New Striptiz portrait – Andrej Hočevar, a poet
Andrej Hočevar is a poet and this picture was inspired by his thoughts about the poems.
“Don’t ask a poet about what are his poems about. In the worst case he will lie, possibly he will not know and in the best case he will be sincere and becasue of that you will be offended. Once I’ve visited a friend. Few month later I showed her a poem that I’ve wrote in her place. She was offended when I told her that it’s talking about a friend whose poems I was reading. Other day a women was lying next to me in my mind I had other women and in front of my eyes a picture of the third one. I wrote a poem about crows.
Poems are never about things you would like them to be about.”
It’s true also for photography. Photographs are not about the things being photographed, but are about the author and way they were photographed.
With Andrej we’ve exchanged few emails and in one of it his last sentence was have a nice day and my neighbor is hanging laundry.
Logical conclusion was to make a picture of him hanging stuffed birds, not to make a picture about him. Don’t you agree?
HERE is a second selection of pictures from the shoot. Thanks to Maja Hitij for assiting me, Gostilna Jurman for lending me stuffed bird, to unknown owner of the garden which we’ve invaded for the shoot and my wife and Maja – sister in law for coming up with a tip that Jurman could lend me stuffed birds after I failed to get them at the museum.