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A portrait of a writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting)

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Two weeks ago I was commissioned by Mladina weekly to do the portrait of a writer Irvine Welsh, a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer. He is recognised for his novel Trainspotting. For the whole interview a termin of 30 minutes was reserved, which with other words mean, not time for photographer. I’ve stole 30 seconds for the portrait in the chair, before the interview and the rest was shot during interview. I used medium twin-lens camera Mamiya C330 and EFKE 100 film (I should use ISO 400, I know…). I’ve done also portraits on digital camera, just as a back-up, but those portraits were so boring, I’ll not waste Internet’s space with them. The concept of those portraits was the following. I took a straight normal portrait, I took all classic portraits that are usually done during interviews, then I said OK, let’s make few portraits that will smell like Trainspotting. What do you think?

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  1. i like it… a lot of emotion made with the way you took the pictures – even though it doesn’t come from him… :)

    Indijanka

    13 March, 2013 at 22:55

  2. I love the Trainspotting images. I can imagine them all as such.
    Very nice rich tone in the photographs as well. In the straight portrait shot, he sure didn’t help you at all:-)

    John Fink Jr.

    14 March, 2013 at 00:19

  3. You know how it is, for news interviews you have time measured in seconds not in minutes and you have to make whatever you can do with it. That’s crucial circumstance in this portraits.
    Thx Indijanka & John & the rest of the readers.

    Borut Peterlin

    14 March, 2013 at 00:29


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