New Striptiz creative portrait; Ana Sluga, a painter
When I received an invitation to her exhibition I liked the work immediately and started to think how to do a Stritpiz portrait. I like the raster on her images, so I thought to build a picture on raster effect. I thought many, many scenarios. When I suggested to Ana a water reflection on the floor of the gallery, she doubted it could be done, so I brought with me also a Plexiglas glass as an alternative if micro water puddles will not work. It did work, so we were making puddles for more then an hour. Floor was not perfectly flat (I didn’t thought on that) so our micro puddles were joining into a micro lakes. Our first plan was to make perfect order, so puddles would be circles, aligned in straight lines as raster on her painting, but it turned out differently. I didn’t mind at all and I became even more curious how it will turned out.
The inspiration for this portrait is a picture of Jeff Mermelstein‘s book Sidewalk where a pedestrian is wearing a sunglasses and in which there is a mirrored image of a building across the street. Unfortunately the book is in my storage place, so I can’t show you. The only technical trick for the picture is that aperture should be f 1/22 and light should be bounced more or less straight into the lens. It’s quite a difficult to view the image in aperture in 2,8 and shoot it at 22. I suggest to build a light shaft with large foam boards. Since I don’t have a budget, I helped myself with 200mm lens and busting contrasts and blacks in post-processing.