Editorial column, no.15

They claim a picture says a thousand words, as in the case of our current front page, where a photograph by author Mathieu Richard-Arcouette perfectly symbolizes the new situation our magazine faces. But, if you haven’t already noticed the new design of our web page, you must have seen the domain name. In case you proceeded automatically, as most of us do while we surf, merely to downloaeved the latest issue, we have a surprise for you.

Is there anything strange about the logo you are so used to? Same dimensions, identical typography, equal number of letters, however – a different name, which is a bit more blurry than before. Even three letters match, but they are in a different order. Why, what for, and what happened?

…every change hurts a bit. We all somehow subconsciously know this, which is the reason why we are afraid of changes and often unnecessarily try to postpone them. Despite possibly creating wounds that slowly heal or leave bitter aftertaste, changes are necessary because they are the only path to improvement and progress

It is quite obvious that, despite the change, we didn’t want to break the links to our, now former, Bulb magazine. Otherwise, we would have chosen a completely new name, visual identity and made whatever changes. On the contrary, we decided to nourish the tradition and if you take a look to what the editorial staff blurb says, you can see almost all collaborators are still there. Our family even grew so that our common project could do better and have greater results.

Snake has always been a symbol of change, and as it sheds its skin when it becomes too small, we too had to make certain changes in order to improve. However, every change hurts a bit. We all somehow subconsciously know this, which is the reason why we are afraid of changes and often unnecessarily try to postpone them. Despite possibly creating wounds that slowly heal or leave bitter aftertaste, changes are necessary because they are the only path to improvement and progress. Krešimir, co-founder of Bulb magazine, will no longer be on the Blur team and will face new challenges by running the Bulb association. Given that Krešimir was the one who suggested the Bulb name, and us being such gentlemen, we let him keep it. We would like to thank him for all the effort and work. In front of us there are now new goals and paths which will, we are convinced, justify necessary changes.

But let us go back to our first thought that a picture says a thousand words. Is it always so, is this an undisputable rule? Imagine, for example, a photograph where you see two lovers hugging, an aesthetic and artistic love scene that hides more than it reveals. Everything fits perfectly, a photograph worth admiring.

Suddenly, as the seed of doubt arises, followed by a negative cliche of a half empty instead of a half full glass, the perception of the same love scene changes. All of our moralistic, philosophical and diabolic alter egos have something to say. Perhaps this is a man that cheats on his wife, or vice versa? Maybe it’s a man with 2 women? What if one of them changed his/her sex, or if this is actually a man with a blow-up doll… If it would make any sense, or if we had more time and space, I am convinced we could gather more than one thousand words.

On the other hand, we are completely immune to and not affected by important things which we should constantly question, react on and think about, yet we remain utterly apathetic. We can not but wonder if photography and photographs should act in this manner as well? Despite the difficult economic situation, time when everybody cares but for material interests, when there is no class and everything seems so tacky, while media constantly bomb us with rubbish and depression, a bunch of workaholics volunteer and try to further improve this magazine.

Despite possibly creating wounds that slowly heal or leave bitter aftertaste, changes are necessary because they are the only path to improvement and progress.

VOX POPULI BLUR 15

vox-populiThe world of photography is full of subjective and endless discussions: black and white or full color photography, filters or without, digitally processed or a set of harmonized settings, analogue or digital film… One could go on forever. And, of course, there is personal experience behind every answer, as well as personal experience, emotional attachment, but also rational argumentation.

We would like to know about your thoughts and opinions. We plan to present a new theme, a new question in every issue, and you can send us your statements and explanations that support these or otherwise via e-mail or by using contact form. We will publish most interesting answers in our next issue.

This time we were inspired by a brave ‘Impossible project’, founded by a group of enthusiasts that will reproduce analogue instant film.

When asked what the reason behind the challenge is and why they believe the project will not only be possible, but also very successful, they said:

We believe in Polaroid as a strong and unique counterpart to digitalized world that we’re living in. The Digital Revolution completely changed the perspectives, possibilities but also the character of photography. After some years of playing and experimenting with their new digital cameras, people began to miss some aspects of analogue instant photography which they had not been aware of before – or even complained about.
They started longing for real pictures which they could touch, feel and smell. Looking at all the “perfect” and clean digital pictures, they remembered more and more the good days when every single picture was an experiment, an unpredictable adventure, slowly developing in the palms of their hands. They even had to accept the fact that they started missing the high purchase price of analogue Instant film as they found out that it really helps taking good pictures when carefully pushing the trigger, aware of every “click” costing real money. Polaroid film stands for unpredictable visual adventures combined with a splendid retro-style feeling.

Our questions:
Do you think instant photography is by certain properties more valuable than digital photography? What are the advantages of Polaroid cameras when compared to digital ones? There are great numbers of loyal users of Polaroid technique worldwide. Do you believe the retro aspect of instant film can create a new fashion ‘boom’ in photography world and increase Polaroid art scene further? Would you, besides your digital camera, also appreciate having a Polaroid one?

Send away!