: Citroenu, Peugeotu i Renaultu.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Paris, 280912.
French president, Francois Hollande, visiting the Paris Motor Show 2012.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Mladina, Zagreb, 260212.
SRC Mladina.
Nogometna utakmica 16.kola 2.HNL izmedju NK Vinogradar i NK Mosor.
Na slici: semafor na stadionu Vinogradara i u pozadini vinogradi.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Mladina, Zagreb, 260212.
Scoreboard and vineyard behind it during a match between Vinogradar (vineyard) and Mosor.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 220313.
Maksimirska ulica.
Kvalifikacijska utakmica za Svjetsko prvenstvo u Brazilu, 2014. godine, izmedju reprezentacija Hrvatske i Srbije.
Vec par sati prije otvaranja stadiona, uoci utakmice Hrvatska-Srbija, podrucje oko stadiona je bilo puno navijaca obojano u hrvatske boje. Sto se vise priblizavao pocetak utakmice, atmosfera je bila sve uzarenija.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 220313.
Atmosphere before the football match between Croatia and Serbia.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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…).

Zagreb, 220514.
Stadion Maksimir.
Trening Hrvatske nogometne reprezentacije u sklopu priprema za Svjetsko prvenstvo u Brazilu koje pocinje u lipnju u ove godine.
Na fotografiji: Sammir.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Zagreb, 220514.
Sammir on the training of the Croatian national team.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Cepin, Osijek, 240813.
Cepinski aerodrom.
Na cepinskom aerodromu ovaj vikend odrzava se natjecanje pod nazivom King of Europe u kojem se natjecatelji natjecu u disciplini drift. Drift predstavlja kontrolirano proklizavanje zadnjim krajem automobila kroz zavoj. Na ovogodisnjem King of Europe pojavili su se jedni od najboljih driftera u Europi, pa tako i oni iz Hrvatske i regije.
Foto: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX
Osijek, 240813.
King of Europe in Cepin, near Osijek.
Photo: Ivan Klindic / CROPIX

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.

Thank you so much!

Ivan

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