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A portrait of painters White Ice Cream

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artist's collective White Icecream are often using brick pattern in their work, so the element is included in the photograph.

Artist’s collective White Icecream are often using brick pattern in their work, so the element is included in the photograph.

Last week I was commissioned to do a portrait of painters duo White Ice Cream. I’ve done a fantastic portrait of them two years ago and I was reluctant to do another portrait, but a commission is a commission and they are great blocks, so I was very excited to see what we will as their portrait. We were talking and we agreed that we will repeat the brick pattern from their cloths that were an art piece. We tried to make a snowman, but in Ljubljana there was no snow anymore so we went to Krvavec mountain, but snow there was too dry, too frozen, so we made this sort of characters. My idea was that they should go full monty and with one hand cover their “pride” and in the other hand they would hold an ice cream, but they were not up for it. We had a good laugh once again 🙂

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A portrait of the collective White Ice Cream in year 2011

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My photographs for cover pages on books, magazines and a CDs

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I'm proud to present few publications that are wearing my photograph as a cover. Last week Mladina weekly had the main article about how Slovenian government is planning to sold out all assets that the Republic of Slovenia still owns in a very non-transparent way. Shape of the cheese is represanting the shape of Republic Slovenia.

I’m proud to present few publications that are wearing my photograph as a cover. Last week Mladina weekly had the main article about how Slovenian government is planning to sold out all assets that the Republic of Slovenia still owns in a very non-transparent way. Shape of the cheese is represanting the shape of Republic Slovenia.

Writer Vesna Milek wrote a biography of an actor Boris Cavazza and for a book in Serbian language they used my portrait.

Writer Vesna Milek wrote a biography of an actor Boris Cavazza and for a book in Serbian language they used my portrait.

Bottomline is a band from Novo mesto and they asked they used my pictures for the cover of their newly released CD. I already bloged about that very amusing session.

Bottomline is a band from Novo mesto and they used my pictures for the cover of their newly released CD. I already bloged about that very amusing session.

A cookbook with the author on the cover. All stacks were against me for this cover, but I've made it happy and client was ver very happy and so was I!

A cookbook with the author on the cover. All stacks were against me for this cover, but I’ve made it happen and client was ver very happy and when client is happy I’m happy. And my family is happy 🙂

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25 January, 2013 at 00:28

YES! New creative wetplate portrait of Peter Movrin, a fashion designer

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peter movrin portrayed by Borut Peterlin

Peter Movrin is one of the most prosperous and highly rewarded young fashion designer. On HIS SITE it states: “Peter Movrin creates dark knight inspired menswear – long laser cut leather coats, paired with silk underskirts, grey tone raw leather pieces and accessorised with knitted head pieces and balaclavas in a modern attack on medieval attire.”

Mladina weekly assigned me to make his portrait and when I saw his site and video attached bellow, I knew wet plate collodion technique is destined for his portrait. We made the portrait is his shop in downtown of Ljubljana. I’ve illuminated him with Balcar Source 6400 studio flashes, which can be used as a synonym of light burst (6400Ws) that can compare with a nuclear explosion. I’ve scan the plate, then I scratched it with a brush paper and hold it above a flame, so the glass plate broke. Then I scanned it again and in Lightroom I added an effect of vigneting and the result is here! I hope you like it. Gregor Cokan was assisting me.

When I made this portrait I thought this is it! I will use Wet Plate technique and combine it with every tool there is either that’s analog or digital. Wet Plate photographers are often limiting them selves only to the tools that were available in 19th Century even to that extent that they don’t want to scan a plate because they scrutiny it or something like. I disagree. I consider 19th Century photographers a wizards of their own time. They were building their own equipment, mixing their own chemicals and mastering aesthetics of new media. I consider them as intellectuals that were open to wide range of knowledge and were not limiting them selves and this paradigm I like. I thought I figure all out for my next creative portraits! The conceptual and aesthetic approach, chemical part of this technology, illumination and so on.

BUT! (there is a but in every decision isn’t). But yesterday I was trying to make another portrait for next issue of Mladina, but it didn’t work. I mean I’ve made tests and everything was fine, but then people were late and there was no ambient light anymore. I had to make a set up with flashes and I tried to do their portrait without a tests, but in a rush, wet-plate does not work. After one hour I admitted my defeat and was forced to make a digital portrait.

I came to another personal resolution. I will use this technique only if I will have a clear concept and not trying to use it for every portrait in Mladina weekly magazine. It’s just to stressful, not to mention that I need an hour of pre-preparation before the shoot and even then it’s not certain that it’ll work. I mean I have a strong portfolio with my digital portraits, so no worries about the quality.

Peter Movrin’s fashion:

Portrait of a painter Aleksij Kobal

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Aleksij Kobal, a painter

Aleksij Kobal is one of my favourite Slovenian painters and I was very happy to portray him again. Two years ago I portrayed him behind a large glass window (link). We discussed about possible scenarios for the portrait and he suggested to take me to his favorite place on the suburb of Ljubljana. In his work he’s applying modernistic urban architecture that are creating his dreamscape, so I wanted to catch this feeling in my portrait of him. After the main portrait I’ve made few more shots with my Mamiya C330. I like them just as much, if not more. I love the last frame. The rectangular it resembles so much to the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey. Not to mention this diffused northern light after sun set. Eternal beauty.


