Literary Orphans

Interview with Bostjan Tacol

1. What sparked your interested in photography?

It happened when I inherited an old Praktica when I was kid. It was the whole process that I got hooked on. From inserting the film, all the buttons…, trying to capture the moment, the beauty…, to the anticipation of film getting developed and the profound satisfaction when the photos were finally printed.


2. Why do you continue–why has this passion consumed you?

With years of experience I have witnessed the digitalization of photography: the process has changed. Yet capturing beauty is still my goal. Seeing the final result and the satisfaction and pleasure that the final result gives myself and others, that’s why I call what I do–a passion.


3. What other art forms have influenced you and your work? Is music a big part of that?

Art in general has always been a big part of my life. I also graduated in art history. But Great American pin-up illustration and old Hollywood cinematography with their colors and atmosphere had (and still have) the biggest influence on my work.

Music also plays a big role in my life. Especially my dedication to rock’n’roll, rockabilly, and country music. It all went hand in hand with my love of vintage art. I even DJ in my free time :).


4. Are there any particular artists or photographers that motivate you?

Great illustrators like Gil Elvgren, Al Buell, Haddon Sundblom, etc. and Old Hollywood and contemporary cinema artists like Tim Burton have always been my inspiration and motivation. As far as photographers, there are many of young photographers with great talent, imagination and stunning post-production that certainly motivate me to always try to do my best and then do even better.


5. Can you describe your current artistic process, habits, techniques you have formed?

First of all, composition must be perfect in any given situation. Lighting is certainly the most important part for me. I carefully work with soft light to create warm atmosphere. Postproduction has changed totally with the digitalization of photography–cross processing and coloring is now replaced with Photoshop. In my photography, it is all about the colors and I try to use computers to my advantage, in order to help me produce the color palettes that I have struggled to create while using analogue techniques.


6. Do you try and tell a story with your photographs?

While I was working as photojournalist, the story behind a photo was very important. In my pin-up photos there is perhaps more about aesthetics and atmosphere and pleasure for eyes; although every single photo has a story behind it. I still work on a few series with a strong storytelling note within them too.


7. Where do you turn for motivation and new sources of inspiration?

Beautiful pin-up girls are always good motivation :). I am really passionate about movies, so besides my imagination, movies are often my inspiration.


8. Do you feel that community is an important factor in your work–are relationships with other photographers, models, galleries, and important aspect of what you do?

Without a doubt. Community plays a big role in what I do. Especially relationships with models plays a significant role in my work.


9. What do you think is more important for your craft: passion, dedication, or raw talent?

Talent is certainy very important. An Eye could we say. But without passion and dedication a talent won’t become an artist.


10. Is there a particular project you hope to accomplish in your lifetime?

I’m a dreamer and I think that there is not just one project for me.


11. What’s your favorite drink?

I will never refuse a good ale :).