Portrait of Lučka Kajfež Bogataj
For Mladina I portrayed Lučka Kajfež Bogataj. She is a true authority on the field of climatology and study of climate change. She is a part of IPCC team from Geneva. Their team with Al Gore received a Nobel Prize for peace in 2007. Journalist Staš Zgonik made an interview with her. It was really interesting interview. One of the more interesting things that stayed in my mind is when she was talking about solutions for this world. She said that climate is changing much faster then peoples habits and that we need to change people understanding of environment, that environment is not here for granted. One of the possible models is to translate value of clean environment into money – the only relevant language of capitalism.
Nevertheless I still believe that the global warming is mostly the consequence of sun activity. The fact is that norden hemisphere is producing all man caused heat and the warming is not going on in the center of the planet, but on the poles. Even Lučka Kajfež Bogataj said that nobody knows why, but my common sense is telling me it must be related effect to aurora borealis. As we all know Aurora Borealis is happening because of sun wind and it happens on both poles simultaneously. But hey, what do I know, I’m just a photographer.
I was thinking to do a portrait with matches, with fire, something about the heat. I stopped at petrol station, but they had only lighters, no matches. Then I remembered a trick holding the sun. It’s been done before and I do not expect to receive a Nobel Prize for this portrait, but nevertheless still I’m very satisfied with it. It will stand out from usual interview portraits and I bet this tinterview will be very well read in Mladina. Technically I had a 1500Ws flash with large softbox about 1,5 m away from Mrs. Kajfež Bogataj, set on full power and exposure 1/200s aperture f1/22. It was really difficult to photograph because I didn’t saw anything, since sun was blazing direct in my lens. Even when I was checking the picture on my camera I was half blind and I was not sure in the result.