CLOSE UP Yevgen Romanenko

CLOSE UP Yevgen Romanenko

BLUR magazine: How much does success depend on the talent of the photographer, and how much of it is hard work?

Yevgen Romanenko: I don’t know about talent; I think that the main thing is a sense for it and practice, for sure.

BLUR magazine: Your photographs are fashion, beauty, nudes, and portraits. Which kind of photography represents the biggest challenge for you and why?

Yevgen Romanenko: The biggest challenge for me is a nude because it’s too easy to cross the line from beauty to vulgarity.

 

Yevgen Romanenko presented in BLUR 37 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

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Holga Week

Holga Week

Celebrate the beloved Holga camera during “Holga Week”! Shoot as much as you can during the week of July 21-27, 2014, and challenge yourself to create some great work with your Holga products. This will be a week of shooting Holga photos, and sharing them with all of the other Holga lovers out there!

Click on the “Submit” page and you will be able to enter up to three of your favorite photos taken during this week and be eligible to win prizes generously donated by Holga Inspire (the creators of the Holga).  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014 at midnight EST. Read more…

Equinox Wet Plate Contest Cancellation

Equinox Wet Plate Contest Cancellation

Dear BLUR fans, dear Equinox competition applicant, jury members and sponsors,

Optimism in life is important, but sometimes things simply don’t go your way. BLUR magazine has always strived to bring our audiences excellence through hard work and enthusiasm, but regardless of our best efforts we’ve sometimes failed. The reason for this is is that we’re always motivated by our love for photography, never focusing on the monetary and mathematical side of the equation. In such a work atmosphere we’ve been able to get away with a touch of naivety and fantasy, and such was the case with the Equinox Wet Plate Collodion competition we tried to launch over the last couple of months.

We’re using past tense because – we failed. In spite of our great efforts over the last few years to promote the collodion process through our Wet Plate section by interviewing photographers, showcasing their work and discovering and nurturing this very small community, we couldn’t realize enough traction for our competition to soar. We’ve had great response from the wet plate community after launching the competition, we brought aboard amazing sponsors and an exceptional jury, we’ve had Facebook announcements, forum announcements, press releases and other usual media coverage but despite all that – wet plate photos simply didn’t trickle in. The response from the photographers themselves simply isn’t big enough to warrant a competition. Even if suddenly things turned around and if we were to receive last-minute entries, BLUR wouldn’t have the time required to produce and jury this competition at the level of quality expected from our magazine. BLUR never compromises on quality, especially when it comes to things we love – so we’re forced to close Equinox prematurely. Read more…

limited edition book

limited edition book

Yevgen Romanenko presented in BLUR 37 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-to-self-publish-limited-edition-photography-book-women-portraits-and-nudes

ABOUT ME and MY BOOK:

After such amazing and adventurous 3 years art journey I finally decided it’s time to turn my photos into unique thing – a beautiful art book. And I need your help to realise the photo book. Read more…

Neutral Density Photography Awards

Neutral Density Photography Awards

Neutral Density Photography Awards (ND Awards) invites photographers worldwide to submit their work for the ND Awards 2014. ND Awards 2014 is now accepting entries. Select your best work, submit your photos and have a chance at over $5,000 in cash prizes!

Participants can competete for the title: ND Photographer of the Year Award in 6 main categories: Advertising, Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special.

All images will be viewed and judged by prestigious international jury: Eileen O’Donnell (The Wall Street Journal, USA), Alexa Becker (Kehrer Verlag, Germany), Paul Greenaway (Greenaway Art Gallery, Australia), Amanda Gorence (Feature Shoot Magazine, USA) Seiji Komatsu (Emon Photo Gallery, Japan), Fernando Peracho (Valid Foto Gallery, Spain), Susan Spiritus (Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA), Kathrin Köhler (Immagis, Germany), Casey Hanrahan (Gilman Contemporary, USA), Renya Tanaka (Tokyo Arts Gallery, Japan), Rod Clark (Formatt-Hitech, USA), Thiago Guimaraes (Galeria Chroma, Brasil), Stephen Strother (Strother Fine Art, Germany), Veneta Zaharieva (PhotoBulletin, Bulgaria), Katy Daly (McGaw Graphics, USA), Jean-Paul Brunot (Editions Braun, France), Maciek Zielinski (Digital Camera Magazine, Poland).

