Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Striptiz portrait of Žiga Gombač

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Žiga Gombač, a writer
Žiga Gombač, a writer
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?


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  1. če izbiramo, izberem hočevarjev striptiz 🙂
    … druga.


    24 April, 2008 at 00:46

  2. no.2 is much better, but I don’t like those white curtains. Was it possible to avoide it? I believe that the idea was to make him fly, so curtains are making me not to believe in flying.

    Igor Motl

    24 April, 2008 at 01:07

  3. I think I prefer the last one…a bit obvious but it seems to work better for me. Then again what the hell do I know about anything! I just hope for you that you don’t actually consider any of the suggestions on your work useful. Clearly you know ahead of time and regardless you were never one to be influenced by others…so so so…I want to see more bad haircuts!


    24 April, 2008 at 02:00

  4. not really my main Pedro from Barcelona! I prefer technical quality of the first one, but the gesture and overall feeling are better on the second one.

    So the question is what does it prevail.

    and yes I prefer the second one too, although I’m a bit angry on myself that I didn’t make it technically perfect.

    Borut Peterlin

    24 April, 2008 at 09:42

  5. I am angry at you for not making it technically perfect ! We want perfection ! Well…my bloggers…here’s a thought to wrap your heads around: Perfection. What is technical perfection? Is it really perfection?


    24 April, 2008 at 11:34

  6. Why are not perfect things more interesting than perfect ones? Kaos theory explains everything. 🙂

    1 – eagle looking down
    2 – eagle flying with others eagles freely

    I’m for second one. F*** perfection.

    But installation wires on ceiling – terrible. 🙂

    le samo

    24 April, 2008 at 13:36

  7. I love wires! I know it looks horrible, but it’s a great metaphore of sky just as a stuffed bird on a wire for a eagle’s flight, don’t you think?

    I’m sorry pane Poštivaček for making you angry. I’m not a perfectionist. Perfectionism is just a bad excuse for not being satisfied with anything.

    Thanks for all the comments! It helped me out!

    Borut Peterlin

    24 April, 2008 at 21:44

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