B&WEuropeStory9 years, 9 months by Dejan Mijović

My wife and I were trying to conceive our first child for more than 9 years. I had an accident 10 years ago and ended up quadriplegic.

My wife and I were trying to conceive our first child for more than 9 years.

I had an accident 10 years ago and ended up quadriplegic. Because of my disability we had to go to clicic for artificial insemination soon after I left rehabilitation centre. Since than we had 13 unsuccessful attempts and abortion. This long journey was our biggest test because we had to go through rollercoaster of emotional, psychological and financial problems. But at the end of our journey full of ups and downs our biggest wish came true. We now have 1 months old son.

While the infertility is not a disease, it and its treatment can affect all aspects of people’s lives, which can cause various psychological-emotional disorders or consequences including turmoil, frustration, depression, anxiety, hopelessness, guilt, and feelings of worthlessness in life. 

About Dejan Mijović

Freelance photography journalist Dejan Mijović, born on 18 September 1976 and based in Sevnica, is assistant photo editor of the biggest daily newspaper in Slovenia Delo.si web portal. He graduated in photography from the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering with the graduation thesis entitled The Psychological and Visual Effects of Diverse Layouts of Exhibited Photographs.

Mijović has been involved in photography for the past 20 years, ever since undertaking studies of graphic technology at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering. As a photographer, Mijović worked in various contexts, serving, among others, as the official photographer on the Navigator of the Seas passenger ship, contributing to various media, including Jana, Ona, Mladina, STA and Žurnal, and receiving diverse photography commissions.

In 2010, Mijović sustained an injury and was left completely paralysed from the neck down. Through amazing luck, strong willpower and lengthy rehabilitation, and driven by his as yet unfulfilled desire to pursue photography, the tetraplegic was back in the saddle, and has since held several one-man shows and participated in a number of group exhibitions in Slovenia and abroad. Recently, he has been polishing his photography skills with Klavdij Sluban, a French photographer of Slovenian descent based in Paris.

Mijović’s great flair for composition and light contrasts renders his portraits of random individuals far more than simply frozen moments in time but, rather, perceptive accounts of their life stories.

His black-and-white photographs, a preoccupation of recent years, aim to capture diverse moods of his closest and long-standing friends also in their most intimate moments. He has received some major awards, most notably Third Prize at the 2014–15 NIKON Photo Contest. [Official Website]

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