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Building up a picture

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For a new Striptiz portrait I photographed Andrej Štular a puppeteer from Kranj. I didn’t had any preconceived idea how to make the picture, but nonetheless I’m satisfied with the picture above. This time I’ll write about building a picture. First semester at the LCC college (Postgraduate studies of photojournalism) our tutors were giving a critic on our work solely on the contact print. And it’s true that contact sheet is really revealing. I mean everybody could have a luck and make a good picture, but from the contact sheet you can see how photographer thinks, moves, works. You can see if photographer was actively or passively building a composition for the picture. By passively building a composition it means that you see it and you release the shutter. Actively building a picture means that photographer moves around the subject, photographing closer, farther, from bellow, above, photographing also off moments when subject don’t expect it. I can not express enough how important it is to literally explore all the possibilities and when you do that you start photographing off moments. Just explore what will happen if you release the shutter before subject expect it. What will happen if you come closer, move back…

For this Striptiz portrait I had no idea how to make the composition and what do I want to say with it. My first idea was to photograph a puppet to be looking down from the roof, but it didn’t work. By photographing I was making a lot of errors, but some elements I really liked. Like I wanted the roofs in the background and I loved the stretched arms on the sky. Slowly I was building a composition and the result it was that a puppeteer looks like he’s suspended on strings and not the puppet.

A tip: As photo editor sometimes I receive from a photographer 100 of pictures and when I look at it I see that there are 100 look-a-like pictures and that photographer didn’t move at all! Like he/she was photographing in a trench under a rain of bullets not in a comfy office. And of course photographer have a problem with selection because he/she made 100 pictures that are almost the same! That’s the worse you can do as a photographer . You become stiff.

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Written by Borut Peterlin

10 April, 2007 at 21:18

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  1. Odličan savjet. Hvala. Pošto ste urednik fotografije, molio bih Vas za mišljenje. Koliko su foto eseji koji odražavaju izrazito subjektivan stav fotografa interesantni određenom magazinu ili agencijama i da li postoji želja i potreba određenih medija za “neaktuelnim” temama tj. objektima i dešavanjima koja nisu usko vezana za trenutna zbivanja. Pitam Vas jer pripremam reportažu o monaškom životu u pravoslavnim manastirima u zapadnoj Bosni i do sada nisam naišao na pozitivne reakcije lokalnih i regionalnih medija da bi ovjavili takvu priču. Hvala unaprijed.
    Pozdrav
    Igor

    igormotl

    6 March, 2008 at 18:32

  2. ZDRAVO IGOR,

    I hvala za komentar. O subjektivnom stavu sam pisao u ovom postu
    https://borutpeterlin.wordpress.com/2007/12/18/are-you-a-photographer-with-or-without-a-camera/
    U biti novinarstvo mora imati subjektivnost u drugom planu, u umjetnosto pa je subjektivnost u prvom planu.

    U jednoj rečenici si možeš sam odgovoriti. Pitaj se pragmatički zašto bi nekog čitatelja zanimao tvoj subjektivni stav?

    1) Ako si slavan, ko Picasso, onda svakog zanima tvoj stav o pekmezu, kamoli o manastirima
    2) jer tvoj subjektivni stav pokaže nešto, što još nije bilo pokazano u masovnim news
    2.1) jer mnogo bolje izgleda kao u ostalim medijima
    2.2) jer je napravljena sa više detajla i pokaže elemente, koji su interesantni
    3) jer je aktualna tema
    4) jer če biti aktualna tema
    5) jer je bila aktualna tema i je potreba po informacijama šta se je desilo posle news eventa i kako se stvari razvijajo

    U biti moraš pronači neki ključ preko kojeg češ svoju priču da prodaš. Svaki ima svoju formulu, koju prilagođava okolnostima. Na tvome mestu ne bi se unapred odrekao aktualnosti, jer je to vlo stimulativno. Ako nemaš nekih deadlajna i okvira onda se to raztegne u vječnost. Možda ima neka obljetnica ili ne znam šta.

    Tako na kratko. Inače nisam više urednik, jer suviše volim fotografiju – kao proces.
    B5

    Borut Peterlin

    6 March, 2008 at 20:21

  3. Hvala na odgovoru. Mnogo ste mi pomogli. Moram priznati da mi je prilično teško staviti se u poziciju trećeg lica i sagledati svoj rad maksimalno objektivno. Upravo sam i dobio ideju kako priču učiniti aktuelnom. Hvala još jednom.
    Igor

    Igor Motl

    6 March, 2008 at 20:43


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