New Beginning 2017

Posted: 01/06/2017 in Uncategorized

The time has come when I have to put an end to this blog, or rather go into the new beginnings. Please find more of my work on the links below in red bold letters..but I will update once more for additional links! Love to all and thanks for being a part of my story! Now, I must go… ❤

-Zivot ide samo u jednom pravcu: naprijed. On ne pita mene da li me bole tragovi proslosti, niti me pita o kome zalim. Ne pita ko se igrao sa mojim emocijama, niti pita kajem li se zbog svojih nekih cinova. Nema on vremena da me pita ni za moju bol ni za moju srecu, samo ide, nosi, juri, k’o vjetar, k’o oluja…I tacno, prije sam bez straha koracala u skladu, a sada me vec pomalo plasi njegova brzina. Gdje ode? Ni to ga nije briga jer nema on kad da se osvrce i pita da li sam ja spremna za neko tamo sutra koje me ceka; on samo nosi i nosi me sa sobom htjela ili ne. I time mi govori da je zivot vrijeme i da moram ici tamo gdje treba da budem, da koracam kako bi stigla u to neko daleko sutra, jer svako novo sutra je moja nova sreca. Idi, kaze. Naprijed.

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I dok pisem ovo, zelim da se zahvalim na posjecivanju mog privatnog bloga gdje ste mogli vidjeti djelice mog zivota u proteklih 7 godina. No, dosao je trenutak kada bi trebala zaokruziti i staviti neki kraj na ovo mjesto, ili ipak, otici u novi pocetak. Za sada ovaj blog ce biti arhiva mojih trenutaka, fotografija, ali vise mozete pronaci na dijanaphoto.com ili uskoro na starnici i projektu koji radim nekoliko godina, pa kada bude u punoj funkciji, obavjestit cu vas. Skola fotogarije u Zenici pocinje ovog februara i nastavlja se u junu. Pogledajte nas fejs i svakako se javite na dijana.mumin@gmail.com ili majda-turkic@uiowa.edu u vezi svih pitanja. Uskoro detaljnije i o projektu u Bosni koji radim sa Mr. Kenney za Western Kentucky University…Hvala vam sto ste bili dio mojih prica. Vise detalja, novi blog i gdje da me pratite, ostavit cu ovdje uskoro!

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Sirite ljubav! Zivot je lijep.

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Dad’s Citizenship

Posted: 12/07/2016 in Uncategorized

Today, I was making copies of this document at Staples in order to apply for my Dad’s passport. See, I’m the one in red, the really mad looking one. The attempt to go to Australia in 1995 failed because I didn’t want to leave my Grandma. So in 1997, when this picture was taken, as you see, everyone had theirs at the same time, with the same background. But I, I got mine when they finished all the paperwork, and then just took me one day to have my ‘passport picture’ taken. It was in fact a photo for the admission into the US. My world crashed. And I was mad.

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So back at Staples where I made copies and even some photos, the nice guy said: “You don’t owe me anything. You have been really patient!” You must be kidding…I said. I mean, it did cross my mind how he printed some on the more expensive paper, but I wasn’t going to give him a hard time..so I just waited for the rest of my papers. Then it also made me think that not speaking up people often take advantage of it. But then he proved me wrong! And I was one happy kid! This guy rules! Thank you.

And as you see, things have slightly changed. The roles have reversed: I was the one doing the paperwork, I took a photo of Dad for his passport. And then, I made him go and take his citizenship test, just like him and Mom made me take my photo. And ‘What would have happened if we never came here?’, still crosses my mind. Many things have changed since…but I’m not mad..And I am still the one in red, purposely, and certainly proud and happy. And who wouldn’t be? Dad got his citizenship, and I got free copies to apply for his passport. 😉

Thank you Hilary.

Posted: 11/11/2016 in Uncategorized

I can’t say I was Hillary’s supporter just because she was a democrat or a woman, I wanted more choices. But without a doubt, I was not Trump’s supporter. But now that the whole election sunk in, I thought about what my cousin from Canada said: “This hurts as a woman..” And it does..It wasn’t too long ago women couldn’t even vote. Then I watched Hil speak with such pride after being defeated, and I was reminded of the inner strength us women carry. I was proud.

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Yes, I want to see the new President elect be kind to this land and its people, and see less of how his behavior and horrible words excite others alike to act inappropriately. I wish to see him do good. And all those who voted for him!

And I am sure any country would welcome U.S. citizens now in a heartbeat! But why would anyone leave now and give up on the country here and watch it be in the hands of those that resemble people who once wouldn’t even let us (women) vote and have equal rights? Or those who still segregate..No, I didn’t agree with everything about Hil, but that we must be stronger now is what I felt watching her, and not allow those who suddenly feel empowered to make us feel as if we don’t belong here or wherever we are.

Screen Shot 2016-06-14 at 9.20.17 AM I am beyond proud that we have gotten this far to even have an opportunity to vote for a woman, and I am glad I did. I realized I was expecting a lot when I said I wanted more choices. This powerful woman didn’t run against another woman, and I wonder if we will have an option to vote for one again, especially see one running for President from the opposite leading party?!

Hilary, thank you for you courage, intellect, strength and this historic moment!

Vote, in Bosnian :)

Posted: 10/26/2016 in Uncategorized

So I did a little Bosnian version on TV, encouraging people to vote. Because my hair looks amazing 🙂 in the video, you guys only get few images from the shoot. Maybe, just maybe, I’ll post this video on Friday.

