Miha Knific and a new Striptiz portrait
Miha Knific is a very talented young artist who is active in many fields of art, but he’s most successful in film. His latest project was a film Noč / En nat (Let me sleep), which is full of abstract aesthetics, shot underground in a clean and visually disinfected urban environment.
Again I approached the portrait in a banzai manner. I had no idea how to make a portrait. i had some suggestions to make it by night and let a really long exposure so the Earth would move and stars would leave a trace of light. Anyway I was in hurry so I suggested to do it at 18.00 in a claustrophobic urban environment. Miha suggested a tunnel in downtown of Kranj, but warn us we will have to climb over the fence and it’s illegal. Everything for the art.
The beginning was hard. I was taking some pictures just to see how it looks. Miha brought with him his laptop. Initial idea was to have a laptop with his face on the floor whereas his his body would cast strong shadows on the walls. I didn’t like it. I didn’t continue in this direction because it would resemble Katja Praznik portrait and on the same time I was affraid to be similar to Samo portrait and again I didn’t want to resemble Peter Gedei portrait in a shaft.
In one moment I decided to remake a feeling of primitive cave scene with a man warming beside a fire. Except instead of fire – a laptop computer. Please don’t take that literally, because it’s just my flow of ideas in development of the picture.
I_really_like_the last picture, because the tunnel it’s not dominating and illumination of the tunnel looks like an aura. Picture is concentrated.
Model: Canon EOS 5D ISO Speed: 100
Date: 2007:08:14 20:36:31 Aperture: 5.6
Quality: Focal lenght: 20 mm
Flash: Studio flash 1500 Ws from the back, hand held flash 550 ED on manual 1/64 power
Exposure prgm: B
Exposure: 10 Sec
PS: I still didn’t recover from Fotopub. This year I through lived a massive stress. I don’t know if it’s a joke but on Monday my wife and another person noticed a lot more gray hairs on me. Two days ago I stopped on the highway to have a power nap and 15 minutes later I jumped up, my heart raced mad and I didn’t knew where I was and why I’m not in Novo mesto. I just felt that I missed something and I’m late and Fotopub, Fotopub, Fotopub,…. I’m a spiritual wreckage. I’m keep on working whole day long. I do mistakes and people do get upset at me, some time justifiably and even it is unjustifiably I don’t have an energy to argue. Whatever. Consequently few bridges are burned down. That’s good. I’m torn between too much activities and it’s a good time to reassess. I’m focusing on Perpignan, my exhibition in the HOST gallery in London and Month of photography in Bratislava.