FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

FREE GALLERY 2013 | 1 is now online

Special FREE issue of BLUR magazine, BLUR gallery 36 | vol. 1 is now online – FREE DOWNLOAD

Dear BLUR magazine fans, supporters, art lovers and photography junkies – friends:

We are wishing you HAPPY NEW YEAR with a little present from our team!

Our special issue, BLUR GALLERY 2013 | vol. 1, brings you a collection of beautiful photos published during 2013 in the section GALLERY 36. This section presents authors from all over the world who send us their best and most interesting photos, regardless of the subject and photo technique. This special issue will become a regular practice, and will remain free.
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Photo of the month | November | People’s voice

Photo of the month | November | People's voice

BLUR 34 Photo of the month by Arina Borodina

Taking with Nikon D700 and 50mm 1.4 all natural light with no reflectors
Where: Santiago Canyon , California
When: August 2013
Who: My friend Harmony Dara / Make up done by Amanda Harris
Edit: I used Photoshop to convert photo to black and white and Curves to achieve particular darkness in photo, used burn tool to darken her make up and couture of her face , and after image was done I added grain on top of the photo to achieve film effect. Read more…

Lightbox-Nude 2014

Lightbox-Nude 2014

LIGHTBOX PHOTOGRAPHIC GALLERY CALL FOR ENTRIES

The Photographic Nude 2014

February 8 – March 4, 2014
Dedicated to the memory and the creative spirit of Ruth Bernhard
Submission deadline – Midnight Monday January 6, 2014
Juror: Mark Sink

LightBox welcomes submissions for The Photographic Nude 2014. This juried exhibit explores the artistic and creative view of the body and it’s form. This exhibit celebrates the nude in photography by embracing a variety of styles. We welcome the timeless elegance of a classical study, while also encouraging alternative and provocative styles. Studies of the whole or partial human form, nude or semi-nude are eligible. LightBox is pleased to have Mark Sink as juror for this exhibit. Mark is a photographer, curator and teacher, who has made a living from fine art photography since 1978.

Entry Guidelines
Entry Form

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Wetplatewagon

Wetplatewagon

Wetplatewagon | official friend of the BLUR Wet Plate section | is a brand that was created with the intention to assist photographers who chose to delve into the world of early photographic practices, in order to add them to the development of their creative projects.

Thanks to the experience of working with tools and materials related with these techniques, and with the support of professionals who are specialize in this sector, we offer services in the field of old photographic equipments restoration and in the production and marketing of new products designed to meet the demands that require such processes. Read more…

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman|exhibition

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman|exhibition

Mark Osterman and France Scully Osterman have twenty four prints on exhibit at the Photography Biennial: “Stan Rzeczy/The State of Matters” in Poznan, Poland.

The exhibition includes work by 8 Polish & American artists working with 19th century photographic methods in a 21st century context. Included is work by:

Dan Estabrook
Jesseca Ferguson
Alan Greene
Jarosław Klupś
Paweł Kula
Marek Noniewicz

 

Centrum Kultury Zamek
ul. Św. Marcin 80/82
61-809 Poznań, Poland

The exhibit will run from November 15 to December 15, 2013. Read more…

Jelena Blagović | exhibition

Jelena Blagović | exhibition

Jelena Blagović presented in BLUR 17 | PROEYECT section by Robert Gojević

Jelena Blagović’s photographic exhibition „About her“ was opened on Sunday 1st of December at Photo Gallery LANG in Samobor. The exhibition will close on 22nd of December 2013. Photo gallery LANG working hours are on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00 or by telephone arrangement; TEL: +385 91 7300485

About Her and/or about myself

Jelena Blagović’s photo essay About Her is a continuation of the author’s intimate family archive and personal history which began with photographic series the Family Silver and Before Me. Read more…

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

BLUR magazine 34 is now online

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!

Your BLUR team

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Alexey Alexeev | exhibition

Alexey Alexeev | exhibition

Alexey Alexeev presented in BLUR 26 | WET PLATE section by Robert Gojević

November 29 at 7 p.m. the exhibition House of Birds opens as part of the Art-Geography project in the Lesser Hall at the Russian Geographical Society Headquarters in Saint Petersburg.

