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My new atelier! / Topshit Photography Vlog #37

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My dearest followers,
this year 2018 is not slowing down and in this vlog I’m presenting to you my new space. It’s a former railway station freshly refurbished. The other location that I had was only for one year, so now this is the new place. It’s in Straža, the town where I have grown up.

Now I’m planning how to design the space, picking colors, looking for antique furniture. I’m planning to make few furniture pieces by myself. As a kid of 12+ years I loved the wood making process, so why not save some money and build stuff.

About the cottage in the vlog. I would love to buy it and although I could afford it, I am afraid I might get myself spread too thinly. Perhaps it’s time for crowdfunding? Perhaps it is, but it’s very likely that in half a year, it will be even better time. Perhaps I will get a partner or few of them and we can share ownership over the cottage. Everything is possible. But step at the time. My dear friend Damijan is a very successful businessman and he is sharing with me business secrets. Ones I was explaining him my projects, he told me that the successful businessman is the one who has the discepline to decide which project he/she will NOT do. I will eventually buy a cottage, perhaps this one, perhaps some other, but now it is not the time for it. Oh… I didn’t win lottery, we’ve sold our house, so…

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17 February, 2018 at 14:32

Photo-book PUBLISHED!!!

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In this vlog I’m sharing with you the moment filled with deep emotions when I got my self-published book in my hands, opening an exhibition and remind you that topshit happens!

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I’m receiving support from my patreons at

First song: Dreams Come True by Rebecca Holden
Other two songs by David Cutter Music

My book is PRINTED!!!

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Dearest followers,

In this vlog I’m inviting you to participate in witnessing the day that I will never forget, the day when I’ve printed my own book! Now it’s printed and it looks better than I’ve expected! By the end of the week it will be bound and finished!

The book can be ordered at
You can support me through

I’m inviting you also to my exhibitions:

16.1.2018 at 19:00, Ljubljana, Galerija Photon
6.2.2018, Vienna, Photon Gallery (link)

Music by
Ryan Little – Day 8
David Cutter Music – Stop Yourself (

Written by Borut Peterlin

10 January, 2018 at 13:49

Survival guide for kids / part 01

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Christmas is time to be with family and I love to take kids to nature and encourage their creativity. This short video we’ve made in two takes in two hours, just before lunchtime, so it’s not a masterpiece of videography, but it is a quality parenting time, encouraging imagination and creativity. Needles to say we have a long list of episodes that demands the continuation of the series 🙂
I wish you beautiful present moment!


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28 December, 2017 at 13:59

Daughter facing future

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20170224_8144Oh, I am so happy for this photograph I’ve created! And it’s a portrait of Brina, of my youngest daughter that does not want to be photographed very often! And she has a birthday today, she is 10 years old! Exactly on today’s date, ten years ago she took her first breath and joined us on our path of life.

In the video I’ve explained almost everything. I wanted to discuss the composition, but on the end I did not. When photographing I was in dilemma if I want her facing left or right. It would be more natural to be facing right, in the direction that we read a photograph. When I say we, I mean westerners, we read written word from left to right, that is why it would be more natural that she would face right. But on the end I’ve decided that she should face left. Because of her posture, standing brave, facing something that is out of the frame. But we see the thorns surrounding her. But she glows, she is surrounded by white back-light.

For us who know Brina well, we know how suitable is this portrait of her. She is really a fighter. Boys do not want to mess around with her because she knows how to punch. Of course I have thought her how to defend herself. I told both of my daughters that they will not go out on a date before they will not demonstrate how to use elbows and knees in self defence. Yep, that is our Brina! I’ve listed the print on eBay (link).

Silver chloride gelatin paper, a contact copy from my collodion negative.I have an art student from Barcelona here, her name is Ana and she is assisting me. First week we had basic darkroom techniques and the second week she is already printing contact copies from collodion negative on silver-chloride paper and split toning them. I’ve listed that print on eBay too.



From my exhibition in Pula, Croatia, with love ;-)

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The video and about the show photographs done by Markele Zid

Last few weeks too much stuff happened. But let me share them on my blog chronologically. On 13th of February I’ve opened a solo show in Slovenian Association Club in Pula, Croatia and it will be open for a month time. On the show I’m exhibiting 39 pieces of my series Family Album. With resources that I had, I was using different kinds of frames, so I conceived the show in a dynamic manner. Different walls, different frames, different emotions,…

A selfportrait with my daughters. Done in wet plate collodion negative, format 8x10". Assistant Markele Zid

A selfportrait with my daughters. Done in wet plate collodion negative, format 8×10″. Assistant Markele Zid

Yesterday I’ve made a great self-portrait with my daughters. Do you know the story of Janus? Wiki: In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus (Latin: Ianus, pronounced [ˈiaː.nus]) is the god of beginnings and transitions,[1] thence also of gates, doors, passages, endings and time.

Printing at midnight and toning under selenium moon

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Today I wanted to go early to bed. I had exhausting two weeks behind me, so I took my ipad and on youtube I searched for Paul Strand. I am a fan of his work, who isn’t, but I was not familiar with his life story. I was deeply moved with the part when he was almost blind and was asking his wife to focus enlarger and describe him what is she seeing. I remembered that when I was in secondary school I was dreaming that once I will have a darkroom and I will not have to negotiate with my mother when can I occupy our bathroom, I will get up and make a print for the fun of it! I remember the feeling how cool will that be!
It was 10pm and I did just that! I went to make a print. Here it is. It’s for my next exhibition of Family Album in Pula, Croatia, on 13th of February. I read somewhere that Ansel Adams was fixing his prints with plain hypo (sodium thiosulfate) fixer, because this plain fix is not hardening emulsion and also it does not contain acids on the contrary to rapid fixers. Selenium toner needs alcaic solution to work best.
I’m really pleased with the tone and the effect of selenium toner. It gives more cooler tone and intensify blacks. The contrast on the reference test print is 0.5 grade, but for the final print I’ve increased it to 1.0 grade. I was using Ilford multigrade paper.

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26 January, 2014 at 02:32