City portraits #1 – Darko Cvijetić

First of all, I would like to write few words about project I am on to. It is a “Portrait of a city” and it’s about my town Prijedor (RS, BiH). I would like to show my town throughout people who are promoting city of Prijedor on their own, unique or professional way. Artists, politicians, craftsmen, journalists…

First in series is one above. On picture is Darko Cvijetić – theatre actor, theatre director, poet. Currently works in Prijedor city theatre. Story behind this portrait is that I tried to connect him with some part of a city or with some city characteristics. Behind him is a “red building” (crveni soliter), a building from period of socialism that is connected with some sort of urban legend – building with high rate of suicides. Darko is a resident of that building and he knew few people who committed suicide up from that building. I put him lying down writing a poem as a some sort of homage to all who fell.







For lighting, I use small strobe Vivitar 285HV, Elinchrom triggers and Westcot silver reflective umbrella. Light was positioned on camera right and on full power. Backdrop was lightened by late afternoon sun.

Author: Igor Motl

Freelance photographer from Prijedor, Bosnia whos work is mainly based on portrait photography and photo stories.

6 thoughts on “City portraits #1 – Darko Cvijetić”

  1. Looks good! very good! i like the body language. You could tell immediately that he is like he has fallen. First one is the best for me, but some dramatic photoshopping could be done to increase the effect.

  2. Thx Borut. Yes, I’m aware of that. I’m also glad that idea is obvious. Your comment is like a wind to my back. I’ll try to PS it a bit to bring out a drama.
    See you soon.

  3. Great concept — promoting your city with photos of people who are also promoting it! I hope you don’t stop the project!

    I also agree about retouching — could be more dramatic (to improve the “chocking” or “near-death” -kind of feeling), or you could also try strong black-and-white, like old crime-scene photos.

    Whichever you choose, do post about that 😉

  4. Yes, I probably will. I’m glad you like the concept. I tried with BW type and it looks great but also I’ll try to pull out ’till the end with color and hopefully it will be visible at same end as part of a concept.
    Thx for comment.

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