Issue 46

December 2015 / January 2016

Cover photo: Nikola Borissov
PDF size: 120 MB
Pages: 204

CLOSE-UP | Nikola Borissov, Bulgaria
 | Tomer Tzvi Eliash, Israel
 | Paul Alsop & Luke White, New Zealand
 | Tina Weitz, USA
 | Maurizio Strippoli, Italy
TETRA | Patrick Ems, Switzerland
 | Hiromichi Endo, Japan
OPEN | Jake Shivery, USA
PROEYECT | Yucel Basoglu, Switzerland/Turkey

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BLUR no. 46

December / January 2015

Dear readers, we should not philosophize much at the end of this year on how things have been. It is not the time or the place. It is important to keep a healthy mind, to stay optimistic, and move on. We wish you much success and happiness in the coming year, and please continue to support our work. Happy New 2016!

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief


Nikola Borissov , Bulgaria


“The best: creativity, freedom, travel—you can do pretty much anything you want with your time and life, live anywhere as a nomad, meet tons of different people. No day is the same as the day before. The worst: you have to deal with a very specific subspecies of people in the fashion industry, so developing superhuman patience is of paramount importance.“


Tomer Tzvi Eliash, Israel


“My work explores the customs of the ultra-orthodox community during the holidays from a kid’s perspective. For the kids, the sacred ceremony is actually a big playtime. For the grownups, it is everything but play.”


Paul Alsop & Luke White, New Zealand


“These portraits are part of an ongoing collaboration between Paul Alsop and Luke White, two Englishmen living and working in New Zealand.“


Tina Weitz, USA


“A final chapter is her Pola-Vision Series, Weitz has been working with the last of her expired Polaroid Time-Zero film, nearly a decade old, to capture images of today that conjure her vanishing past. The film on hand ceased manufacture and expired in 2006. She shoots the Time-Zero with vintage SX-70 cameras—the resulting images often fighting to the surface with failing chemistry, reminding us our present becomes past in the time it takes to press a shutter.”


Maurizio Strippoli, Italy


“Distances is a project created with a 4×5 pinhole camera. I approached the landscape from a naturalistic point of view. The distance between the camera and the subject itself becomes the photographic subject that describes very open landscapes where human presence is reduced to a minimum and distance becomes part of it.”


Patrick Ems, Switzerland


“Entering the world of photography 15 years ago, I’ve noticed a strong change in my perception. Any kind of moment or impression—everything capable of being captured by photography—sparked my desire to catch it and let those experiences live on. Lead by emotions and haste, like a little child exploring a totally unknown world, there was no plan or vision for where this journey would go.”


Hiromichi Endo, Japan


“My photographs encourage the viewer to reconsider the relationship between humans and nature. Seeing people helping each other physically and emotionally after the disaster made me reconsider the act of prayer. I realized that this act of praying, a part of Japanese society since ancient times, is the foundation of this society.“


Jake Shivery, USA


“I can’t shoot enough. I can’t hope to keep my workflow moving at the same pace at which I meet individuals who interest me. Even within the confines of my less-than-social life, I barely go a day without meeting someone whom I’d like to photograph. I am delighted to have a subject pool that persistently motivates me, not just to work, but also to maddening passion. I keep working and hope for the best.“


Yucel Basoglu, Switzerland / Turkey


“I’ve been interested in photography since childhood. Long-exposure black and white photography was not very popular in my country, so I haven’t been able to do it professionally. I still continue shooting as an amateur photographer. I think black and white photography is the best technique; it shows you the purity in people and in nature.”


Various authors

BLUR Issue 25

March / April / May 2012
  1. Magdalena | Emma Hartvig | http://emmahartvig.tumblr.com | UK
  2. Untitled | Mansoor Mohamadi | Iran
  3. Lifeguard tower | Ian Flanigan | http://www.ianflanigan.com | USA
  4. A bit | Mindaugas Gabrenas | http://1559.portfolio.artlimited.net | Lithuania
  5. Pipes | Dimitri Bogachuk | http://www.dimitribogachuk.500px.com | Ukraine
  6. Leaving | Aninday Phani | http://www.betterphoto.com/?phani | India
  7. the Labyrinth #1 | Pavel Titovich | http://Titovichphoto.com | Russia
  8. Forfeit of the Three-Fourths | Allison Kortokrax | http://kortophotography.com | USA
  9. Blind | William Condelles | http://www.thecircusofsouls.com | USA
  10. Otro | Tamãra Lortkipanidze | http://tamaraph.com | Georgia
  11. Kiev Antiques | Joaquin Novak-Zarate | http://terriblegiraffephotography.carbonmade.com | USA
  12. Anna | Michael Smuda | Poland
  13. Život ulice | Krešimir Pletikosa | http://www.kresimirpletikosa.com | Croatia
  14. Abandoned doll | Yevgen Romanenko | http://www.romanenko.org | Ukraine
  15. I’m in love | Aleksandra Kucia | http://olulka.blogspot.com | Poland
  16. Cigarette? oui! | Basia Asztabska | http://www.be.net/basiaasztabska | Poland
  17. A Baul Singer | Arindam / Shivaani | http://www.arindamshivaani.com | Canada
  18. Fly | Anita Balogh | http://10804.portfolio.artlimited.net | Hungary
  19. Silk | Adam Huszka | http://www.adamhuszka.com | Australia
  20. Dreaming_II | Mertxe Alarcon | http://www.mertxealarcon.com | Spain
  21. As I lay dying | Mark Sink | Indonesia
  22. Reflection | Mahtab shuv | Bangladesh
  23. Robert-Hamilton-why | Robert Hamilton | http://cecilrob.com | USA
  24. Je suis venu te dire… | Benoit Courti | http://www.benoitcourti.net | France