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article imagePhoto Essay: Baranja, Croatia through the lens of Mario Romulic

By Paul Bradbury     Dec 11, 2014 in Travel
Beli Manastir - The small region of Baranja is North-East Croatia is one of its most traditional and enchanting. Famous photographer Mario Romulic guides Digital Journal through its magic.
As part of its coverage of the Osijek wine and chocolate festivals, Digital Journal visited the small region of Baranja, close to the Hungarian border on December 8, 2014, in the company of local resident and celebrated photographer Mario Romulic.
Romulic, together with his partner Drazen Stojcic, is one of the best-known photographers in the region, and an exhibition of his work toured the capitals of Europe as part of Croatia's EU accession, as previously reported on by Digital Journal. The Osijek duo are also credited with what many in the national press called the best promotion of Croatia with their Timelapse Croatia release in 2012 (see below).
The Croatian region of Baranja has strong Hungarian roots and is less than half the size of its counterpart over the border, Baranya. Further separated by the rivers Drava and Danube, Baranya begins across the river from the Slavonian city of Osijek, crossing the river Drava, which is growing in importance as a Danube river cruise destination.
Crossing the river brings one to a totally different world - of tradition, wine, gastronomy and the spectacular nature reserve of Kopacki Rit, a journey best described through the lens of Romulic.
A red deer wanders in Kopacki Rit.
A red deer wanders in Kopacki Rit.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Eagles are among the many species to be found on the Kopacki Rit Nature Reserve.
Eagles are among the many species to be found on the Kopacki Rit Nature Reserve.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The marshy nature reserve of Kopacki Rit.
The marshy nature reserve of Kopacki Rit.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The paprika harvest in Baranja  where one village holds an annual paprika festival.
The paprika harvest in Baranja, where one village holds an annual paprika festival.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Paprika is one of the most important ingredients in the local cuisine.
Paprika is one of the most important ingredients in the local cuisine.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Agriculture plays an important part in the Baranja economy.
Agriculture plays an important part in the Baranja economy.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The low  flat expanses of Baranja.
The low, flat expanses of Baranja.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Local fish prepared in the traditional way.
Local fish prepared in the traditional way.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Although meat dominates the diet  river fish are an important source of food. The Drava and Danube r...
Although meat dominates the diet, river fish are an important source of food. The Drava and Danube rivers run through the region.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Baranja  a region of unspoilt nature.
Baranja, a region of unspoilt nature.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Preparing the meat in a typical Baranja village.
Preparing the meat in a typical Baranja village.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Traditional dress for pig slaughtering.
Traditional dress for pig slaughtering.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Tools for pig slaughtering.
Tools for pig slaughtering.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Traditional pig slaughering.
Traditional pig slaughering.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Food preparation in Baranja.
Food preparation in Baranja.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Almost all parts of the pig are eaten. Here the liver and parts of the stomach.
Almost all parts of the pig are eaten. Here the liver and parts of the stomach.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
 Slavonian chips  or Cvarci (pronounced  chvartsi )  fried pig fat.
'Slavonian chips' or Cvarci (pronounced 'chvartsi'), fried pig fat.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Preparing kulen  one of the most famous delicacies in the region.
Preparing kulen, one of the most famous delicacies in the region.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
A typical Baranja house in Karanac.
A typical Baranja house in Karanac.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The majestic Belje cellars.
The majestic Belje cellars.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The expansive Belje vineyards under a blanket of snow.
The expansive Belje vineyards under a blanket of snow.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Baranja is one of Croatia s most exciting wine regions. Here  the Kolar winery.
Baranja is one of Croatia's most exciting wine regions. Here, the Kolar winery.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
The vineyards of the Belje winery.
The vineyards of the Belje winery.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
Agro-tourism is a large potential growth area for Baranja. The eco-ethno village of Karanac.
Agro-tourism is a large potential growth area for Baranja. The eco-ethno village of Karanac.
@ Romulic and Stojcic
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