Recently I stumbled across a stunning photographic series by Anja Humljan, titled Urban Yoga. In this series she looks at how the human body can manipulate itself into the most beautiful forms and if you place these forms against the harsh cold background of the city, then you have something truly spectacular.
I caught up with Anja on her work and her latest book, Urban Yoga, which is all about this incredible series.
What do you love about photography and your job?
I am exploring the magic of space that centres on human experience, inspiring others to look at the world around them in a more meaningful way: re-examining how their bodies inhabit urban places, breathing new human-oriented life into the efficient and industrial world of urban architecture and design. The role of an architect is not only to build structures, but also to build bridges between our respected field and the citizens who use our structures on a daily basis. I am doing this with The Urban Yoga. It is not yoga as such, but an architectural experiment, a movement changing the way we experience everyday situations if we focus on our body and senses. It is inviting citizens to smell, touch, taste, see and hear in order to experience, how does their city feel. Thus, it is challenging architects to design architecture that is not only visually and technologically stunning, but is designed with humans in mind. Therefore, the word yoga in the name of the project: Just like in yoga, where your body becomes your special space, every urban environment designed with humans in mind can become a source of positive energy, a place of self-reflection and self-realization. A place that brings you back to the world and towards your own sense of being.
Image: New York - Jaka Vinsek