Blur magazine 23
August 31, 2011
Greeting from the Editor-in-Chief
Dear BLUR magazine reader,
It is my pleasure to welcome you to our e-zine dedicated to creative photography.
While launching BLUR several years ago, I was guided by the idea of creating a magazine focusing only on stunning, high-impact photography—regardless of photographic technique—and on its creators, the photographers. My intention was to use BLUR as a response to current photographic hyper-production and through it to encourage readers to reflect more on the images and to experience photography more profoundly.
Today, I’m glad to work with an international team of editors and collaborators who voluntarily support BLUR’s mission of promoting creative photography worldwide. Together, we use the free distribution advantages of the Internet to reach readers in more than 180 countries and to present to them the inspirational work of both prominent artists as well as less-known, but very talented, photographers from around the world.
I invite you to join us and enjoy the diversity of creative photography.
Robert Gojević | founder | editor in chief
PORTFOLIO | Franjo Bahovec, Croatia
In this last installment, Photo Gallery Lang and BLUR magazine are pleased to present the intimate side of Franjo Bahovec, this unique amateur from Samobor, who, through his all-encompassing interest in the medium of photography at the beginning of the 20th century, contributed so much to Croatian photographic heritage. (…) As the fine lady in Bahovec’s photos has exposed herself in the privacy of the home, Bahovec’s photos remained practically untouched for almost a hundred years, stored solely in the emotional memory of the subject and the object.
INSTANTION | Dan Isaac Wallin, Sweden
„I’m trying to freeze a world that I feel I belong in myself, a dreamy melancholic feeling, where my mind often ends up. I return a lot to my roots, and many of my pictures are from journeys I took as a child; from the blue of Sweden, to the black and white desert landscapes of Israel. My pictures are, for me, a reflection on the human need for silence and reflection. Far away are the quick impressions and the daily stress of everyday life, leaving only our original values, roots, and tranquility. What is more elementary then the sea, the mountains, and the earth?“
INTERVIEW | Jaime Ibarra, Spain/USA
„The colors in my work are the same colors I have felt a connection with my entire life. (…) In my case, I “hear” colors, almost as if they were musical notes. Combinations of colors are like combinations of notes and become chords. And just as in music, some chords are dissonant and tense, and some chords are complex and beautiful. In my work—more or less—I just choose colors that make the nicest music together.“
PLAYSTICK | Jennifer Shaw, USA
„Nature/Nurture is really about me “blissing out” on natural wonders – bugs, plants, minutia, both living and not. It’s about looking, finding, collecting and cataloging.“
WET PLATE | Jacqueline Roberts, Germany
„Making ambrotypes is almost like a ceremony; children usually remain posed and calm, almost solemn. The set-up, the framing, the focus—it is all part of a magical process that captures children’s imagination. They seem to grasp the unique nature of collodion, and that gives a sense of occasion to the whole process.“
TETRA | Lionel Orriols, France
„My focus goes onto nature, ephemeral moments and the footprints of the human being on our nature. Long exposures associated with Black and White allow me to create timeless images, between reality and imagination. An oneiric vision, sometimes dark, it’s a wide mix of personal feelings that I try to reveal by writing with the light.“
INTERVIEW | Paolo Roversi, Italy
„I don’t care if the print is digital or analog; what disturbs me is that you can’t touch photographs anymore. I don’t like that. I don’t like images floating on the screen; they look very different from those on paper. For me, a photograph is an object that you should hold in your hand to look at.“
INTERVIEW | Sacha Goldberger, France
Mamika is the continuation of the love story Sacha always had with his 91-year-old Hungarian grandmother, Frederika (Mamika means “my little grandmother” in Hungarian). Frederika was born in Budapest 20 years before World War II. During the war, she risked her own life to courageously save the lives of 11 people. A survivor of Nazi and Communist regimes, she illegally immigrated to France, leaving behind all of her belongings. Five years ago, with the aim of cheering up his grandmother, Sacha suggested they shoot a series of unique photographs.
ANALOG WABI SABI | Nagano Toyokazu, Japan
„When I started, I was taking photos with a camera in order to keep family memories, but I now take photos to create family memories. Therefore, I do not take photos of my family’s facial expressions during everyday moments, or of their natural movements. I take photos by creating fictional scenes after setting up a certain theme in advance and then thinking about what kind of pose would be interesting.“
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