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25 September, 2012 at 21:08

My weirdest project

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In the beginning of this year 2012, I borrowed a large format camera Linhof Technika and soon I fall in love in this kind of work. I decided I want to buy one and in April I bought two 4×5″ cameras. HERE is a link to the post. My first resolution was to shoot about 50 films and make every possible mistake that you can do with large format camera. I was photographing my children, but not as much as I wanted to, so I decided I’ll make portraits of trees. And not just any kind of trees, only an apple trees. I’m publishing just few of them, since I never bothered to scan them all.

This project started as a joke, as a topic that is easy accessible, doesn’t complain and gives you a good excuse for a bike ride, but with a surprise I learned that there is a potential in this topic. Every tree is different, of course, but if you look closely, you see that a tree is reflecting it’s owner’s personality. I’ve photographed neglected trees, farm apple trees, neat garden apple trees and so on. One apple tree looked like a bush. A farmer cut it above it’s roots, but tree didn’t die and now it looks like a mess. I didn’t continue with this project, because I realized that black and white technique is totally inappropriate. It should be either in full color to emphasize the tree and not a photographer or in Wet Plate Collodion technique to emphasize the photographer. By the end of the weekend I’ve learned more about people then about apple trees.

The purpose of this exercise was to establish a routine in working with large format camera and it was a success. Now it’s August and I’ve shot more then 200 plan films and I feel very comfortable with the camera and it’s workflow.

I’ve used my ShenHao 4×5″ camera for my work as a photojournalist. For weekly magazine Mladina I do portraits that accompany interviews in the magazine. Here are few examples:

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13 August, 2012 at 00:54

New creative portrait, Lucija Stepančič

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Lucija Stepančič, a painter and a writer
Photo: Darko Sintič,
Koncept and post-process: Borut Peterlin

Last week I had super fever with body temperature up to 39,6C and I couldn’t go to Ljubljana and make a portrait for Mladina. I asked a student of mine Darko Sintič to take a portrait and I explained him what I need. I took his images and chop them into pieces and polaroids from them. I used poladroid software. After I finished with post-process I was in a state of high fever dreaming whole night this images. I realized I should use dropshadow on polaroids and probably I should use some sort of texture for background. I wasn’t really sure if it’s OK, but now, with time distance I’m satisfied with the result. Ladies and Gentleman, Lucija Stepančič, a painter and a writer.

PS: I’m healthy now. Today I’ve carefully jogged few kilometers and I’m great. Great feeling, great energy!

Red Star T-shirt – Mladinina mikica z rdečo zvezdo

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Last week I had to make an advertisement for Mladina’s new T-shirt with a red star. Lately in the peak of recession when Slovenia is mentioned to be the sixth EU country that will need to ask for financial help, Prime Minister Janša started his campaign to trivialize National Liberation Front (Red star) and his right wing colleagues are openly glorifying Hitler’s collaborators Domobranci. Mladina decided to start selling the T-shirts with red star and trusted me to make a good picture for their campaign. My first idea was to go to Dolenjski muzej and on the exhibition dedicated to partisan resistance find some appropriate angle around guns. But guns were all in show windows and that was not possible. I decided I’ll make a very simple image and use the wall with names of over 3000 fallen partisans, activists and victims of o fascistic violence. I’m really happy that this photograph is not only opposing stupid remarks that Slovene Home Guard (Domobranci) soldiers who pledged their service to Hitler and were capturing allied pilots and handing them to SS, were fighting for democracy, but also reminding what red star really represents in history. If you want to buy one HERE is the link.

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Prejšen teden sem naredil reklamno fotografijo za Mladinino novo mikico z rdečo zvezdo. KOt veste, na višku recesije, ko je Slovenija omenjana kot potencaialno šesta država, ki bo prisiljena prostiti EU za finančno pomoč, je Premier Janša začel svojo kampanijo za razvrednotenje pomena narodno osvobodilnega boja in simbola rdeče zvezde. Kot veste, so janševci začeli na glas propagirati hitlerjance in Mladina se je odločila, da naredi mikico z rdečo zvezdo. Meni so zaupali, da naredim fotografijo, ki bo uporabljena za oglase. Moja prva ideja je bila, da bi šel v Dolenjski muzej in na razstavi NOB našel nek zorni kot kjer bi lahko posnel mikico in orožje. Na mojo žalost je bilo vse atraktivno orožje v izložbi, ki je nisem mogel odpreti, tako sem se odločil, da naredim popolnoma enostavno fotko, ob spominski plošči, kjer so imena padlih partizanov, aktivistov in drugih žrtev okupatorskega nasilja. Na ta način fotografija nasprotuje fiktivni ideji, da so se hitlerjanci borili za demokracijo, ampak tudi izpostavlja kaj je rdeča zvezda resnično pomenila ljudem!

Če jo hočete naročiti, je tu POVEZAVA do nje.

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16 July, 2012 at 15:56