Issue 30

April / May 2013

Cover photo: Jody Ake
PDF size: 128 MB
Pages: 219

CLOSE-UP | Mahesh Balasubramanian, India
 | Mac Oller, Poland
 | Jody Ake, USA
 | Caleb Jenkins, USA
PLAYSTICK | James Arnold, UK
 | Ky Lewis, UK
ANALOG WABI SABI | Shirobayashi Kiriko, Japan
TETRA | Alexei Krasnikov, Russia
 | Hans Kruse, Denmark
OPEN | Robert Hutinski, Slovenia
PROEYECT | Zoltan Bekefy

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BLUR no. 30

April / May 2013

If I had a say in it, the New Year would begin in spring instead of in the middle of winter. Watching the beauty of nature’s reawakening, one can only see it as a new beginning. However, we humans aren’t dormant during the winter like the rest of the natural world, so the calendar New Year is a good as time as any to make decisions whose results might bloom in spring.

Our BLUR team had a very active winter and set some ambitious goals for 2013, and we’re waiting for the first results to sprout and show their colors. However, we still have some work to do to get everything ready, and what’s not yet done in spite of our wishes can be conveniently blamed on the unexpectedly long winter and cold days. ;)

This issue is somewhat different from our usual crop, as we’re doing our best to avoid predictability. Our cover page usually features an attractive female model, but this time we chose an artistic portrait of a handsome man. And in this issue, CLOSE UP is dedicated to portraits, mostly of children and the elderly, while INSTANTION focuses on agriculture and nature instead of people and architecture. OPEN features the theme of couples in love, while PROEYECT brings us simple summer reminiscence. To avoid sounding like an advertising jingle, I’ll let you discover everything for yourself – continue on to enjoy 200 pages of the best creative photography in the world that we could uncover for you.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief


Mahesh Balasubramanian, India


“By tradition, India is rich in colors. Our tradition/culture, streets, houses, and wherever you go, you see lots of color. I too love colors. I have seen many black and white photos/movies of legends. Those inspired me and got into my photography. I prefer black and white when it comes to portraits. The primary subject in most of my portraits is the eyes. I strive to portray the inner heart and soul through the expressions in the eyes. I believe that through the subject’s eyes and expression, one can get a feeling of the person’s emotions, state of mind, happiness or sorrow. For this, I don’t want color to distract from what I want to show the world.”


Mac Oller, Poland


“From the moment I released a shutter for the first time, photography to me became more than just a hobby. It is mostly an individual way of looking at the world, observing reality through the prism of frame and composition.”


Jody Ake, USA


„I believe collodion is attractive to most people right now because it is the opposite of digital. With digital we can take hundreds of images without much thought. The effort to take a photograph has been diminished to just the push of a button. Instead of spending the day in the darkroom, photographers now spend their time in front of computers. The lack of physical interaction with the photograph has caused many artists to disassociate themselves with the process of making images. Collodion requires the photographer to interact with every step of the image-making process.“


Caleb Jenkins, USA


“My love lies in the world of film. I began experimenting with an old family SLR from the 70s, and I cherished every bit of it. The fact that the photos would exist in a physical form after development was enthralling to me. With each new roll of film being shot, my curiosity grew larger.”


James Arnold, UK


“James Arnold is a small, bald photographer and graphic designer, originally from Northern England. He likes cheese and pickle sandwiches, composting, and holidays in Cornwall. General hobbies include cycling along country lanes, feeding garden birds, playing the ukulele, and starting small fires.”


Ky Lewis, UK


“This series of images looks into the transience of the figure in the landscape both at the coast and further inland. The draw of the coastal setting was important to me because I needed to capture moments in time that reflected both the ephemeral nature of the figure against an ever-shifting background.”


Shirobayashi Kiriko, Japan


„Being raised as a traditional Japanese girl in this chaotic world, I have experienced many inconsistencies. Japan is like a dumpling in which mixed and minced contents are wrapped neatly. I have been incorporating traditional Japanese philosophy and culture into my work with an attempt to form my own interpretations of Japanese tradition.“


Alexei Krasnikov, Russia


„The sea – on some days it was calm and quiet, on others it was energetic, throwing tons of water onto solid rocks. The sky changed rapidly from dramatic to peaceful. And what was very important, all of this could be enjoyed in a lonely atmosphere, with almost no people around. I concentrated totally on the Islands, on the energy they radiated and emotions they woke in me. I watched the sea. I watched the rocks. I watched their interaction.“