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Kada je Tose Proeski bio u Zenici

Posted: 10/11/2016 in Uncategorized

Pocetkom septembra 2006 godine, drugarice i ja otisle smo na Tosin koncert u Zenici. Pomislila sam da ne nosim aparat kako bi skakale i uzivale… No, moja kolegica je toliko bila zaljubljena u Toseta, a i fotograf u meni jednostavno nije imao mira. Kao ni dusa podijeljena na onu pozitivnu stranu koja kaze da ce biti drugih prilika za ono sto ne stignem danas. Ali ona druga strana progovori ove noci: mozda sutra ipak ne postoji..

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Kada sam dosla na koncert, odma sam napustila, pozvala taxi i otisla do kuce po aparat. Kada sam stigla na koncert, Tose nas je obradovao i obukao Celikov dres. Fotkala sam. A onda, nekako u svoj toj guzvi, u jednom trenu samo se zaustavio i pogledao me. Pogledi su nam se sreli i osjecala sam kao da ga poznajem kao osobu, ne kao pjevaca..Nastavila sam da slikam, a onda mi je i namign’o. Kada sam drugarici ispricala, zeljela je da me baci u rijeku. : )

Svaku noc legnem razmisljajuci o novom sutra, radujem se i pravim nove planove, jer sutra mora da postoji, kaze moja pozitivna strana..

No..ovo je bio Tosin posljednji nastup u BiH i nekih 40 dana poslije je nastradao, 16. oktobra.

Ovo pisem jer sam mnogo sretna da sam bar na tren upoznala ovu dusu, i zato sto mene fotografije Tose u Zenici podsjecaju na mnogo toga: na lijepe trenutke tokom koncerta, na moje pocetne dane fotografa, a ponajvise o zivotu i o nekom sutra za koje ne znamo da li ce doci..a nekada to samo osjetimo..

My Presentation at University of South Florida

Posted: 09/17/2016 in Uncategorized

I’ve had the honor to present once again at the Interdisciplinary School of Global Studies at University of South Florida, but the 4 minute speech in this video is from March this year.

There are a few people I’d like to thank over in Florida: Octavio for being ‘the messenger’, the Tampa Bay Times for being the first ones to publish my story I’m a Refugee, prof. Eric Fiske for inviting me and helping organize the event that was open for public, and Dr. Hiba Abdelwahab, and his is assistant Sajjad Hussain. Dr. Hiba is truly the kindest professor I have ever met. I am so glad our paths have crossed, and as he says:”I do believe in higher power…”

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I spoke in two of his classes, and boy, the second one was challenging! I had a young man from Syria asking all sorts of questions, and speaking in front of political science students very well educated on wars, was different from the past experiences. It was my honor and pleasure, and I am so grateful for meeting the students. I feel like I know them! You guys were amazing, thank you.

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But after every presentation, it is the people I meet. The feedback I receive and the e-mail that arrive days after my speech.

Thank you. ❤

The Life I Imagined in the Sunshine State

Posted: 09/15/2016 in Uncategorized

I drove 12 hours to Florida and I swear I never arrived faster to any place before. I went straight to see my cousin Zorica from Australia who was visiting her daughter in Tampa who is studying at the University of South Florida. Upon my arrival we decided to drive another hour to Orlando with more cool cousins that came to see Zorica. Just before we left Orlando, the Hurricane Hermine began. But it sure didn’t stop me from dancing in the rain…

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I then wanted to go see my friend Octavio I kept in touch for over a year but never met in person. But I had to drop off Zorica at the airport first, she was leaving. Then he called to tell me that he won’t be home, he had an assignment at the airport. But it turned out into a very good coincidence for me because we actually met at the airport for the first time! Then Octavio took me to see what became the most interesting part of Tampa for me, and actually, most interesting place I’ve ever been to: Ybor City.

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Place where first immigrants from Cuba and EU settled in 1907, and today as a symbol chicken are walking around. It is just so funny and lovely! I mean, I went to see them while it was pouring rain! And when I was leaving for KY, I seriously wanted to steal one. : )

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I don’t even know how to sum up my trip..I saw dolphins in the sea..Penguins at the Busch Gardens..and revisited my chicken.

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And this was my fave coffee place, the Bunker. That’s my tank in front. : )

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This is Adriana, Octavio’s beautiful and amazing daughter.

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This is during the USF football game I was shooting with the Tampa Bay Times, and I believe this was my best shot. : )

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And this is the gang. Ed went to WKU with me and I haven’t seen him in a decade. Will edited my work for the Tampa Bay Times, and both happen to be good friends of Octavio.

Then I met Ana Muminovic and Dragana Mrvos who came to my presentation with her boyfriend.

Then we drove to Smyrna to see Richard and Sammye. Richard’s father had passed away.

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And this man in the middle, the most generous, kind and with a soul I absolutely love, Prof. Dr. Hiba Abdelwahab from Tunis. Peacemaker. Professor. A humble human being who made my trip to campus and his classes such a memorable experience. This is Sajjad Hussain, his assistant who watched all three of my presentations. Sorrrryyyy. : ) But probably they left the biggest mark on me on this trip..Thank you. And of course thanks to USF, Eric Fiske, School of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, and Octavio for being my ‘messenger’ as he calls it for organizing this event.

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This is my buddy Nikola Tesla in Saint Petersburg.

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And the beach…

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My last day there, I was writing a message for my friends, when a guy appeared next to me asking if I wrote the other message [not visible in the photo because they sat in front of it], and what it meant. I had to do a bit of explaining: “You know…there is this city in my country and we joke about “this is how we imagined life..” and that “there’s no better place…” I mumbled something…I received a biggg hug and so to say, life happens in a moment, and I absolutely loved every bit of this moment! So beautiful that ‘a life as a imagined’ actually happened as I was writing those same words..: )

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Love.