New Striptiz portraits and portrait of president Drnovšek
This morning I was photographing president Drnovšek for Dutch Press agency GPD with journalist Marloes de Koning. It was quite difficult because presidents PR person Jana Lah which is a lovely person (I admit that I would write that even if she wouldn’t be) but she limited my time to work. Since I didn’t had the pictures I wanted I continued to take pictures in the least obtrusive way as possible and obviously president didn’t mind. I’m quite happy with the shoot.
Then I was working on another Striptiz portrait of editors of newly established magazine ARZENAL. I’ve photographed them at the construction yard in SAZU. I admit I was a bit lost at the beginning. OK. I was completely lost and at the moment of despair I got this ingenious idea that they will read the magazine while the magazine will be flying around… You don’t have to comment that, because the situation was much more bizarre, while I was setting self timer, running behind editors and throwing up newspaper and of course missing the right moment. But that was good because we all got more relaxed and I got this crazy idea that I want to have a heelbarrow in the picture. So I’ve made a sculpture and after few different frames I decided that the last one is perfect.
But_when_I_thought_that_this_is a Striptiz for this week I got a news that editor changed his mind and I need to do a portrait of a painter Samo. I was planning to do that anyway and since I really liked his exhibition at car maintenance service AMZS at Dunajska street I had already an idea how to shoot it. But since it was raining I couldn’t shoot it outside and my plan was abolished. Since I was working until dark and we met in one hall I thought he will draw something with his torch. You_know_this _simple technique, right? You have a long expousure and with a torch you illuminate things or draw lines. I did whole Fairytale project like that. After the first test I realized that I don’t want to have windows in the frame. They are too strong and take too much of attention. Then I thought OK. After he will finished with drawing I’ll illuminate him with flash. First on the wall and then I’ll illuminate the face. He said he would prefer that his face will not be illuminated and I thought what a great idea! I mean he looks OK for a guy from Ljubljana, but if his drawings will be white and his figure will black… he will be a negative to his pictures. Visual counterpoint. UAU! The rest it was easy. Expousure about one minute, f 1:5,6 and lens 35 mm.