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Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the world’s premier photographic contest.
Visit: http://www.ndawards.net

Fotofestiwal: Roger Ballen, Alex Webb, Brian Griffin

Fotofestiwal: Roger Ballen, Alex Webb, Brian Griffin

The biggest names at Fotofestiwal: Roger Ballen, Alex Webb, Brian Griffin

Depeche Mode, The Clash, Placebo, Queen, R.E.M., Iggy Pop. These are just a few examples of the world music stars who will appear at the 13th edition of Fotofestiwal, courtesy of Brian Griffin’s photographs. However, Griffin does not owe the international acclaim he gained to the big names. Already in 1989 The Guardian pronounced him “Photographer of the Decade”. Life magazine put his photo entitled A Broken Frame on the cover of its “Best Photography of the 1980s” special issue. Already on June 7 Griffin will himself launch his DisCover Phototgraphy exhibition at Monopolis in Łódź, a large post-industrial space. Brian Griffin is a highly respected artist in the world of photography. There are people who do not recognize celebrities he photographs, and yet adore Griffin’s images. Read more…

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER

YOUR CHALLENGE: PRODUCE ONE OF THE TOP 101 PHOTOS FOR THE BOOK!
INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER 
OF THE YEAR 2014 – ENTRIES CLOSE 30 MAY 2014

Do you have a landscape photograph that’’s worthy to be included with the World’s best for 2014? Here’s your chance to test yourself and the opportunity to be included in a beautiful, limited edition hard-cover landscape photography book. The same book will be available for general sale in a variety of formats, including a free eBook which will be distributed widely around the globe. Wouldn’t it be great to have one of your photographs inside? Read on to find out how!

http://www.internationallandscapephotographer.com/
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FOTOINVENTS

FOTOINVENTS

FOTOINVENTS is a small Spanish manufacture held by Pep Mayugo, devoted to the production of analogue photography accessories and the restauration of old analogue cameras. Fotoinvents manufactures equipment that is especially useful for wet plate photography, such as the plate drying rack that holds up to 12 aluminum or glass plates (up to 3 mm thickness per plate, up to 13 x 18 cm in surface area). The rack is foldable for easy storage and weighs around 100 gram. At the Equinox competition, we’re giving away a total of 8 of these useful accessories for wet plate photographers. Read more…

Scully & Osterman Still Life exhibition in Tokyo

Scully & Osterman Still Life exhibition in Tokyo

Scully & Osterman Still Life exhibition in Tokyo

http://www.pgi.ac/

https://www.facebook.com/pgi.jp

 

2014.4.23-5.31 : フランス・スカリー・オスターマン&マーク・オスターマン「STILL LIFE」
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フランス・スカリー・オスターマン「STILL LIFE」2014年4月23日(水)− 5月31日(土)レセプション 5月8日(木)18:00より

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EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX
Open from March 20th to September 23rd 2014
INTERNATIONAL WETPLATE CONTEST

http://www.blur-magazine.com/wetplate

For photographers who practice the art of collodion, the most interesting part of the 2014 Wet Plate Year project is the international contest Equinox. The name is derived from the interequinoctial duration of the contest – it will be open between the spring and autumn equinoxes, March 20st to September 21st 2014. The reason for such a long duration is the condition that all photos entered into the competition must be new and unique, created especially for this occasion and never before published. These strict rules are a corollary of the small size of the wet plate community. The members of the jury are likely to already know many of the participants, so originality and novelty is the only way to ensure anonymity of the participants and thus reduce the chances of conflict of interest during the judging process. The interequinoctial period, we hope, will be one of great creativity. Read more…

