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Issue 55

June / July 2017

Cover photo: Joni Sternbach
PDF size: 77 MB
Pages: 225

Featured artists:
Joni Sternbach, USA
Marian Crostic, USA
Matt Smith, U.K.
Stefan Killen, USA
Daniel Murtagh, USA
Rebecca Gray, U.K.
Mike Thornton, U.K.
Manuel Sechi, U.K.
Walter Borghisani, Italy

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BLUR no. 55

June / July 2017

Summer is definitely my favorite season. In winter, I dream about it. I can’t wait for it in the spring, and when it finally arrives—this long-awaited summer—and it gets too hot, I start to feel anxious. Of course, in the fall, I’m sorry to see it go.   As the heat has not yet come, my heart rejoiced when Michael sent me Joni Sternbach’s photos that are so summery and nostalgic They call us to go to the sea, enjoy the refreshment, the wind and the waves. The truth is, some of us are far more active than others. I’m much better at internet surfing than surfing waves. In the summer, I don’t even work with wet plate because of the rapid evaporation and the scent of chemicals. I’m more drawn to Polaroids in the summer, so I am happy to see the photos of Matt Smith. Please, enjoy the new BLUR magazine until it becomes too hot.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief

JONI STERNBACH

United States

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Photographing surfers evolved out of several landscape projects I was working on at the time. It had something to do with persistence and happenstance with a little bit of serendipity thrown in. Maybe it was an accident, or fate, but it certainly wasn’t a well-conceived idea that I pursued until after I made the first surfer tintype. After learning wet plate and pursuing a project (Abandoned) with it, I was looking for something new. I went back to an old location that I’d shot at for many years with film. There, I ran into a guy who was a surfer, and I made the tin, Lone Surfer. That’s when the project began.

MARIAN CROSTIC

United States

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“The real voyage of discovery,” says Marcel Proust, “consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” This quote summarizes my journey documenting the beach in Venice, California. The collection of work started with documenting my daily morning walks and has developed into a focus around the multiple ways I see and interact with my environment, the beach and the ocean. Meditative in nature, the series has taught me the importance of seeing one’s own environment with a present, reflective, and introspective eye. The SALT | AIR series consists of four bodies of work, all focusing on a different aspect of Venice Beach. This work has been a life lesson for me in terms of how I see and interact with the world around me.”

MATT SMITH

U.K.

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“I am surrounded by beaches, cliffs, waves, and surfers. I am part of this surfing culture whilst also fascinated by it. These images are part of an ongoing piece of work to capture our life at the beach. Inspired by Grannis, Stoner, Sternbach, Tatar, and more, all are spontaneous, and many captured with wet hair and numb fingers from surfing myself.”

STEFAN KILLEN

United States

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„I’ve been taking pinhole photos of the New York metropolitan area for over 25 years. In the last three years I also began a series of pinhole portraits that focus my working process more pointedly on the element of chance. I began the series on my 50th birthday as a one-day event in my studio, to which I invited friends and family. Drawing on a seasonal festival in my native Switzerland in which participants wear beautiful, sometimes frightening, and elaborate masks, I invited friends to bring their own masks to wear as I photographed them. The results of the day prompted further ideas and a desire to continue the series.“

DANIEL MURTAGH

United States

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“Berlin” is a series of images I made in Berlin over six weeks. I found people and scouted locations to place them in environments that inspired a narrative, and simply worked out ideas on the spot. The overall mood is post-war, while retaining some of the glamor of other eras, such as the 30s. There is an upcoming exhibition of the project in New York.

REBECCA GRAY

U.K.

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“This project is a series of natural portraits, each accompanied by a photograph of one of the subject’s possessions in which they chose to talk to me about during my time with them. These people are all connected through their work with Off The Record, a Bristol-based mental health support charity for young people.”

MIKE THORNTON

U.K.

