Monday, March 20, 2017

Breaking News: Geography Of Tenderness is here!


Some projects are more precious than others. More emotional.
And above all, more challenging but so worth fighting for.

What started out as a creative journey focused on photographing and documenting abandoned toys quickly became my favourite project FOREVER, YOUR TEDDY BEAR
It took me three years to build it from scratch and after one huge disappointment about a year ago when our documentary series was cancelled due to the everchanging political situation in the country that always affects the television and film industry I decided to put everything on hold. I felt drained and above all sad. 

What I didn't know at that time was the fact that all that terrible luck was actually one of the best things that have ever happened to me and to my project as well. 

Today I am so grateful for that series of events because in the long run they made all this possible. And more.

One night while we were editing BONTON episodes in ZAGREB, I talked to my friend JANJA about some future projects and we touched the fragile subject of Forever, your teddy bear. I have no idea what happend in my mind at that moment but I literally screamed from excitement - we're gonna film them no matter what and make Youtube the broadcasting platform
And then Janja said - it should be called GEOGRAPHY OF TENDERNESS because you want to make it a global project. - I immediately fell in love with the title and decided to rename it. From there on things progressed quite quickly.

I was overexcited and hyped about it.
And so we started planning everything.

This weekend we filmed the first episode and it features my dearest friend BRANKA (who is also the official translator for the entire Geography of tenderness series) and her beloved TRESIREP
I chose her story for the pilot of this documentary series because years ago, when I was just starting out with the idea, she happily said yes to being photographed with her favourite old toy without doubting the project for a second.

I can't wait to show you their story.
I can't wait for you to see it.

Now here comes the best part - YOU can be a part of GEOGRAPHY OF TENDERNESS as well! 

If you have your favourite toy(s) from childhood and would love to share your story no matter how big or small it might be, don't hesitate to let me know through comments, mail (matea.photography@gmail.com) or social media. 

It doesn't matter where you live or in what condition your beloved old childhood toy currently is (the messier it looks, the more loved it was) or even does it exist today - maybe you've somehow lost it over years or something has happened to it - it there's a memory to be shared and story to be told, we're here to capture it.


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  1. Koje divne vijesti! Super vijest za početak tjedna....Tako mi je drago što će ovaj projekt ipak zaživjeti i mislim da je naziv Geography of Tenderness više nego pogođen...plišane igračke su zapravo globalan fenomen...i nešto što nas u ovom svijetu podjela sve na neki način veže.

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    1. Puno ti hvala na podršci i jako mi je drago čuti da ti se sviđa naziv serijala! :)

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  2. Yes, yes, yes!!! SUPER sam uzbudjena za ova i bas sam sretna da ce ovaj projekt zaziviti na jedan novi, malo drugaciji i mozda jos bolji nacin nego sto je to bilo originalno planirano!

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  3. Aw this is so exciting and I can't wait to see the first installment! I don't have an old teddy bear, it's actually a stuffed fox because they were my favourite animal - called 'Foxy' because that was as far as my imagination stretched haha!
    Amy xx
    www.callmeamy.co.uk

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    1. Thanks a lot, dear! Aww I'd love to see your little fox, I bet it's adorable! Who knows, maybe someday it can become a part of the project as well! <3

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    2. If you ever come to England I would love to be part of it! x

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    3. That's so amazing! One of my dreams for this project is to come and film in the UK so I hope that somewhere in the near future we'll be able to do it! Fingers crossed! xx

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  4. Nemaš pojma koliko mi je drago što si uspela da oživiš projekat i da ga možda predstaviš u još boljem svetlu :) Često nismo ni svesni koliko su prepreke i problemi zapravo premaskirane šanse za budućnost, a ti i cela tvoja priča u poslednje vreme su dokaz da se snovi ostvaruju i da ne treba odustajati. Želim ti svu moguću sreću. Nekako vidim i osećam da je to - to! You go girl! <3 <3

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    1. Jao baš ti hvala na podršci, divnim riječima i ohrabrenju, draga moja Tijana, i ja mislim da će na ovaj način biti predstavljen u još boljem svjetlu, zato mi je i drago što se sve ovako odigralo! :)

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  5. Ooh girl this is one of your best ideas yet - and I just adore the title. Geography of Tenderness has a magical ring to it!

    xx

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    1. Aww thank you so much, I'm really glad you like the title and can't wait for you to see the first episode! xx

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  6. Pa Matea moja! Nije kraj dok ja ne kažem da je kraj :) Hahaha! Ma znaš koliko sam ja bila tužna kada su Plišanci bili otkazani i ovakve vijesti su stvarno nešto prekrasno i ne mogu ti opisati koliko mi je drago radi tebe! Znaš da možeš računati i na mene i Fabia (kojeg sam BTW našla baš za ovaj vikend)... :))))

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    1. A draga moja, sve sam ti jučer rekla pa neću ovdje duljiti, ali skačem od sreće što je Fabio ponovno s nama i jedva čekam da ga snimimo nakon svih ovih godina čekanja i nadanja! <3 <3

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