Issue 16

December / January / February 2009

Cover photo: Claude Tenot
PDF size: 24 MB
Pages: 183

CLOSE-UP | Claude Tenot, Switzerland
PROJECT | Mario Leko, Croatia
INSTANTION | Paul Giambarba, USA
PROJECT | Max Juhasz, Croatia
INTERVIEW | Ivica Bralic, Croatia

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BLUR no. 16

December / January / February 2009

Recognitions and praises were unselfishly coming from different parts of the world, so besides being placed among 40 biggest and best online photo magazines in the world, BLUR magazine very soon became the exclusive media sponsor of the Impossible Project. This international collaboration granted us with the best possible birthday gift – organization of a big analogue photography exhibition entitled THE BEST POLAROID PHOTO. Apart from including the biggest ‘shoots’ of the Impossible Project into the contest, we will provide some really attractive prizes that will highlight, in the best way, the rebirth of instant analogue photography art.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief


Claude Tenot, Switzerland


“With a female model it’s easier for me to build a story, to create that timeless mood which is the signature of my photos. What I like above all is to celebrate grace and femininity. Each photo session is just like a caressing brush, a succession of vibrations, a musical score. It’s often difficult for me to find the right sounds with a male model. In my everyday work, men also meet the focus of my camera, but those are generally speaking rather classical pictures, used for curriculum-vitae, press or working files.”


Mario Leko, Croatia


“I would like to be a silent observer but my presence is so loud and still not enough, I need people, friends, lovers: I want them to be part of my ideas, ideas that I have about them. I want to shut down “life” for a moment; I`m not trying to document the reality, I`m trying to document an illusion or, paradoxically – “a feeling”; the other rather rarely shows up on negatives because it depends on what cannot be captured, and what forces me to be the hunter.”


Paul Giambarba, USA


Paul Giambarba is a famous and indeed a very interesting name in the world of design and product branding. When I started exploring his work, I contacted him via e-mail and, by coincidence, on his 81st birthday. Moreover, he revealed some more interesting things. His daughter-in-law, and therefore his grandchildren, have Croatian origins, while the Giambarbas come from a small town near Termoli in Italy. Our correspondence turned out to be very interesting and inspirational, which made me suggest that we show overview of his Polaroid related work that he explained in details on his blog. He even let me use photographs of his design work.

Polaroid in Female Hands | Isidora Vujosevic

Polaroids provoke special feelings in people while looking at them. And what are women without emotions? They are fish without water. So we asked Fernanda what kind of emotions she tries to provoke.

“I am interested in telling stories and expressing myself through visuals. Polaroid and its dreamy, blurred quality is the perfect means for me to do that. Intense and intimate, I cannot think of a better way to communicate my feelings than to let these precious little squares do the talking”, says the Uruguay-British artist.

It is time for a new beginning | Damir Sirola

Why do we love children’s drawings? I would compare most Polaroids exactly with children’s drawings, containing a component of fantasy that kids ‘squeeze’ into reality and consider this to be normal, the same fantasy that usually limits photographic media. Each photographer that is fond of Polaroid should be asked how he or she felt at the fist moment of using this instant technique? Why exactly this imperfect Polaroid, among millions of pixels or perfectly corrected lenses? Is there any more space in our brains for functioning as children’s, on a level that does not separate fantasy from reality? Is there better media to transfer these waves than Polaroid? Probably not.


Max Juhasz, Croatia


“It’s impossible for me to forget the exhilaration and awe I felt at the train station upon arriving to Zagreb for the very first time. The desire to get to know the city, and all my youthful fantasies of the beautiful things it will bestow on me… this was something special. It’s like a game of seduction between two strangers attracted to one another. And Zagreb has indeed bestowed many beautiful things on me: my job, love, family, home, friends and – most importantly – a place where I can feel at home, where I belong.”


Ivica Bralic, Croatia


“Vision, sounds somewhat heroic. Like if you were making a sacrifice or doing something noble. It seems to me I don’t posses such a vision and I don’t know where this road I’m on is taking me. I try to express myself according to my convictions and views, to create communication and discover new possibilities through playful experimenting. One could call this a vision or a goal. But there is much room for progress and development. For instance, I would like to work more with people and know how to organize the job better, be more systematic and more thought through. Sometimes it seems to me that the work of a photographer is more in finding a way, finding people, making arrangements for this and that, organizing oneself – than the sole act of photographing. On the other hand, I would like to use my instincts a bit more; to learn how to feel that joyous moment or how to provoke happiness. I believe this makes up a great part of photographer’s work. This is what seems valuable to me and a path for my development in photography.”


Various authors

BLUR Issue 16

December / January / February 2009
  1. Gone | 220684 | http://220684.deviantart.com | Indonesian
  2. The body leaves | Enrique Verdugo | http://enriquever.com/thepath | Chile
  3. Buba | Vladimir Živković | http://oriontrail.deviantart.com | Croatia
  4. Before morning dew | Hannah Albrecht | http://empyria.deviantart.com | Germany
  5. Mata hari | Andreas Kämpf | http://fotoblog.refocus.de | Germany
  6. Demon Eyes | Sanja Kulušić | http://sweethooligan-she.deviantart.com | Croatia
  7. Radni dan | romeo starcevic | Croatia
  8. Berries | Bjorn van Sinttruije | http://www.flickr.com/photos/bjornvansinttruije | The Netherlands
  9. In the abandoned lot III | Fenia Labropoulou | http://lafenia.com | Greece
  10. Butterfly Science II. | Ino Zeljak | http://www.inozeljak-photography.com | Croatia
  11. Broken Window | Carmen Gonzalez | http://www.carmengonzalez.org | The Netherlands
  12. Knight | piotr biegaj, iczek | http://piotrbiegaj.com | Poland
  13. Chaos in the water | Dimita | http://photo.net/photos/choonga | Macedonia
  14. Zoo II | nathan appel | Rytis Gervickas | Lithuania
  15. Oops, sorry darling | Zilvinas Valeika | http://www.fotopoezija.com | Lithuania
  16. Angel of the sea | Giovanni Cattabiani | http://katta80.deviantart.com | France
  17. Milkyway | Katrin Kirojood | http://www.kirojood.se | Sweden
  18. Losing my soul on business trip | Matthieu G | http://mg-photographies.com | France
  19. Cekaj!! | Goran Vuković | Croatia
  20. Brooklyn, NY Fall | David Steele Overholt | http://www.davidoverholt.com | USA
  21. Face conntrol | GIORGI SHENGELIA | http://photomoment.bg/folder/show/573 | Georgia
  22. Front Line | Elina Lukas | http://www.flickr.com/photos/elinalukas | Estonia
  23. Girl in Gallery | Paul Patrick Borhaug | http://www.flickr.com/photos/paulborhaug | Norway
  24. Table Mountain ( Cape Town SA ) | Milan Josipovic | http://www.milanjosipovic.net | Serbia