Issue 34

December / January 2013

Cover photo: Evgeny Kolesnik
PDF size: 93 MB
Pages: 212

CLOSE-UP | Evgeny Kolesnik, Ukraine
 | Stephan Opitz, Germany
 | Pawel Śmialek, Poland
 | Katja Sonnewend, Germany
PLAYSTICK | Jose Madrona, Spain
 | Diane Martin Peterson, USA
TETRA | Laurent Miaille, France
 | Srećko Jubić, Croatia
OPEN | Julieta Benoit, Brazil
PROEYECT | Michael De Guzman, Philippines

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BLUR no. 34

December / January 2013

Although we are at the end of the year, my thoughts have long been focused on the year 2014. Some might think that this year was easy, but that’s far from the truth. Besides the fact that the team was working hard this whole year on our new website, we have also put in some new content. We’ve increased our pace from quarterly to a bi-monthly release, and the biggest challenge was certainly the launch of our billing system, which required a lot of effort to make work perfectly.

But now that’s all behind us, and I look forward to finding the ideal balance of content that will make us much more than just a platform for downloading our magazine. I say ideal balance because it’s important not to overdo it in anything that might affect the quality of the journal our readers are accustomed to. Therefore, we are carefully working on new ideas that will close the circle by creating a format that should be the foundation of BLUR for the long run. I believe we are on the right track, but I will share the details with you in the year ahead. Let’s see this one out in a holiday spirit :) .

Happy New Year!

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief


Evgeny Kolesnik, Ukraine


“I like challenges, and I think that facing them gives a photographer an opportunity to approach the reality of creating work. Of course, I am ambitious and want to move forward and never stop developing. I don’t have an image that in my opinion is better. They are all different; each and every portrait tells its own story.”


Stephan Opitz, Germany


“I started to photograph architecture because I like clear shapes and structures. During that time I learned a lot about composition, light, and to be patient. In my opinion, it is important to visit photographic sites several times at various times of the day to get the perfect picture. But often when I a travel, I don’t have the opportunity to explore a site more than once. In these cases, I improvise.”


Pawel Śmialek, Poland


“I stare at people all the time: in the subway, on the bus, on the street. Collodion captures the look, emphasizes their power. I steal a piece, and I put it on glass. I stare long and without embarrassment. This is my private ritual. Satisfying my curiosity. My obsession.”


Katja Sonnewend, Germany


“This editorial was produced for Swiss KINKI magazine in collaboration with New York-based stylist Travis Steele Sisk. We worked in a hotel room on the Lower East Side Manhattan. My work is always inspired by the absurdity of beauty and the fantastic magic of the human body. I love to create new unsettled but aesthetic creatures acting in the farcical situations of daily life.”


Jose Madrona, Spain


“My work is oriented toward photography with plastic lens cameras, lenses imperfect and not always clear, as well as towards experimentation with film and alternative photographic processes.

I also fabricate my own cameras and lenses with the purpose of finding artistic expression connected to onirism, the automatic creation, the simplicity of forms, and all that is fertile to live by within itself, with its own identity and personality.”


Diane Martin Peterson, USA


“My imagination fuels how I interpret what I see through the lens.” The pinhole images I make are shot with self-built cameras. Many of these pinhole cameras are less than glamorous creations, usually the result of trips to the local secondhand store or thrift shop, starting out as tins or boxes. If it can be made light tight, it will probably live a new life as a pinhole camera.”


Laurent Miaille, France


“My work focuses on the passage of time and the transformation of reality through the use of long exposures. Landscapes become purified and sublimated, dreamlike. This transformation captures the beauty of the elements; a new world offers itself to us that is conducive to contemplation and meditation.”


Srećko Jubić, Croatia


“All the credit for me now being in photography goes to a friend who wanted to take photos of the sunset when we went to the lake one day. When he finished, he gave me the camera so I could try to take some photos. The next day I went to the same lake with a camera that was purchased for family photos.”


