Travel: The Trumpet Festival, Serbia

Text_Photos:  Aleksandra Karpowicz


Guča – a small town in Central Serbia with a population of just over 2,000 people. Once a year this sleepy village hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors who come for the renowned Trumpet Festival. This huge gathering of traditional Balkan music, food and rakija lasts about a week, with the days and nights, bringing a mad celebration. Brass bands compete for the Gold Trumpet, all generations dance on the streets and everybody forgets about reality. This year the festival was held for the 52nd time which makes it one of the oldest music events in Europe.


 Aleksandra’s bio

Aleksandra Karpowicz is a London based photographer with a passion for portraits, fine art and travel photography. Her inspirations come from a mixture of her past combined with her creative influences. 

Aleksandra was born in 1984 in Warsaw, Poland; she has a master’s degree in political science from the University of Warsaw with scholarship exchanges abroad to the University of Oslo and Vilnius University. She then completed her diploma in photography from the London University of the Arts where she graduated with distinction.

Aleksandra’s love of photography goes back to her childhood, when she got her first film camera at the age of seven; as her work developed over the years, it emerged that she had a prominent focus on people. Her fascination with human nature is evident in her travel reportage and strongly influences her creative work.

 In her travel series, she introduces you to the destination’s mood and character from the perspective of both locals and visitors. She presents a varieties of shots as portraits, everyday interactions and even her landscape shots faintly capture the presence of local people.

 Her portrait and artistic work developed from spending hours in studio with various models, stylists and collaborating artists. Her series Fairy Tale Insanity embodies her approach. For the series, she collaborated with nearly 20 models and artists, to express her vision for the project, which was inspired by her love for the story Alice in Wonderland.

Aleksandra is driven to produce creative and artistic images for both fashion and art.