New Striptiz portrait Stanka Hrastelj
Stanka Hrastelj is really interesting poet and I was looking forward to make her portrait for my Striptiz project. I read few of her poems before the shoot and I was shocked by language, message and how poem was so strikingly visual comprehensible. Here are some of her poems in English, but my favorite is one of her new poems Anatomy in a living room. Anyhow I ask her to bring some unusual objects with her and she brought trap for animals. It’s a real torturous device and luckily nowadays it’s illegal to hunt with this. We tried many situations, but on the end the best one was the simplest one. I tried what kind of pressure will it make on her ankle, but it was OK if we closed it slowly – very slowly. It was really cold like 2 degrees Celsius, but Stanka was very patient. The hardest was the expression. She laughed constantly and when she tried to act a pain, she laughed even harder. On the end I choose one really nice expression that is expressing pain and laughter. Stanka commented that is a poetry. Pain with pleasure and pleasure with pain.