Julieta Benoit, Brazil


“Through the wings of images, I propose to give a voice to waters, bringing through the real and concrete space of the polluted reality of the world’s rivers the delirious Tietê, a river that laughs and cries death, life, and dreams.”


Michael De Guzman, Philippines


“Mt. Fuji – Fuyō-hō (the Lotus Peak) a perfectly symmetrical cone that reflects beauty and is one of Japan’s holy mountains. It is a majestic creation of nature that has inspired artists and poets journeying to discover and understand its beauty. What makes Mt. Fuji even more interesting is that it is actually a three-layer volcanic mountain surrounded by many lakes.”


Fojo, Croatia


“Is analogue photography superior to digital / smartphone photography, in your opinion? It is all photography. Whatever makes people think in a photographic way and drives them to go out there and take pictures is great. Photography is art, and art is not about rules and limitations, it’s about freedom to choose your own way to make that art.”


Various authors

BLUR Issue 34

December / January 2013
  1. Pensieri | Fabio | www.fabiomilani.com | Italy
  2. Giving In | Claudia McDade | www.claudiamcdade.com | USA
  3. Atlanta III | Dennis Ramos | http://dennisramos.pixu.com | USA
  4. Once Upon A Time I Could Lose Myself | Paula Goddard | www.paulacska.com | Hungary
  5. Bleeding Heart | Reylia Slaby | www.reyliaslaby.com | Japan
  6. Rising from the Ash: Profile | Melanie H Brothers | USA
  7. Kristina | Martina Nemcekova | martinanemcekova.com | Slovakia
  8. Too Late | Melih Ersahin | Turkey
  9. Paco Church | Michael de Guzman | www.mdeguzman.com | Philippines
  10. Ghost? | Jean-Baptiste Poulain | www.jb-photo.fr | France
  11. Tais | Yuri Iluhin | www.fotoatelie.by | Belarus
  12. Glamour Room | Alessandro | www.alecastelli.it | Italy
  13. Lucija | Krunoslav Perasović | Croatia
  14. Priyanka | Anujit Roy | anujitroy.tumblr.com | Indonesia
  15. Street women| Paul Gomez | www.paulgsphotography.pixu.com | Colombia
  16. Boundless | Felicia Simion | www.facebook.com/felicia.simion.photography | Romania
  17. Baltray shipwreck | Rafal | www.rrphoto.eu | Ireland
  18. Umbra | Robin Westfield | www.robinwestfield.com | Canada
  19. Forms and movement | Saeed Maaleki | Iran
  20. Tribute to Forefathers | Srinavin Kumar | India
  21. Pirates of Siberia | Maja Petric | www.pitrih.com | Serbia and Montenegro
  22. Marrakesh#1 | Marcus Jolly | www.marcusjolly.com | Canada
  23. Two Step | Magicc Imagery | http://magiccimagery.tumblr.com | USA
  24. Eye | Farbod Green | http://500px.com/FarbodGree | Iran
  25. My solitude | Arina Borodina | www.arinabphotography.com | USA
  26. The Truth | Paulina Manterys | http://paulinamanterys.blogspot.com | Poland
  27. Three birds | Adeline Spengler | http://adelinespengler.darqroom.com | France
  28. The Middle of Everywhere | Princella Talley | http://princellatalley.com | USA
  29. Cigarette | Melissa Connors | www.melissaconnorsphotography.zenfolio.com | Canada
  30. Nero | Robert Weinraub | www.facebook.com/RobertWeinraubPhotography | Romania
  31. STOP | Matej Paluh | www.facebook.com/MatejPaluhPhotography | Croatia
  32. Sonia | Ana Benavent | www.anabenavent.es | Spain
  33. Light circle | Kari Goin | www.karigoin.com | USA
  34. Portrait of a woman | Mariana Castro | www.marianacastro.tk | Portugal
  35. Home for pigeons and cables | Aleksandra Patova | www.flickr.com/photos/alex-malex/ | Bulgaria
  36. The deadly quiet of the winter | Tabea Borchardt | www.facebook.com/tobepictures | Germany