Matjaž Tančič portrayed in Striptiz manner
Matjaž Tančič is a photographer from Ljubljana and a student of photography on a fashion college in London. He send few pictures to Google Photography Prize contest and among 36.000 applications he was short-listed among six photographers and he’ll have an exhibition tomorrow in Saatchi & Saatchi gallery. At the opening winner will be declared.
Mladina will write an extensive article about his work and commissioned me to do one of my far-out portraits. I was super happy because I knew Matjaž will be up for crazy pictures and furthermore will help me with the organization. When we were brainstorming how to do the picture I thought on Airbus airplane as a background and Matjaž as fallen angel pulling the plane. I called my friends friends to get the access on the Jože Pučnik airport and Matjaž called his friends to get the wings, styling, make up and Kaja Pogačar to assist us with the shooting.
Of course we couldn’t get Airbus, but we did get access to smaller planes. I chose Cessna 172, because of high leveled wings. The hardest was to get the angle where details of Matjaž (wings, chain, make up, styling, expression) were visable and still have the airplane recognizable. Since plane was rather small I decided to illuminate the wings from behind and keep background dark. We moved the airplane so it was aligned with roof windows. We did this picture really fast and then we had to move the airplane and make a space for other plane to exit. Since we were all excited we decided to do the picture of an homeless angel with helicopter. A colleague from Mladina asked me why metaphor of fallen angel and the best answer was Why not? I’m not payed to interpret my photos!
Then Matjaž suggested to do another picture with crate that was standing in the corner. I liked the natural light, so we didn’t even use flashes.
Thanx to Alfa Histria, Aviation Service.
Styling: Miro Design.
Makeup: Ana Lazovski.
Assistent Kaja Pogačar.
Photography: Borut Peterlin.
Commisioned by Mladina.