Robert Gojević | founder | editor in chief | art director | design
Born in 1968 in Zagreb, a professional painter, graphic and web designer. Active photographer during last 5-6 years.
When you are a person that always needs to do something creative, and on top of that are a professional painter, photographer, graphic and web designer, you are on a daily basis dealing with thoughts and attempts to create something new and different. However, what you mostly ‘produce’ is bunch of unconnected work that don’t co-exist, which are completely independent. In order to create a magazine, different from what you can find on the market, besides clear vision and creativity you must also posses ambition, be very organized and structured but also a bit crazy, especially if you are working on a non-profitable project. On the other side, creating a photography e-magazine without the burden of high financial costs, such as printing and distribution fees, means freedom and guarantees satisfaction as you can entirely devote yourself to authors and their artistic work. It was this unbelievable feeling of freedom that gave me inspiration and impulse to create a magazine that I would like to see on the market and immediately buy it. After 2 years working on Bulb magazine, I could feel how satisfaction grew with every new issue. But it is now, after first BLUR issue, when I can say that I believe I am on a good track, as it is always the most difficult to primarily satisfy myself.
| author | translator |
My interest in photography dates from my teenage years, at the beginning of 1980s. In these thirty years as an amateur photographer, I have come a long way from an absolute beginner to a photographic connoisseur: I have used all kinds of cameras and photographed all kinds of scenes.
By profession I’m a teacher of English and Sociology, and for the last twenty years I’ve been a professional translator. But, photography has always been a part of my life: sometimes more, and sometimes less – but for the last thirty years, a camera is always with me. As the technology of photography progresses into digital age, I am going the opposite way: I started out with 35mm cameras, then switched to medium format cameras, and ended up with large format cameras. Soon I’ll probably try my hand in photography using dry (or perhaps even wet) plates. In fact, I guess I am also somewhat of an anachronism, since my preferred photographic storage medium is still film.
I am still fascinated by everything related to photography: from its technical aspects and the mechanical precision of old analog cameras, to aesthetics and history of photography.
| editor of the Pinhole & Playstick |
Born in Brazil, Maurício has been involved with photography since taking his very first lessons in high-school in his native hometown of São Paulo. He has lived in London for over ten years where he developed a passion for a more lo-fi approach to photography by using a variety of toy-cameras, pinholes and old cameras mainly found on flea markets.
I love shooting on film and I believe nothing can substitute for the feeling of loading a camera and carefully composing each frame… it’s the “hands on” process that really excites me in photography.
| proofreading |
Michael McAllister is the Director of Public Information & Marketing for a technical college near Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, where he lives. He is also a fine art photographer whose work has been included in international juried shows at Soho Photo in New York City, TCC Photo/Gallery in Texas, and, most recently, as part of the 4th Annual Juried Plastic Camera Show at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. He earned his B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and holds an A.A.S. degree in Photographic Technology.
Michael is a devout believer in the Holga/plastic camera aesthetic who occasionally loses his faith and picks up his digital rangefinder camera instead. He may also be the only die-hard football (soccer) fan in the U.S.—Go Bhoys!
| BLUR Collaborator and Japanese Translator |
Zsolt Scheffer is a Hungarian ex-pat living in Japan. He works in education and finds ways to relieve his daily stress on a football pitch. He’s the kindest of giants with the smallest of frame, but he doesn’t like to shave. He tends to perceive the world in black and white. On 120mm, 135mm or digital media. This helped him to become a member of the Fukuoka-based “efu” photo group.
His work is showcased on his tumblr account: http://yugensch.tumblr.com/
| acting executive editor |
| server & back-end | user support |
A new media & technology enthusiast with experience in journalism, printed media (magazine publishing), online media (news website portals), graphics design, photography, video production and ICT in general, currently focused on business development, project management and public relations.
Areas of interest: everything, really. How could you choose? If I must, I’d single out photography, music, ethics, robotics, science & general technological advances, hi-tech gadgetry, green technologies and pretty much anything related to the modern fast-paced, hi-tech lifestyle and business.
Superpower: skill collection. If it can be done, I most probably want to know how.
| developer | webmaster |
We are looking for:
| volunteers |
We are looking for:
Editors for some of the columns in the magazine. If you’re communicative and know good English, we’re already intrigued. Now you just have to convince us that you are the ideal person that we’re looking for—you’re a fan of photography, not photo equipment.
Editors of short news for the BLUR website. Since we’re not interested in that hot new camera or lens out in the market, tell us what would you could occasionally write for our news—in your own English words, not copy/paste.
Editors for Twitter. BLUR has never had editors for our Twitter account, and, if possible, we urgently need to change that. Worth a try, right?
Copywriter. Why not you? Why do we not have associates in this field?
Marketing expert. We have never taken advantage of our potential. In the end, no matter how loved photography is—and everything we do is because we love it—experience has shown that there is no progress without money.
Therefore, we invite interested parties to contact us. Although we are roughly defining what are we looking for, we are open to suggestions and ideas for a simple reason: We are a very unique team. First of all, we are volunteers; there is no money in what we do. All we offer is the opportunity to have your name associated with BLUR and become appreciated and recognized by fans of photography from around the world. We offer you a challenge and some fun that comes with tasks that are not overwhelming (except, of course, what I give myself) and the satisfaction of being part of a team that creates a magazine read widely throughout the world.
Anyone interested may contact us with an explanation of why you’re perfect for us!