Luka Gorjup | photographer's blog

Luka Gorjup | photographer's blog




Starec in klop / Old man and the bench

Vasilije je gospod star 74 let. Prijeten in nasmejan, na trenutke izredno tih, včasih pa zgovoren. Atletiko trenira že skoraj celo življenje… Včasih je bil šprinter, kot veteran pa trenera suvanje krogle in met diska. Pred kar nekaj leti sva se spoznala na atletskem štadionu ŽAK v Ljubljani, kjer smo dostikrat skupaj trenerali. Vedno me je nasmejal s pripovedmi in dogodivščinami iz mladosti. Poleg metalskih disciplin, pa Vasko še vedno redno dviguje uteži, zato se je odločil dokazati na tekmovanju v potisku s klopi, oz. benchpressu. Iz velikega spoštovanja, ki ga gojim do njega, sem ga na dan tekmovanja spremljal in mu naredil eno majhno fotozgodbo. Poimenoval sem jo “Starec in klop”. Starec zato, ker sem na tekmovanju pogosto opazil nekoliko posmehljive poglede mladih tekmovalcev, češ, “Kaj pa ta stari tukaj dela?” in “Poglejga dedka, a se je izgubil?!”. Vasko je bil tisti dan najstarejši tekmovalec, tekmovanje pa je zaključil na prvem mestu, saj je z dvigom 130 kg in starostnim faktorjem premagal veliko mlajše in močnejše tekmece. Lahko bi rekel, da je Starec in klop nekakšna rahlo romantična zgodba s srečnim koncem o gospodu, ki si je hotel dokazati, da še zmore.

Vasilije is a 74 year old gentleman. Pleasant, cheerful, quiet, but yet very talkative, when he’s in the mood. He’s been an athlete since for almost all his life… Used to sprint, but as a veteran, he trains shotput and discus. We met quite a few years ago on the field of ŽAK Ljubljana stadium, where we had some training sessions together and he frequently cheered me up with lots of his interesting and witty athletic stories from way back. In addition to throwing, he also still does lots of weightlifting, so he decided to compete in benchpress national championship. As a sign of respect, I offered to accompany him on the competition day and make him a short photo story. I titled it “Old man and the bench”. I don’t mean any disrespect with calling him an old man. Quite the opposite; At the competition, I heard many remarks from young competitors about him, like “Look at that old man!” and “What is that old man doing here?! Do yo think he’s lost?”. Vasko was the oldest competitior and he finished in first place with 130 kg lift (please remember he is 74 years old!) and with his age factor, he won against all the young lifters. I guess I could say that the “Old man and the bench” is a slightly romantic story with a happy end about a gentleman who wanted to prove himself he can do it for one more time.

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Do naslednjič,
Luka

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