New Striptiz portrait – Matjaž Kačičnik
For my next Striptiz portrait I photographed Matjaž Kačičnik. He is a photographer who works with archaeologists in Egyptian pyramids. He is also played a key role in organizing an exhibition of Egyptian culture in Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana. Today he had an opening of his photographic exhibition. Yesterday I started to think how to make his portrait. I visited the exhibition full of really fascinating relics, hieroglyphs and other objects. When I entered a black sort of crypt with sarcophagus I was fascinated and suddenly I saw this situation of photographer lying in a coffin beside a sarcophagus. It’s basically repeating the pattern of funeral habits of Egyptians with our habits.
It was pretty weird to organize the shoot. I asked Matjaž if he’s up to and he said yes. Then I called Cankarejv dom to get a permission to make the shoot. They said yes as well. Then I called Žale funeral company. They were really cooperative, but when I was talking on the phone a college laughed his guts out, when I asked if I could borrow a coffin for a day. They asked me if I want a new one or a second hand. A new one if it’s not much to ask. I guess they have a coffins that they use for deceased before they are cremated.
Anyhow technically I had all my lights ready, but I decided to illuminate it only with neat spotlights that were used for the exhibition.