Striptiz portrait of Žiga Gombač
Žiga Gombač is a multitasking person from music editor at MTV Adria, journalist, music critic, …., and also a writer who recently published a book Jastrebov let (The Griffon Vulture‘s flight).
When I contact him it turned out that he already know the Striptiz rubric of Mladina weekly, but I had mixed feelings. On one hand it’s great that people know your work, but on the other hand if people like my work they expect nothing else then masterpiece from me and that ALWAYS puts me in a strange situation, because I don’t have a rabbit in my sleeve. I NEVER do, but I know that I can make a good picture if I just have enough time. I find a way with certain lens, moment, composition, light, scenario or combination of everything. Sometimes everything comes together, sometimes I need to work bloody hard.
This portrait was the really hard one. Conditions were ideal: Žiga was super cooperative and we brainstormed before the shoot, he helped me out with access to the Prirodoslovni muzej (Natural history museum), kurator of the museum was really kind, Manca Jevšček was assisting me (THX!!!) and I even visited the museum day before the shoot, for better planning of the shoot. I even made a selfportrait as a sketch for the shoot.
But when I start to shot I realize my plan doesn’t work, so I start to change compositions, lightning, angles, gestures, … I tried everything, but still without success. Composition was plain and simple and all the tricks looked cheap. After an hour of torturing everybody, while lying on the floor I got this idea of the picture above. When I asked Žiga to stand above me, I realized it works and I was so relieved! I changed the lightning with a big smile and did few more shots.
Which one do you prefer?