Ha, that’s a contemporary Wet Plate Collodion portrait – Primož Bezjak!
In Mladina weekly I’m publishing my portraits every week from 2006 and although I had a huge success with that kind of aesthetic, I needed a change. And Wet Plate Collodion technique is a real change indeed! In spite of technical difficulties of the process I still am trying to focus on a content, so that the portrait is not just a remake of old masters, that I can not surpass anyway, and sometimes I catch something that is from both worlds and is a signal I’m on a right path. Before the last example was the portrait of the band Silence.
Yesterday I’ve done a portrait of Primož Bezjak, an actor. He is very successful young actor. He was playing the main character in the movie Petelinji zajtrk, that was the film that brought to cinema the largest audience in Slovenia, beating Titanic and other blockbusters. On youtube is the film with English captions. But Primož Bezjak is mostly playing in theater and so it happens that he has a performance in Anton Podbevšek Teater and from the character and the feel of the performance I’ve build up the concept for this picture. The performance is inspired by the work of Samuel Beckett. Please take a look of the video bellow and you can see the visual parallels. The premiere is on Saturday and check on the site for other performances.
Technicall info: I’ve used camera ShenHao field 4×5″ camera, with a lens Linhof 135/3,5 at aperture 5,6, illuminated by two studio flashes of joined power 2250Ws at the distance of 60cm. Since we didn’t had a lot of time I’ve done this picture without a test and it came out perfectly! Plate is clean as never before and I’m in doubt that my plates are becoming too perfect, almost German-like!