Plastic Fantastic Show V – Call for Submissions

Plastic Fantastic Show V - Call for Submissions

Deadline for entries – Midnight, Sunday, May 11, 2014

Juror – Susan Burnstine

Entry Guidelines

Entry Form

LightBox is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the fifth annual Plastic Fantastic Show. We wish to stay true to pure film photography using plastic, pinhole, box or homemade cameras. No digital photography will be considered. LightBox appreciates photographic images made with plastic “toy” cameras and established this show to celebrate the gallery’s anniversary every year. Read more…

Revela-T | the only analog photography festival

Revela-T | the only analog photography festival

Revela-T is a photo festival aiming to be a meeting point for lovers of photography and especially for passionates of analogue photography. 

The amount of amateurs and professionals enthusiastic with analog photography grows daily. This is why we think necessary to devote few days and a space to share experiences, knowledge, set up contacts with other people, institutions and companies working in the same direction. We want to encourage fans, especially those who see in these procedures another possibility to explore, without being limited by a single system.

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New55 FILM is a new instant 4×5 film

New55 FILM is a new instant 4x5 film

New55 FILM is a new instant 4×5 film that produces a superb negative, and a positive print too.

As a New55 FILM backer you will be making history.  But you will also be constructing the future of Post-Digital professional darkroomless analog photography.  Here, we — a group of artists (from every continent) — will take up the means of production.  Where large-scale industrial capacity has failed to adapt to the major technological and behavioral shifts from the rise of digital photography, a small-scale factory that is modular, scalable, and humane in its flexibility will begin manufacturing an important and necessary photographic material — New55 FILM.  We now have the opportunity and the responsibility to make it happen.

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Igor Vasiliadis Silver Magic

Igor Vasiliadis Silver Magic

Igor Vasiliadis presented in BLUR 20 | WET PLATE section by Robert Gojević

BLUR | Career magazine listed you among the 10 best Russian photographers. Croatia is a small country, and so being among the 10 best here is actually negligible on the global scale. However, having in mind the size and the population of Russia, and a very strong photographic scene there, such acknowledgment has a much more importance. How did this reflect upon your work?

Igor | Due to the fact of some popularity in Russia I shifted to more frequent celebrities shooting. Also these ratings are helpful for my art projects as no one refuses my proposals for making images that I want even if they are close to taboo :) Read more…

Victoria Will: Sundance Tintype Portraits

Victoria Will: Sundance Tintype Portraits

This collection showcases tintype portraits that were all taken at the Sundance Film Festival by photographer Victoria Will. A tintype photograph is a direct positive on a thin sheet of iron, coated with a lacquer or enamel as the photographic emulsion. Tintypes originally were used during the 1860’s to 1870’s. Victoria Will is a contributing photographer for Invision and has covered the Sundance Film Festival for the last four years.

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BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine has decided to make 2014 the WET PLATE year. Apart from my personal interest in Wet Plate, there is another particular reason for this decision. I have been following the wet plate scene for a few years now, and I have done about 20 interviews so far with the wet plate photographers (thanks to Denis and Goga for their help), some of the most famous and most interesting in the world. During that time, I have been gradually collecting the equipment (an ongoing process) in order to join that magical practice—but I have also faced many problems, which in turn influenced my desire to do my best to promote the wet plate scene.

Therefore, besides several special BLUR issues being prepared, I am proud to officially announce EQUINOX, the first international Wet Plate contest and quite possibly the first wet plate contest since the process was invented in 1851. The contest will begin on the first day of spring and will last until the first day of autumn, a period in which the wet plate scene will be the focus of our interest.

