Issue 19

September / October / November 2010

Cover photo: Karel Vojkovský
PDF size: 90 MB
Pages: 268

CLOSE-UP | Karel Vojkovský, Czech Republic
PROJECT | Martina Kenji, Croatia
 | Mike Hoban, UK
PLAYSTICK | Goran Popović, Croatia
ANALOG WABI SABI | Denis Pleić, Croatia
TETRA | Alain Etchepare, France

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BLUR no. 19

September / October / November 2010

How time flies… It has been exactly one year since we made some changes in Bulb’s editorial team, which resulted in an unexpected name change, but also introduced some novelties in the structure of our magazine.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief


Karel Vojkovský, Czech Republic


Q: People generally believe that people who love their body and work hard on it, like to show it off. Probably you know the best, is it difficult to find models for your photos?

A: “Yes, it is generally true. People work hard with their bodies in different ways – this inclu­des athletes, body-builders, gymnasts, figure skaters or dancers. Each sport forms the figure differently and the mind of the model too, of course – and it is useful to pe­rceive these varieties. It would not be fun if it were easy to find the necessary models. This way of looking for new people is often casual and always interesting. I do really like people I meet – everybody is unique.”


Martina Kenji, Croatia


“I was thrilled to hear about the upcoming ‘Dancing in the street festival’, the big street party in the center of Zagreb, during which the city becomes one, joined in music and dance. And thus Zagreb became a big dance floor, from Tkalčićeva, over the Ban Jelačić square, all the way to Zrinjevac and Cvjetni square. It all looked fantastic, the whole city was full, and everyone was happy and dancing. There was this beautiful positive energy and the vibes of good music from all sides. Somehow we hoped that the forecasted rain would not fall, but in the evening it started raining, and all the merry dancers got wet…. but, this is precisely when the real magic started happening… no one ran away, some did hid, but for some this was the right moment to give it their best, and show it through dance… all of us wa­tching were fascinated and thankful for that wonderful moment and the bliss which we shared.”


Mike Hoban, UK


“The vagiaries of polaroid are never more apparant than images created through the SX-70. When I shot my first SX-70 films in Florence I knew ‘instantly’ that this was the future of my photography, even though the camera failed after only 4 sheets. Shooting Polaroid requires me to think about planning and achieving, but without the assurance that it will actutally happen and that is very exci­ting. Having taken the shot, I am forced to rely on the ecentric mechanics of a 40-year old camera spitting out an equally ecentric cocktail of paper and chemicals .… it’s a total lottery, and I love it. More and more I find myself shooting the Pola, putting it away immediately, before it has even processed, and not looking at it many hours later, by which time it is far too late to re-shoot. It is all part of placing your trust in something that is totally out of your control, and adds the the sense of anticipation that cannot be replicated in any other form of photography.”


Goran Popović, Croatia


He was not one of the attendants of Hoyka’s photo academy. 🙂

Last year he volunteered in building the elementary school in Nepal, he taught English to the future Tibetan monks in a temple in Tibet. In June he takes off for New York, to work on the NYFD project – documentary photography of the lives of the New York firefighters. For that project he has personally designed and made business cards which are burned.

In July he will be on the expedition in the far away Indonesia, he will photograph dragons on the Komodo island, cannibals on Papua New Guinea, tribes on Borneo… In 90 % of the cases he uses only cheap plastic cameras. He adores the Polaroids. Currently working as a photographer for Disney Cruise Line.


Denis Pleić, Croatia


“For me, the wabi–sabi aesthetic in photography is a reduction of all things extraneous, leaving us to concentrate only on the most important, a kind of zen moment, a moment of enlighte­nment, a kind of visual “satori”… I discovered Rinko Kawauchi only recently, and I believe she is the embodiment of this “wabi–sabi” experience of the world. The reduction to the primary (pastel) color, basic visual element, separation of important from unimportant, showing the beauty of a moment in time: sadness, longing, beauty, loneliness. Zen experience. Beauty and sadness because of its passing. Mono no aware.”


Alain Etchepare, France


“During the Middle Ages, Cathars devoted themselves to a Christian movement judged as heretic by the Catholic Church. They were grouped together in southern France (Pays d’Oc). In 1208, a crusade began against Catharism that would end with genocide, in the name of God… All these places I photographed, where Cathars tried to take refuge, witnessed this merciless cruelty.”


Various authors

BLUR Issue 19

September / October / November 2010
  1. Croatia | http://photo.net/photos/_NeveN | Neven Jurkovic The world makes a path for people who follow the Sun lan
  2. Germany | http://www.boundlessmind.net | Sven Fennema the old winery
  3. Italy | http://www.flickr.com/photos/aurorademasi | Aurora Demasi | Lovers
  4. USA | http://sothy-eng.com | Sothy Eng | The Truck
  5. India | http://www.flickr.com/photos/lakshmi | Lakshmi Prahaka | Gods and mere mortal
  6. Italy | ugo frosi | the Passengers
  7. USA | http://www.freelandphotography.net | Chris Freeland | Robbers Roost Tree
  8. Croatia | http://kozjakphoto.blogspot.com/ | Boris Kozjak | Interakcija
  9. USA | http://albertobevacqua.com | Alberto Bevacqua | Velocity
  10. Romania | http://www.ioannicolae.ro | Ioan Nicolae | Star Dust
  11. Serbia | Mladen Jordanov | Ni jedan dan života
  12. France | http://www.laurentmiaille.com | Laurent Miaille | The Lonesome fisherman
  13. India | http://www.flickr.com/photos/arindam_thokder/ | Arindam Thokder | The Lepcha Family
  14. Croatia | http://www.gralpix.com | Srđan Graovac | Turban Cola
  15. Croatia | http://denis.pleic.com/ | Denis Pleić | V´s back
  16. Croatia | Ddinko Neskulis | Igra
  17. Germany | http://www.bicolored.eu | Uwe Baeuchle | trees #VII
  18. USA | http://www.cmoodyphoto.com | Christopher Moody | Hatch
  19. USA | http://www.schaharazad.carbonmade.com | Sarah Rose Smiley | weathered, down
  20. Iran | Salar Salari | Silent Party
  21. Russia | http://juriyronzhin.portfolio.artlimited.net/ | Juriy Ronzhin | If
  22. Wales | http://www.benmillarcole.com | Ben Millar CoLE | Pierre
  23. Australia | http://paulvankan.com | Paul van Kan| Tom Woodward
  24. Lithuania/Estonia/USA | http://www.martynas.org | Martynas Milkevicius | Dead Horse Mill