Hans Kruse, Denmark


„Yes, I love nature very much, like the pure and wild nature, but I really also love the cultivated landscapes with human elements (rural landscape and villages). During the workshops I organize, we have wonderful moments sharing the experience of being in nature at, for example, early sunrises with the serene beauty and calmness of a cold morning when the light slowly illuminates the landscape. The most beautiful moments are not necessarily those that make the best photographs though.“


Robert Hutinski, Slovenia


„In contrast to his most recent images, which try to steal the attention of viewers with shallow, straightforward, mostly-artificial beauty, here Hutinski uses the prettiness to encourage the emotional journey, forcing us to think and re-think basic understandings of identity, personality, longing, enjoyment, phantasm, wish, love, solipsism, and relationship.“


Zoltan Bekefy


„I have been tirelessly exploring scenes of nature near and far, trying to capture those magical moments and transform them into eternal art. Now I am devoting my passion to landscape photography. My photography focuses on grand landscapes of oceans, skies, and mountains as well as fine natural substances. My ultimate goal is to capture the true beauty of nature around us.“


Various authors

BLUR Issue 30

April / May 2013
  1. Mancini Lorenzo | Mélissa | https://www.facebook.com/mancinilorenzophotography | Belgium
  2. Serge Bouvet | Portrait of dhalit of Kathputli colony | http://sergebouvet.com | France
  3. Marjan Apostolovic | Abandoned | http://www.flickr.com/photos/marre4782 | Serbia
  4. Dmitriy Orlov | The shadow of the sun | http://blue-velvet.ru | Russia
  5. Marco Virgone | Depression | http://19564.portfolio.artlimited.net | Italy
  6. Sandra Strazdaite | To listen | http://amenta.carbonmade.com/ | Lithuania
  7. Elise Raffa | Allapattah Flats | http://www.eliseraffa.com | USA
  8. Jignesh Chauhan | Star Dust | http://www.jchauhan.com | England
  9. Nick Moore | Integration | http://zonephotography.co.uk | UK
  10. Karolina Ryvolova | Shade | http://ryvolova.wix.com/portfolio | Czech republic
  11. Jason Mitchell | Alexis 01 | http://ransommitchell.com | United States
  12. Pedro Diaz Molins | Levitation | http://www.flickr.com/photos/piterart/ | Spain
  13. Tijana Jovanović | Nagl | Srbija
  14. Melissa Anderson | Water Contamination | http://melissa-anderson.com | USA
  15. Maureen Maliha | Artifacts | www.trilliumgallery.com/maureen-maliha.html |USA
  16. Riz Sasue | Victimize | Indonesia
  17. Fabienne Collard | La partition de Noël | http://19477.portfolio.artlimited.net | Belgium
  18. Jade Danielle Smith | self portrait 35mm | www.jadedaniellesmith.com | England
  19. Vladimir Milovanović | Rope Of Madness | www.facebook.com/VladimirMilovanovicPhotography | Serbia
  20. Mervyn Dublin | Beauty is in the eye of the beholder | Malaysia
  21. Carmelita Iezzi | Looking over | www.carmelitaiezzi.com | Italy
  22. Marco Iozzi | Tree and fog | http://marcoiozzi.4ormat.com/photography | Italy
  23. Jonathan Arthur Staves | Echo Nittolitto | USA
  24. Ioan Nicolae | Electra | www.ioannicolae.ro | Romania
  25. Charmaine Chamberlain | The Darkness of Every Crossroad | www.exhibit07.org | Australia
  26. Ryoma Aoki | lines | http://d.hatena.ne.jp/g-aoki | Japan
  27. Veronika Otepková | The Room | www.veronikaotepkova.estranky.sk | Slovakia
  28. Marianne Ellis | Lost in this world | www.excelphotography.com.au | Australia
  29. Rafal Michalak | justine | http://rafalmichalak.com | Poland
  30. Studio ado | Wall | www.flickr.com/photos/studio_ado| Serbia
  31. Noe Lozano | Rose Garden | www.nolophoto.com | USA
  32. Anemites (Luciana Rodriguez) | Dancing with the universe | www.facebook.com/Anemites.Art | Argentina
  33. Linked Ring Photography (Dan Kennedy and Nicole Truax) | Pianist |http://linkedringphotography.com | USA
  34. Ivan Gudić | Lucija | www.facebook.com/pages/IGudić-Photography | Croatia
  35. Ekaterina Musatkina | Hands | http://vk.com/musatkina | Russia
  36. Diana Yan Manan | Naked Soul | www.flickr.com/photos/dymthenaivearts | Malaysia