Striptiz portrait of Darko Tomić – Comics – holic
Darko Tomić runs an association of Comics collectors Stripoholik and a comics store Striparna. From one side this was really difficult portrait, because I have so much stuff going on, starting with my family (Lučka is a little bit ill), Mladina and today it looks I’ll not go to Kazakhstan. Crazy times. Well back to Striptiz portrait. When I think of a context of comics and photography immediately a picture of Nick Cave by Anton Corbijn springs in my mind. I was in super tight time pressure and I was comforting myself that if I’ll not find any other better solution I’ll copy the idea. That’s one of my tricks how to relax under stressful situation. When I’m under stress and I need to act fast and I convince myself that I already have a solution and all I have to do is photograph it. Basically I’m lying to myself, boosting my ego, demanding impossible from myself, a person being portraited and from the sun to draw exactly the kind of shadows I want.
When I devote my attention completely, small things happen and all I have to do is release the shutter.
Well this portrait was done in 10 minutes, which is my absolute record (usually it takes at least an hour) but nonetheless I’m very happy with the result.