Jadran Lazic, Mario Romulic, Brezhnev and a Cold Lasko: Thursday Morning in Jelsa

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One cold beer, two world class photographers – morning beer in Jelsa. 

I am learning to appreciate the increasingly rare late mornings at The Office these days. 

There is too much going on, meetings in Hvar, Split, events to be covered all over Central Dalmatia. What happened to the quiet, sedate late morning pint at The Office with friends? Life used to be so simple…

I was delighted to hear my friend and star photographer Mario Romulic was in town. Mario generously donated his pictures to my Hvar guidebook, and it was good to catch up with him over a beer and to discuss a couple of projects on the mainland, of which more soon. 

There was not too much time for relaxation, as the emails kept on coming, and I switched tables to talk to some other Brits with a house in Zavala who wanted to meet. And then the phone rang:

“Come over the square to Pizzeria Toni,” said Mario over teh phone, not five minutes since we had parted. “There is someone I want you to meet.”

And there he was. The legend that is Jadran Lazic, a man I have been wanting to meet for some time. The only photojournalist at the funeral of Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, and the man with the inside story – and pictures – of Jodie Foster’s summer holidays in Zavala some thirty years ago.

“Mario is just one incredible photographer,” he opened, paying tribute to his colleague. A very self-deprecating guy, the conversation flowed, an invitation to talk some more soon, and I hope the chance to visit his home in Zavala and see those Brezhnev and Foster pictures. 

Late morning beers on the square in Jelsa – always full of surprises. 


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