Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

New Striptiz portrait – Tadej Pogačar

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Tadej pogačar
Tadej Pogačar
is a contemporary artist and a director of P74 Center and Gallery. The gallery is very much in favor of contemporary art involving new media and it won also an award Golden nest. My first idea was to make a nest with Christmas lights and put inside three children and he would stand in the back. My wife discarded the idea of taking children to Ljubljana for a shoot, so I was left empty handed and I needed a quick idea. When I was in Mladina’s office I saw a laptop with a nail in the screen. I used the laptop already for a Striptiz portrait in January, but I don’t like the picture that much and I thought I’ll make a new one with Tadej.

What do you think? Is it too similar? Can I use both pictures in a book where there will be about 100 portraits? Which one do you prefer?

Technically I used a 20mm lens and two studio flashes. One high above with a softbox, the other in the back illuminating the wall. Exposure time was 1/160s and apperature was around f 1/11. Of course I didn’t use any photoshop.

PS: Here is a version without the nail.


Written by Borut Peterlin

19 December, 2007 at 22:33

11 Responses

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  1. I wanted to say this before, but the previous striptiz photo was too successful, so i’ll say it now: i think you should wrap up this series while you’re still on top of it. You can’t go on exploiting the basic striptiz premise forever. I don’t think you exhausted it just yet, but it’s always better to leave people hungry for more than bore them with producing repetetive work.

    Talking about this picture, it’s just conceptually too confusing. I see him as a socialist worker hero, but what is he doing? Nailing the laptop? I don’t get it.

    I also don’t think you should publish 100 portraits, but edit them down as much as you can and publish only the best. If you don’t throw away at least half of them, what kind of selection is that? Less is more!


    20 December, 2007 at 01:01

  2. Thx Ivan! I appreciate your opinion a lot.

    But I’m not sure if the previous Striptiz photo is that similar, that would exclude this one with Tadej. Did you thought on Matej Kejžar with the woolf or Maja Hawalina and Oliver Vodeb nailing the computer?

    Please don’t ask me what does it mean, because I don’t have time to please reasoning and so I’m building images on the base of associations and yes proletarian nailing the computer is a valid one.

    Perhaps I would need to do it without the nail? I’ll retouch the nail out and see what would happen.

    Considering the finishing the project I’m also concerned about keeping the level high. Editors and readers expect a lot from me and I’m aware that I can’t keep up the pace forever. Perhaps I’ll do three really crappy Striptiz portrait in a row and burn those expectations.

    I must say that now I have better conditions and just about every image that I start to take I feel I hit the bottom. That last two years I was just lucky and my luck run out.

    But then I make a portrait like with Matej Kejžar and a woolf and I know creativity is frightening process and I’m still up for it.

    All the images that I have on my site under Striptiz project will be included in a book.

    More opinions, please!

    Borut Peterlin

    20 December, 2007 at 07:21

  3. With ‘previous photo’ i meant the wolf photo. It was just too good to talk about finishing the series then.

    Comparing this one with Vodep/Hawalina photo – that one worked because you explained the Luther connection and all seemed to make sense. But i doubt i’d make the connection myself without the explenation. I also liked the chance element in V/H photo.


    20 December, 2007 at 09:46

  4. I thought that you think about the wolf photo. I’ll retouch the nail out of this portrait of Tadej Pogačar and I’ll use both images in a book.

    I disagree about a narrow selection for a book. Now I’m at the number 70 and only the group of compiled images gives a bigger picture that I miss in just every Striptiz portrait!



    20 December, 2007 at 11:51

  5. A bit off topic, but I just HAVE to say it: can you PLEASE disable the “snap” plugin, it gets soo anoying after 17 seconds. Thanks.
    And secondly, we’ve seen the “nailing” before (I mean of the computer, heh). The light in this one is better, but I like the Hawlina/Vodeb version a bit more, since there’s a specific angle, and there’s more action. And a storyline, which makes sense 🙂


    20 December, 2007 at 11:51

  6. Thx Klemen. I didn’t know i could disabel snap plugin!

    Much better!

    Borut Peterlin

    20 December, 2007 at 12:01

  7. A bit off topic as well but HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!! Send my love to the family and post more of your earlier work…you kow everyone who follows this blog closely is a fan. I know a series that Borut did over a decade ago that is locked up in his old house…I won’t say much more than that…ok one clue…its all about COWS…but that’s it!


    20 December, 2007 at 13:46

  8. When I saw this photo I instantly remembered on that photo… And that’s why I think I am not going to be the only one noticing that…
    I think that you should reshoot this photo, because laptop is already the most common item on your Striptiz portraits…


    20 December, 2007 at 18:17

  9. ha, ha… JC. The series is called The meaning of Life – Cows.

    Meanwhile back in Ostrava swans are swimming and wind blows midely….

    Matjazz and others, thanks for your comments. I appreciate!

    I guess I’m the only one that really like this picture, but without the nail. Is that enough?


    Borut Peterlin

    21 December, 2007 at 01:42

  10. I really like this picture, mainly because of the very nice lighting (we spoke earlier today, at Mladina’s get-together, and I already mentioned that I liked this one). The only negative thing I can think of is the heavy resemblance to your Hawlina/Vodeb photograph. I don’t mind the laptop at all, or the nail for that matter (I would leave it as it is).



    21 December, 2007 at 01:48

  11. Hm. Dobro napisano, imaš podoben slog pisanja kot Cody Joto in Riley Cornn Cestitam :>

    Stan Kent

    9 November, 2010 at 05:31

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