Finally, a new portrait. I’m back!!!
Nešo Nožinić – a pilot. Idea to take a portrait of him came to me long ago because as long as I’m aware of myself, I know for him and for his passion for hight. We were discussing yesterday of how the picture would look like and how am I going to do it and as I mentioned one old airplane on a empty field in small village near Prijedor called Međuvođe, I saw a sparkle in his eye. After a small break, he told me that the airplane, that I want to include in the picture, is the same airplane from which he had performed his first free jump while he was at the parachute training.
Through Nešo, I wanted to indicate on a long tradition of flying in Prijedor. That old devastated airplane of Kurir type is a monument to a partizan pilots from WW II that took 2 German airplanes and escaped to a non occupied territory of Prijedor and formed first partizan squadron. Those two pilots were Franjo Kluz and Rudi Čajevec.
Lazar Marčetić – director and manager of Saničani fish pond near Prijedor. I know Lazar for some time, and I tried to transfer my own vision of him in this portrait. I always saw him as an urban intellectual who live a quality and successful life. Active sportsman, involved in a cultural life of a city, successful career.
The idea was to show him as a worker (not a stereotypic manager kind a guy). So, fish net is symbolizing his occupation while basketball equipment (he was active basketball player for a long time and now he is helping in development of Prijedor sport life) symbolize his active way of life.
Mladen Palada – a parachutist. Owner of many awards and medals and one of the icons of Prijedor sport, member of Prijedor Airclub. He is still active but doesn’t compete anymore. Many interesting stories he has to tell but there is one that can not leave you calm. Back in 1971 he had to perform his first jump after a theoretical part of his parachutist training. Airplane climb to altitude of 800 meters from where every training jump begins. They were performing a hook jump (where parachute is hooked to the airplane and opens instantly after jump). He jumped, and everything he felt was high speed but no absorbing shock when parachute opens. He saw that parachute was not opened right so he detached his main parachute and he opened his reserve. He had just 3 sec. to do that. And it was his FIRST jump. That was the time when death at first jump was common thing.
I was trying for few days to do this portrait but everything came up wrong. From weather to idea and scenario. First, weather was so bad that one could not go outside from a house. Then, I was building some ideas for this portrait and finally I overcomplicated it too much that realization became impossible and too expensive. So I decided to go with Mladen at Prijedor airfield and we will do some simple and clean portraits. When we get there, strong wind starts and instantly, I’ve got an idea to try to open a parachute against the wind. We were trying for several times, but it was impossible to get Mladen at the place I wanted him to be because, parachute was carrying him around airfield. So, I tried to run with him while I was holding my light stand in one hand and camera in other (and that is how picture on the top arise). Suddenly, wind stopped and parachute collapse over me.
And here are few tryouts of opening a parachute
Gordana Vila – a television reporter. Working for the RTRS, ITC Prijedor, covering Prijedor region (6 municipalities).
I shoot her in a cowboy (cowgirl) style, because I do believe that working in media in Bosnia is like on Wild West, specially for a woman. A lot of discrimination and hard struggle to achieve respect and honorable position. Like a cowboy, always ready to “fight”.
Slavko Elijaš – professor in secondary Electro technical school in Prijedor and head of school’s research section. Together with his students, won numerous awards in Republic of Srpska and abroad. Many of their patents are potential mass production products. Among them are new anti-burglary locking system, water pressure systems, traffic lights smart control and many others.
I noticed great atmosphere while they were working at their class, relaxed but serious.
Here are some links where you can find something more about their work:
On picture, I asked Slavko to hold an apple as he will throw it on a students head. I used it as a symbol of inspiration (Isaac Newton case)that he is giving to his students while provoking their way of thinking.
Many thanks to fourth grade of secondary Electro technical school Prijedor who helped me with this portrait, specially to Dragan and Dražen who provide me with informations about their achievements.
Nedeljko is a cameraman on RTRS (Radio Televizija Republike Srpske) – a public information service. Mostly, he is recognizable by his camera. Also, Nedeljko is shooting few documentary films on his own and about war in Bosnia but with time distance and with stories from each side who participate in a clash.
I tried to accent his eye with light as a main tool in his job.
Jadranka Rečević – local radio station (Radio Prijedor) announcer. I took this photo on Prijedors green market and put Jadranka as she was listening for some local gossip. Symbolically – as she has to be informed about city life.
It was very interesting this morning, while I was waiting for Jadranka to come, wind was so cold and it was rainy and finally when she came I thought, great I’ll warm myself through moving around with my lights and with my camera… but… my bad luck was that everybody knows her and everybody tried to ask her something and in some moment, I lost her there.
It was pretty hard taking pictures there because day was very cloudy with cold rain and market place is very dark place on such day, not to many people outside so I had to find some spot with someone in it. I had to increase my ISO to 500, lower my exposure to 1/30 and aperture was nice at f8. I used one small strobe (Vivitar 285hv) with reflective umbrella.
Milenko Radivojac, director of Museum of Kozara in Prijedor (city museum). Totem-like object on the left side is creation of my own. I’m not satisfied with it. I imagine it like chronological totem and it should represent Prijedor through history. But, everything was organized for today and I had major problems to get those old licence plates. From that object you should see a place that was known even in Roman empire, was built on paper industry, passed through period of socialism and communism and after that a “new rise of nation” period and today, from cultural point of view, Prijedor is well known by its painters. There are over 50 academic educated painters.
Red building on left side of a photo is city museum and place where I took this photo is new museum yard recently built.
Milenko Radivojac is preparing a book (working title is Prijedor that is gone) with old photos and stories that are told by old Prijedor citizens.
Igor Paspalj – guitarist and composer. In my professional opinion – one of the best ever walked on streets of Prijedor and wider. In my eyes, he is always in some speed, his gestures are nervous and in rush and I wanted to show that confronting a inner calmness that he need to posses as a teacher on Academy of Arts.
Here is kind of setup photo. Idea was to drag him on that board with wheels (which is used for transporting pianos) and make photo with long exposure and two strobes. Exposure was about 8 sec. Everything would be ok if tarmac was flat (and we did it on the best you could find here).
BW photos are made earlier this year and they find their place on Igor’s new CD’s booklet.
Links where you can find his music:
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.