Borut Peterlin: A Father’s Tale

Photon Vienna
Opening: 6. 2. 2018 at 19h
7. 2. – 17. 3. 2018

Borut Peterlin has in recent years been one of the most agile ambassadors for returning to analogue photography, especially to the wet plate collodion method, not only in Slovenia but on a larger international scale. Through his (hyper) activity in this area, where he enthusiastically embraces the World Wide Web, he is ranked among the leading connoisseurs and promoters of this process. Invented back in 1851, this process is, in the author’s opinion, “a superior medium, better than all the digital ones or film – as far as tonality and resolution are concerned.” With his new project “The Father’s Tale” and the monograph of the same name, Peterlin is yet again in January and February 2018 presenting in the Photon galleries in Ljubljana and Vienna.

“When I was ten, I got burned with petrol. My burns were so severe that I barely survived. I had an extremely difficult time, but only when I became a father, did I recognize, how much more difficult it must have been for my parents! I recognized that the fear of losing a child is much greater than the fear of my own end.
My wife and I separated after 21 years and these images are talking about the loss and distance. These images are talking about attachment. These images are talking about photography, acting as a bridge. These images are creating the past. These images are talking about joys and aches of being a father”, the author says about his new series of photographs.

Borut Peterlin studied photography in Prague, where he graduated and thereafter was improving his skills at the Benetton research and creativity centre Fabrica in Italy and then graduating at postgraduate level in London. He is the founder, and was for several years the programme manager of the Fotopub festival and in recent years he cooperated with the Mladina magazine on various commercial projects. Some years ago he became enthused about portraying in the ambrotype process – wet plate collodion process on glass – and then began using this old method as a copyrighted means of expression in contemporary photography.


Photos from the opening