Issue 61


June / July 2018

Cover photo: Hiroshi Watanabe
PDF size: 180 MB
Pages: 235

Featured artists:

Hiroshi Watanabe, Japan/ United States
Eiji Ohashi, Japan
Natalia Romay, Spain
Brett Henrikson, United States
Juan Francisco Hernández, Belgium
Richard Nicholls, United Kingdom
Gerasimos Platanas, Greece
Thomas Wilder, United States
Sirin Bahar Demirel, Turkey
Tatsiana Tsyhanova, Belarus
Franco Monari, Italy
Peter Glendinning, United States

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BLUR no. 61

June / July 2018


Japan/United States


“Life. Unless it is a commissioned work, I don’t look for something particular on purpose for my photography. I just live a life with an open mind. Once in a while I happen to see, or hear about, something that catches my attention and I get intrigued. Most of them are something I was not aware of, or something I do not understand. I get curious and start looking into them. Many times, my photography is a way of finding out. I do not make photographs to tell others something I already know or believe, or enforce my opinions on others.”




Coming close to dusk, city and country both alike, the roadside vending machines light up. This particular scene of vending machines placed on ordinary roadsides is unique to Japan. Looking at the vending machines having been placed in the wilderness or downtown, one can see loneliness being illustrated. The machines work non-stop day and night, but would be taken away once their sales began to drop. The machines would not exist if each and every one did not have its own color and shine. They may just be depicting the nature of humankind.”




This is a very Dadaistic project consisting of my own Polaroids interwoven with texts rescued from oblivion. I use words found at random in old ochre colored books. In this way, I manipulate the photographs I have previously made to a poetic collage, in order to revive different micro-stories of unreality; all with the intention of creating a new meaning that arises from the dialogue that is established between image and text.


United States


„Most photographs serve as a conduit for realism, providing the viewer with a window into our world. The images for Chaotic Forms are broken windows; silver shards created through destruction, echoing a dialogue with dark and beautiful dreams. In these dreams, skin becomes metallic and I let the light guide me to somewhere new that exists only on the ether and in the shimmering light from my darkroom trays. Chaotic Forms allows for the surreal and the deceptive to enter back into the photograph. The slow nature of working in the darkroom takes on a meditative quality, the red light and glass plates dance in the shadows with endless possibility. I show the viewer smoke and mirrors, intimate forms and dark beauty.“




„For many years, fishermen from the city of Oostduinkerke have caught small shrimp on the coast using horses to cast the nets into the sea. The fishermen put on yellow raincoats. They work together. Women help them. This has become part of the culture of the region. It is a beautiful scene they struggle to keep alive even to this day.“


United Kingdom


“Memorare is an exploration of objects that have a value through association or memory—ornaments, knick-knacks or personal items, often inherited or kept for sentimental reasons.

Why do we keep these things and what memories do they evoke? What’s their story—who did they belong to? How did they become a small part of our lives, oft unnoticed, but having the power, when seen, to trigger thoughts and memories of someone, or a place, or time dear to us?

What happens to these objects when we’re gone—are the memories passed on to the next generation or do they die with us and the objects simply get discarded?

Memorare – Latin: “bring to mind.””




“The series Visions & Portraits was created between 2011 and 2016 to capture something true and internal.

“There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself. ”

― Akira Kurosawa,”


United States


“For three years, I have photographed small sculptures that I construct from dead bugs, lint, and dust found in the corners of my basement. Because of the scale of these sculptures and the nature of magnification at this level, I use a technique called focus stacking. This entails taking many pictures of the same view (30 to 60 photographs) and combining them with the aid of various pieces of software into one image. This results in the entire miniature being rendered in fine detail.”




“This conceptual photo series portrays scenes and objects that lost their sense of belonging, some becoming obsolete over time. These out-of-context artifacts stand on the frontier between reality and fantasy. Their ambiguousness leaves us with an uncanny feeling. Their unknown stories open doors to others through our imagination. They are displaced, and they indicate an existence. But we do not know the whole story.”