On the cover of our first issue in 2014 is the work of a very interesting, creative, and honored artist, Mark Osterman, who is probably a household name for the majority of wet-platers. The reasons for this, and the reason I chose Mark to be a juror in our wet plate contest, will be clear in the series of very interesting interviews to be presented in the Wet Plate section of BLUR this year.

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Photography Book -Women,portraits and nudes

ABOUT ME and MY BOOK:

After such amazing and adventurous 2 years art journey I finally decided it’s time to turn my photos into unique thing – a beautiful art book. And I need your help to realise the photo book.

My name is Yevgen Romanenko. I am a self-taught professional photographer.

I’m an award winning photographer. I live in Odessa but originally comes from Budapest. My artistic skills developed quite early, since childhood i has been fascinated with fine art. My adventure with photography began at the end of 2010 and in a short time from a hobby developed into a true passion and a professional occupation. I specialize in beauty, fashion, advertising and fine art nudes photography. My eye for capturing authentic human characteristics and expressions is revealed in a unique, painterly style. I’m known for my perfectionism and my photographs are delicate, yet at the same time bright and vivid.

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Photo of the month | January 2014 | People’s voice

Photo of the month | January 2014 | People's voice

BLUR 35 Photo of the month by Sander van Laar

Author: Sander van Laar
Country: Netherlands
Web: www.pixellaar.nl
Photo: Steamfun
Issue: BLUR 35

Where: “Steamfun” is made in a little studio in Almere , Netherlands (nearby Veenendaal), by a great friend.
It is my first high fashion shoot for steampunk magazine 2011. I put a smokemachine into his jacket and let the game begin :D. When I watch this picture I always have fun with it because the smoke in his jacket was so hot! Read more…

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

We’ve been liked by more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for all your support over the years, especially during 2013 which proved to be one of the most challenging in BLUR’s history. At the start of 2013 we had only 8.000 fans, a buggy server and couldn’t handle the stress of our growing fanbase. A year later we’re stronger than ever, with a whopping 375% yearly growth! The fact that we’ve been able to promote exceptional photographers worldwide to such a fast growing audience without delays, while switching servers and building a new website makes us really proud. We even switched from a quartely to a bi-monthly publication schedule, which means we now have to go through a lot more photographs every month to maintain a quality selection. It’s a lot of work for a small non-profit organization, but you guys make it all worth it. Thanks for putting up with our quirks and the occasional error, thanks for sending us so many letters and e-mails (and sorry if we sometimes don’t reply, we’re working on improving that!) and thanks for spreading the word about the amazing photography we’re discovering every two months. Read more…

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

BLUR 34 Photo of the month by Felicia Simion

Author: Felicia Simion
Country: Romania
Web: https://www.facebook.com/felicia.simion.photography
Photo: Boundless
Issue: BLUR 34

The photo was taken one year ago somewhere in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. I used a Canon 7D with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the help of two other persons to hold the chair and help with the camera. It was later edited in Photoshop CS3. Read more…

The Polaroid Museum Project

Most museums are founded by a few wealthy donors who believe in an idea and want to make all the decisions. When we set out to design The Polaroid Museum that traditional arrangement didn’t feel true to our brand. We’ve always put cameras in the hands of the people, allowing them to instantly capture and share memories, and so we wanted to crowdsource our founding body, establishing that authentic connection to the people and the social experience. We’ve come to Indiegogo to find our founders.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-polaroid-museum-project

 

http://www.polaroidfotobar.com/

https://www.facebook.com/polaroid.fotobar

FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

Special FREE issue of BLUR magazine, BLUR gallery 36 | vol. 1 is now online – FREE DOWNLOAD

Dear BLUR magazine fans, supporters, art lovers and photography junkies – friends:

We are wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR with a little present from our team!

Our special issue, BLUR GALLERY 2013 | vol. 1, brings you a collection of beautiful photos published during 2013 in the section GALLERY 36. This section presents authors from all over the world who send us their best and most interesting photos, regardless of the subject and photo technique. This special issue will become a regular practice, and will remain free.
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