Oh, I am so proud to announce that my portfolio was published by B+W Photography magazine. It was actually in June’s issue, but it took a while that I got a hard copy in my hands. It’s awesome and a perfect piece in my portfolio box. Next Monday a photography festival in Arles is starting and I have 20 portfolio review meetings. So exciting!!!
A big thanks to the journalist Mike Crawford and the editor Elisabeth Roberts for the attention to my work.
This weekend I was visiting Vienna Photo Book Festival and it was really exciting place in time. So many books, so many ideas, so many people to talk to… Unfortunately I managed to make only one proper interview if I don’t count the one I’ve published on Monday. Since I’m very much interested in alternative photography processes from 19th Century I was overwhelmed with the work of Simon Weber-Unger! He has a gallery Wissenschaftliches Kabinett in Vienna and it’s specialized in 19th Century photography. Furthermore his project of reviving Nature printing process is breathtaking indeed. I’ve made this interview to share with you his work. I hope you will get a glimpse how great it is. I know it’s not photography, but it is amazingly beautiful print!
More about this topic you can find on
Wissenschaftliches Kabinett page of Simon Weber-Unge on FB.
This weekend I was at Vienna Photo Book Festival and it was great. So many photo-books and artists all believing the same thing as I do, that a book is an ideal medium for our photography! I’ve done topshit interview with none other than Josef Koudelka, who was the main star of the event. I hope you will like it. Big thanks to Uroš Počivalšek, the colorblind agent of mr. Koudelka, for making this interview possible!
PS: Because I’ve received few angry emails, let me explain it that all those stupid questions I’ve heard as a feedback to my work. I found it satiric when these questions are posed against one of the best photographers in the world. That said also my biography is written in satiric fictional way. I see things differently, don’t shoot me…
Regular readers of my topshit blog – also known as topshit readers – are familiar with my Great Depression documentary photography project. Few days ago I was in Vegrad, another industrial giant that got bankrupt and left thousands of desperate people behind. Their greedy and corrupt CEO Hilda Tovšak is in jail at the moment, but she have much better times that all those migrant workers from Bosnia and Serbia…
I had disgusting problems with fog. I didn’t know why until I didn’t calibrate my pH checker and realized that it was showing 0.3pH less than it should, so my silverbath was actually 4.7pH so it was fogging like it’s English morning! I didn’t panic I adjusted everything that I could, but since I didn’t had nitric acid with me and I was reluctant to acidify silverbath with glacial acid, I was still having fog. But that fog was wipeable so, -No winter for Eskimos- I continued to work. In three hours that I had at disposal I’ve managed to make three plates. On the end of the day it was a jolly good day!
PS: If you want to qualify as a topshit reader of topshit blog, you might see this short video about the Great Depression project.
WHAT? Group Workshop in Wet Plate Collodion Negative, Salt Printing and Albumen Printing
WHERE? Berlin in Christian Klant‘s studio
WHEN? 16th-19th of Jully 2014
WHO? It’s intended for experienced ambrotypists and tintypists who wants to take new step into the world of negatives and prints.
HOW MUCH? Four days workshop costs 600 EUR and that includes all material cost and most importantly taxes. It does not include food and accommodation.
APPLICATION? The workshop is limited to five participants, so please hurry if you are interested by sending an email to email@example.com
- Introduction to the processes the difference between wet plate collodion positive and negative
- Reviewing examples of negatives and prints we are expected to be making during the workshop
- Preparation of chemistry and cleaning plates
- The making of the first wet plate negatives
- Participants will learn how to make different densities of wet plate negatives
- How to redevelop a negative
- What light is appropriate for wet plate negative and how to work in inappropriate light
- Practicing a wet plate negative on still life
- Making a portrait with ambient light
- Making a portrait with studio flashes
- Varnishing glass negatives
- Making more negatives. The goal is that each participant will make several negatives with different densities for different printing processes.
- Varnishing glass plates
- Preparing albumen for printing process
- Preparing gelatin for salt print process
- Seizing paper for salt print process
- Seizing paper for albumen print process
- Demonstration of salt and albumen printing process
- Salt printing
- Albumen printing
- Toning with goldchloride
- Waxing salt prints
- Silver Nitrate bath maintenance (boiling with baking soda, filtering, adjusting pH,…)
- Demonstration of dry collodion negative & Carbon Process
Each participant will receive few pages of notes with all receipts and most important points to remember.
Anton Podbevšek Teater will have tomorrow a premier of new theater show,
AMOR OMNIA VINCIT* and I’ve made digital documentation of the show, but I couldn’t resist not to take a snapshot in collodion technique of my friend Branko Jordan, one of the most prominent actor of his generation in this corner of the world. The plate has some fog, but concerning the timing and working condition I love it. In fact the fog, stains and everything else is just ideal for my taste!
For the promotion of theater shows I also developed a form of video teaser for Internet and social networks. It’s a mixture of video and photography, accompanied by a statement of the director followed with a scene from the show, to illustrate abstract words of the concept with an example from the show. This form of a teaser I perfected over two years and now I think it’s best that I could do. It also attract a lot of attention and popularize theater among iGeneration.
Blažka Müller Pograjc: AMOR OMNIA VINCIT*
Director: Matjaž Pograjc
Actors: Katarina Stegnar, Gorka Berden, Marijana Brecelj, Branko Jordan, Pavle Ravnohrib, Vito Weis in Enya Belak, Tamara Polanc, Kristina Rozman, Veronika Valdés
Produkcija: Anton Podbevšek Teater
Photography, video and editing: Borut Peterlin
Alenka Slavinec is my friend and colleague photographer, but she is also film producer. Lately she is fully engaged as an editor of Fashion Avenue Kuwait magazine. She is globe trotting all the time, but a week ago she called me and expressed that she would like to have a portrait in wet plate collodion, so she came to my house and on Sunday. All three portraits are ambrotypes format 8×10″. On the first plate I realized that although it was a bright day, green leaves were filtering all blue and UV light (that’s their job), so exposure was taking too long. Luckily in my past life I was an incarnation of a digital photographer and all expensive equipment is still in Da Houze, so I pulled out my Elektrona’s Flash Feeder and two studio flashes of joined power 2250Ws.
The second plate was perfect. Really perfect. Black dress is defined against black background and if you do ambrotype or tintype process, you know how contrasty this medium is. It has a dynamic range of a cat after a massive meal. Then we made another one and we went for a lunch at Kolesar restaurant. It was really cool Sunday.
Side note: I know how to do fashion photography, I’ve been assisting Oliviero Toscani (UC of Benetton) among other things, but the truth is I don’t have a talent for fashion – that’s fashion as how to dress and mostly (!) care how you are dressed, as is evident on behind the scene pics. Perhaps I’m making a mistake. Am I?