“Foreign tourists always wonder why they don’t see any physically or mentally challenged people in the Belorussian streets, parks, museums, and shopping malls. Many foreigners may think only the very healthy live in Belarus. But the consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident manifest in numerous physical and mental health problems. So where are the disabled? Actually, Belorussian families hide their relatives who have serious health problems. This is because the families with disabled often become outcasts. The relatives have to make very difficult decisions about the future of hopelessly ill family members. They have to decide to stay with them and be lonely in society or to send the physically or mentally challenged to special orphanages.

The USSR built a great wall that separated the country from the world the disabled in Belarus, the former Soviet republic. They have to live behind the high wall to avoid disturbing the rest of society.”




“On the night of May 20 and the morning of May 29, 2012, two major earthquakes occurred in Emilia (Northern Italy), causing deaths and widespread damage that have profoundly changed the landscape. “I live in the quake zone,” says Monari, “but I never wanted to make a photographic reportage about the earthquake. It is an approach far from my sensitivity. For years, I have only observed and taken notes.” Five years later, Monari gave shape to his observations with The Sky doesn’t matter series, a collection of still lifes where the various photographed objects are created directly by the artist using banal and prosaic materials (polystyrene, nylon, wood). The crumbling houses, the injured landscape, rubble, scraps, repaired buildings, everything, is rethought through a mental and emotional process, and then re-displayed in the objects created and photographed by Monari. It’s not put as an accomplished fact, but as full participation.”


United States


“I have rented an apartment in the Marais each summer for several years. The environment is eclectic, romantic, nostalgic, from another era yet also of today. “My Paris,” is more than just a place, it is a mix of mystery and optimism evoked by memories and hopes and dreams embedded in objects.  It is also a “portrait en creux,” a “hollow portrait,” symbolizing the man who chose to construct so carefully the environment. It is the discovery of a vision, a sharing of a certain ideal, which is based not only in a hope, but a desire for a time and life that was, and could be once again, good and true. To unite with another person, their hopes, dreams, and realize that they are also his, by the chance adoption of their house, became an opportunity to feel both the imagination and a tangible, personal, and emotional connection. In every way, the photographs reflect and reveal essential natures of the man whose home I occasionally share, and in me, and in a place of imagination, My Paris.”


Various authors

BLUR Issue 61

June / July 2018
  1. Giuseppe Puocci | Italy | http://www.giuseppepuocci.it/
  2. Arghya Bhakta | India
  3. Josh Fingerhut | United States | http://www.thelightjester.com
  4. Taufan Andri | Indonesia | https://taufanandri.wordpress.com
  5. Frederik Van den Broeck | Belgium, http://www.wetplatestudio.be
  6. Florin Firimita |United States | http://www.florinfirimita.com
  7. Carlo Vercellone | Italy | http://www.carlovercellone.it/
  8. Lucie Nechanicka | Czech Republic | https://www.instagram.com/lucie_nechanicka/
  9. David Curtis | United Kingdom |https://www.flickr.com/people/27681134@N08/
  10. Bozena Carter | United Kingdom | https://bocarter.co.uk/relucent/
  11. Martin Ježík | Slovakia | http://www.martinjezik.com
  12. Marcin Owczarek |Belgium |http://www.owczarekstudio.com/
  13. Michael Schnabl |Austria | https://www.michaelschnabl.com/
  14. Lukasz Maliszewski | Poland | http://canalia.pl/
  15. Helena Georgiou, Cyprus | http://helena-georgiou.tumblr.com
  16. Sophia Kirkili | Greece
  17. Jozef Boron | Slovakia | http://photoboron.sk
  18. Michael Kelly-DeWitt | United States | https://www.michaelkellydewitt.net
  19. Marcella Zanki | Croatia | https://marcellazanki.com
  20. Aleksey Kovalev | Russia
  21. Ian Pettigrew | Canada, http://www.ianpettigrew.com
  22. Paul Lukin | Croatia | http://paullukin.com/
  23. Evan Lawrence | Indonesia | https://www.instagram.com/vanlawrenc.art/
  24. Michael Weitzman | United States | http://michaelweitzman.net