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“I’m 10 years a professional advertising/business/editorial photographer and have recently completed an assignment in Malawi, East Africa. I toured the rural south of the country with the Aquaid Lifeline Fund to produce a film and accompanying series of portrait photographs. Usually for a charity, they are almost entirely funded by a private company, so I do little fundraising/PR. Their media collection is limited to visitor snapshots!  I wanted to show their success stories, how hard work achieves results, that orphan’s lives can be turned around, and how anything is possible, even against the odds. My work creates meaningful awareness for the charity, but also shows that people can progress from a place of despair to a place of resilience. It is material Aquaid can use to promote their achievements in one of the poorest countries on earth.”

MANUEL SECHI

U.K.

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“What people think when on their own behind the glass?”

WALTER BORGHISANI

Italy

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“Grodno is a place of the border. Grodno is surrounded by nature, between the forest and the sea. In Grodno people go to relax, to make holidays. In Grodno during the day the sun shines, but then it shades In Grodno at sunset everything becomes darker, everything seems to slow down and get away, retire, disappear. And leave space for solitude. Grodno is on the border between Poland and Germany. I had the chance, intrigued, of going to Grodno in July 2016, in an area of the Soviet period now used as a luxury holiday colony and in which I was the first Italian to enter.”

RECLAIM PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2017

Reclaiming our cultural landscapes

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“Reclaim Photography Festival, West Midlands, came into being following conversations with our Sweden members, and subsequently led to an invitation to organise our first international festival. After the enormous success of our first festival in 2016, this has led to our eagerly awaited second international photography festival: reclaiming our cultural landscapes. This has resulted in participation from amateur, student and professional photographers, from 56 UK towns and cities, and 36 countries world-wide. We were pleased to be able to showcase all of these fantastic images in digital and print format, across eight venues in the West Midlands, UK. A special travelling gallery exhibition, hosted by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Wolverhampton Art Gallery, showcased 30 prints, selected from all of the Festival submissions and offered emerging artists, the public and young people the opportunity to showcase their creativity and to exhibit their work alongside our established and international photographers. So, we were honoured to invite British artist, Richard Billingham, to be our Festival Adjudicator, whose work in public collections includes the V&A and Tate Galleries in London, the Metropolitan Museum in New York and San Francisco MOMA anthonyreynolds.com/billingham. Richard worked with us to select thirty images for the travelling gallery exhibition. For the first time, we were pleased to offer professional awards to some of our gallery exhibitors.”

BLUR GALLERY

Various authors

BLUR Issue 55

June / July 2017
  1. Anthony Mickeal | United States | http://www.mickealphoto.com
  2. Ahmed Nurul Hasan Sakkhor | Bangladesh
  3. Alicja Kielan | Poland | http://www.alicjakielan.pl
  4. Bradley Wittke | United States | http://www.pacificagallery.com
  5. cedric Brion (Clavicule-Pics) | Belgium | http://www.clavicule-pics.com
  6. Constantine Gedal | United States | http://cgedal.cxstudio.org
  7. Cristina Venedict | Romania | http://www.photo.cristinavenedict.ro/
  8. Pavel Titovich | Russia | http://titovichphoto.com
  9. Dee Elegia | United Kingdom | http://www.elegia.com
  10. Eliyahu Capeloto | United States | https://500px.com/corot2
  11. Gary Crowson | United States | http://www.garycrowson.com
  12. Gerald Kühn | Germany | http://www.geraldkuehn.com
  13. Ian Pettigrew | Canada | http://www.ianpettigrew.com
  14. Jessica Saponaro De Virgilis | Italy | http://www.jessicadevirgilis.com
  15. Kavan Cardoza | United States | http://www.kavanthekid.com
  16. Khandie Khisses | United Kingdom | http://www.khandiephotography.com
  17. Lianne Strik | Netherlands | http://www.liannestrik.com/
  18. Marc Lamey | France | http://www.marclamey.com/
  19. Obscure Margot | France | http://www.photobscure.book.fr/
  20. Patrick Ocampo | United States | http://www.patrickocampo.com/
  21. Promise Li | United States
  22. Wietse Michiels | Belgium | http://www.wietsemichiels.com
  23. polo d | Thailand | https://www.facebook.com/polodphotography
  24. Yoann LEVEQUE | France | http://www.cargocollective.com/yoannleveque