I am now skipping several stages in his illustrious career, in Jugoslavia, Switzerland and then the UK, but he managed to combine both passions when he was appointed to work at Kew Gardens. He wowed us with his simple, strong graphic images of plants and bits of plants and flowers, sometimes presented singly, sometimes in a triptych and sometimes blown up into enormous prints which beautifully illustrated their amazing structure and colour.
Milan says he loves plants - and he loves people too and when he retired, he developed his own projects, seeking to to show that of beauty in everyone. This was the basis for the 100 Faces of London and we were fascinated by the details he shared about how he recruited his models, how he arranged the sittings, how he only used one background, one lens and one light to create a unity for the exhibition. A big book of those images is in the British Library now. In 'Outsiders in London,' he freed up himself and his models slightly, so that he could respond to their story more appropriately.
Milan finished by asking us to co-operate in his next project ' Londoners at Home’, which he hopes will evolve into a kaleidoscopic tableau of the way we Londoners live now(his emphasis). Please do look at Milan’s work: www.MilanSvanderlik.Photography
During the break, the Tiger Trophy was awarded to Jean Jameson, for her winning image of two peas in a pod, in the October Flickr Pick of the Week competition on the theme of ‘Two of a kind’. Her chosen theme for November is ‘Rubbish! (with or without the exclamation mark).