Photography, Fine Art, Wet Plate Collodion, Alternative photography

Funeral of Božena Pelikan

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Today is funeral of Božena Pelikan, 95 year old youngest daughter of Josip Pelikan. I was privileged to spend some time with her, listen her advices how to do negative retouching, how to do portrait photography – properly and all the stories that were embedded in the old glass skylight Pelikan Studio. I’m glad I visited her just few days before her death. She had severe dementia, but she remembered me as the one who likes dogs! On her deathbed she was telling me how photography is a noble and nice profession. It has many downsides, but on the end of the day she is happy to be a photographer! This Saturday I have a portrait sessions in this studio, next weekend I have a workshop in the Pelikan studio. Božena lives in photography on!
Danes je pogreb Božene Pelikan, 95 letne, najmlajše hčere Josipa Pelikana. V čast mi je bilo poslušati njene nasvete kako se retušira steklene negative, kako se dela portretna fotografija, ampak ta spodobna portretna fotografija, in poslušati vse zgodbice prepojene s tem čarobnim steklenim studijom. Vesel sem, da sem jo obiskal par dni pred njeno smrtjo in kljub napredni demenci se me je spomnila, kot tistega, ki ima rad pse. Še na smrtni postelji mi je pripovedovala kako je fotografija lep poklic. Ima veliko slabih strani, a na konec koncev je srečna, da je bila fotografinja! V Studiju Pelikan, to soboto, zopet portretiram in naslednji vikend imam fotografsko delavnico. V fotografiji Božena živi naprej.


Written by Borut Peterlin

18 February, 2016 at 13:53

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  1. Beautiful Borut, continuing the traditions, learning from the past, sharing the life of another photographer, beautiful! Thanks for sharing this story. Love the fact that she was promoting the greatness of photography till the end, you got to love that.


    Check this out, young ones playing with a view camera and learning even thou we could not speak the same language.

    The Photographs Of Gerry Yaum

    18 February, 2016 at 14:02

  2. Great post and images.


    18 February, 2016 at 15:12

  3. They live through us as we carry on the traditions they once did for others.
    Lots of spirits in that studio. You will feel them in your heart from time to time.

    John Fink Jr.

    18 February, 2016 at 17:54

  4. Dear Borut, I am sorry that your friend died. She is alive in the skylight. I offer you these words below to perhaps offer some comfort:

    Take him and cut him out in little stars,
    And he will make the face of heaven so fine
    That all the world will be in love with Night, and pay no worship to the garish Sun…”

    Juliet, in William Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET, Act 3, Scene 2

    Thinking of you,


    Sheldon Izen

    18 February, 2016 at 23:09

  5. What a wonderful life! Thank you for sharing your friend and her work.


    19 February, 2016 at 18:20

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