Wow, do we have a treat for you! Enjoy our little gallery of the amazing work of Božan Štambuk, a young photographer from Supetar, whose passion for astronomy and photography, combined, results in pictures we can just spend days looking at! His art brings a new perspective of well or less known cultural treasures of the island Brač, which must be on your to-do list (for inspiration, check out this blog post!).

Night panorama from the peak of the highest Croatian island, Vidova gora 

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He photographed exclusively during the night to showcase the motifs under a new light and to accentuate their mystique. Unfortunately, in a few decades, human expansion and light pollution will most likely make sights such as this impossible. So, he wanted to point out this issue and capture all the wonders of the night sky before they disappear.

Panorama of the night sky above Zlatni rat beach

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Astrophotography was new to me, I’ve studied for months not only the technique but also the movement of stars, moon phases, meteor showers and light pollution and I’ve constantly monitored weather conditions via the satellite. – Božan Štambuk, photographer

Panorama of the night sky and Milky way above the monastery in desert Blaca

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His daily obligations prevented him from exploring the terrain during the daylight, and because of that he never knew what was in store for him, except for complete darkness and unpredictable nature. Adventurous spirit and love for the island led him through unknown and inaccessible terrains so that he could complete his marvelous project, despite sleep deprivation and dangerous animals. But the result was well worth it.

Saint Nicholas’ lighthouse in Pušišća

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Enjoy his art, with short descriptions of what is seen in the pictures!

Movement of stars (star trails) above the sculptures of self-taught stone sculptor Frane Antonijević from Novo Selo_____

This sculptor from Novo Selo in his small ambiental backyard, by the road, offers a really interesting exhibition of his statues, portraits, animals, and other figural compositions in stone, which he carved with undeniable craftsmanship.

Panorama of the night sky and Milky way above the natural phenomenon Koloč

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Two dolomite rocks lean on each other and form a natural arch in the middle of the fertile valley, which formed the given shape due to erosions and other factors. Forces of water and wind, changes in temperature, and influence of the undergrowth’s roots, the valley was shaped in which Koloč stands out as the most resilient rock.

Movement of stars (star trails) above the stone quarry near Donji Humac,

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The stone from island Brač has a special status in architecture, interior and exterior design, construction, and tools. Quality stone has enabled the realization of numerous magnificent buildings such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split, Saint Jacob’s cathedral in Šibenik, Saint Lawrence’s cathedral in Trogir, and more recently the White House in Washington and Parliament buildings in Wien and Budapest. Most prominent Renaissance builders and sculptors such as Juraj Dalmatinac, Andrija Aleši, and Nikola Firentinac did their work in this medium.

Movement of stars (star trails) and moonlight above the Franz Joseph’s bridge

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Stone bridge in Ložišća was built at the top of the Veliki dolac, trough which river Elaphusa (Bretanida) once ran. The bridge over this deep valley which leads from the fields of Ložišća to Vičja bay has been built during the time of Austrian government in the 19th century. This cultural good is a monument of engineering of the 19th century.

Night sky and Milky way above the St. John the Baptist’s church in Osibova bay, Milna, island Brač.

This church was built in the 14th century. The road from Milna to Osibova bay is lead by 14 stations of the Way of the Cross, built as chapels at the beginning of the 18th century. This path leads us to this, although smaller and more modest, Gothic church that stands magnificently atop the cliff.

Sunset and movement of stars (star trails) above the monastery in Blaca desert, Nerežišće, island Brač.

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Blaca desert is an isolated area that stretches over fifty-six hectares at Dragovode, all the way to Blaca bay. Within the desert, named such due to the depravity of natural and other resources, there is a monastery comprised of a church from 17th century, residential and work buildings, and also an observatory and a library. Today this abandoned monastery is a museum „Pustinja Blaca“, one of the most attractive sights on the island.

Night sky and Milky way above Saint Nicholas church atop an abandoned stone quarry (Kruška hill) between Selca and Sumartin, island Brač.

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The church is located on the Kruška hill, right above the stone quarry, between Selca and Sumartin, with a stunning view of east Brač coast. It was built in the 11th century and is one of the most beautiful old Croatian early Romanesque churches. It stands out with its square dome over the central arch, which is a rarity in the early Romanesque architecture, which separates this monument from the usual method of construction of sacred objects in Croatia.

Meteor shower above Saint Rocco’s church, Supetar, island Brač.

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To see more of Božan’s work, check out his Facebook page and enjoy! 😉