Up close and personal


We are

Boris and Sandro Erceg, Croatian-born content creators specialized in travel, lifestyle, and creative photo and video content. After surviving three cold Norwegian winters, we moved to Hamburg in 2015 to continue PhD research on the design of Arctic icebreaking ships.



project started on Instagram as a way of channeling our passions — photography and writing. With and urban landscapes as main motifs, we drew inspiration from Hamburg's architecture and street spirit. What started as a passion, eventually turned into a profession, and today we do content creation full time.


This website

will feature our full body of work — from personal and commercial photo and video projects, storytelling and behind the scenes content, to technical articles about our photography.



Behind the project

Sandro Erceg (brotherside) / Photographer in Hamburg

Sandro is the visual mind of brotherside and the only team member with a driver's license. His world-renowned camera skills are surpassed only by his poor time management.

Before discovering a passion for photography, he devoted years to engineering and research, first as a naval architect in Croatia, later as a PhD researcher in Norway and Germany, in the field of ship-ice interaction in Arctic waters.

Back in 2017, he estimated that he would graduate in "6 to 12 months."

Boris Erceg (brotherside) / Photographer in Hamburg

Boris is the writing powerhouse and hyperlapse go-to guy. He is also an elite stutterer, a respected trip planner, and a fervent proponent of freedom of thought and expression. 

Professionally, he followed Sandro’s path – first graduating naval architecture from the University of Rijeka, Croatia, and later embarking on his PhD journey, where he was looking into the influence of the randomness of ice loads on the ship's structural response.



in one breath


The journey

began in the late eighties when then-toddler Sandro made a special wish — a brother. As manipulative as he has always been, his wish was granted, and, soon after, Boris escaped the comfort of the uterus, marking the beginning of the brothers’ golden era. For the next 22 years, we shared a loft room and life adventures in Rijeka, the largest port in Croatia and a gateway to Western Europe. 

Times were tough, and money was tight, so we grew up in a stereotypical Croatian way, stuck in the bitter and slow reality of our hometown, with little chance to experience the joy of traveling. For a long time, we believed that a steady job, car, house, and fancy clothes pretty much defined one’s worth as a person, and, for the most part, we did our best to blend in. 

It was only during university days when we started to perceive and explore the world in different ways. Since then, we have changed jobs, countries, partners, operating systems, and life perspectives. To this day, exploring and critical mindset has stayed the only constant in our lives.