Portrait of Aleš Šteger for Mladina / Stripiz rubric
For Striptiz rubric I was photographed Aleš Šteger who recently published a book Berlin. I was impressed by the book and his form of language for treating everyday casual events with an attitude of wonder. So I was looking for a sort of urbanely – abstract bacground to do the portrait. Something like in Melita Zajc portrait. I was very stressed, but as always confident to do the picture properly. In this sort of situation when I don’t know how should I make the picture I’m looking for an element to build a picture around it. We were driving on Ljubljana suburbia, hoping that something will catch my eye. While we were pleasantly chatting I realize that our companies car has an empty tank and we might not get back to Ljubljana. We filled up a tank and all together it passed one hour and I still didn’t found a place to take a picture. I decided I’ll do the picture beside a sound barrier of highway. After I set up my lights a local guy approached us and start explaining everything about this small suburban community. He just didn’t stop. he told us everything about the highway construction his protests to get this sound barrier and so on. Aleš describe him perfectly, but I can not translate it in English. He said: Gospod je užaloščeni tajnik krajevne skupnosti, ki se ukvarja z domoznanstvom. What a perfect use of language!!! Considering the circumstances I decided to include the man on the picture and start my “dancing photography” photographing. When I came home I realize it didn’t work out and I asked Aleš for a second photo session and he said OK. He appreciated that someone is investing so much energy in a picture so he was willing to sit on the main street of Ljubljana for a picture. Matej Leskovšek assisted me.