House of Birds is a photo project carried out in the Kaliningrad region (formerly Königsberg) in 2013 by three photographers from different Russian cities: Alexey Alexeev, Oleg Zhuravlev (Saint Petersburg) and Ludmila Brilevksaya (Kaliningrad). The exposition displays works produced using alternative manual photograph technologies that apply the same techniques used 150 years ago. Ambrotype, salted paper, Gold Toned Van Dyke Brown made from Wet-Plate Collodion negatives are some of the rarest methods of getting an image nowadays.
This project did not have a particular name at first – the idea to call it House of Birds was brought to the authors by the storks living in the Allenburg church, a Brick Gothic monument established in1405. Read more…

Photo of the month | October | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | October | Editors’ Choice

BLUR 33 Photo of the month by Josipa Bjelobrk

The photo “Vizija (vision)” was created in hidden passage in the woods which I passed through for years, gathered visions for years, and one stopped moment enabled me its perpetuation. Girl in the white dress (Nikolina Matičević) is the ruler of that space that connects my imagined and experienced reality. Used Canon 450d camera, with 50mm f/1.4 Canon lens. Read more…

as you like it – an international photo exhibition

as you like it - an international photo exhibition

 

as you like it

an international photo exhibition

featuring guest curators

Farhad Bahram – Nóra Barabás – Isabelle Thibeault-Jolin

 

“as you like it” is the fifth photographic exhibition organised in Abertillery, Wales by the*kickplate*project. For this exhibition, apart from choosing photographs ourselves, we have also asked a group of international artists to select works for us to show in the gallery. Each artist has been given the opportunity to choose photographers and images to present on their own section of wall – our hope is to create 5 single exhibitions that add up to 1 featuring 10 photographers in all. Read more…

Stanko Abadžić: Adriatic Routes – new book

Stanko Abadžić: Adriatic Routes - new book

Stanko Abadžić presented in BLUR 15 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

www.abadzic.de.vu

But life is not something that the living being carries ‘in and of itself’. It is an inscription of the living being in life-context – in life-time as well as life-space.[1]

Stanko Abadžić is a photographer/geographer. He is also a scenographer of his own cultural geography. His method of authorial search can be described most succinctly in the words of Ola Söderström, who says that geographers of culture are analyzing the interplay between different forms of representation of space, they are always giving voice or muting certain things and actions, giving importance and visibility to certain processes and not to others, and thus contributing to the transformation of the world.[2] Read more…

ONDU pinhole cameras

ONDU pinhole cameras

In the digital age of photography and image processing, there is not much room left for alternative photographing techniques. Some require a lot of time to master yet others are just not very practical and simple to obtain. Many pepople try theese techniques but often gret discouraged at certain point.
After researching and many prototypes and ideas, we felt confident that a long lasting product and simple design can be merged into the ONDU Pinhole camera family. Read more…

FOJO iPhone camera app

FOJO  iPhone camera app

Our friends from Fojo, now official friends of the Playstick section, just launched one of the most creative and feature-packed iPhone camera apps we’ve seen to date, freely available in the App Store worldwide – click here: http://goo.gl/SHlRpK

You’ll be able to read all about it in the upcoming December issue of BLUR, but for now we invite you to check out their app and give them some love! Read more…

The book ‘Jarun’ is out!

The book 'Jarun' is out!

Max Juhasz presented in BLUR 16 | PROJECT section by Robert Gojević

It is a documentary photography project which was made croatian photographer Max Juhasz in summer of 2012 at the Jarun lake, near the author’s residence. The year of the great economic depression and unemployment, in which many of the Zagreb residents substituted their customary seaside summer holidays on the Adriatic coast with the regular visits to the nearby lake.

You can order signed and numbered copy directly from the publisher via e-mail

▪ soft binding / 20 x 22,5 cm
▪ offset printing / 170 g/m²
▪ pages 132 / 120 photos
▪ edition of 500 signed and numbered copies
▪ text croatian / english
▪ publisher KADAR 36
▪ ISBN: 978-953-57655-0-9
▪ 20 EUR (+ shipping)

Max Juhasz; http://www.maxjuhasz.com

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Responsive BLUR magazine web

Responsive BLUR magazine web

Dear readers,
a little over 3 years have passed since we created the latest version of Blur website, and since then a lot has changed in the world of technology.

So, we finally launched a new version online, which we have worked on for quite a long time in order to be more functional. The main guideline was to make us airy, more open by its design than the last version, and adaptability to all screens, including tablets and smart phones.

We hope you’ll find our new website to be a pleasant change whichyou’ll like, and that you’ll be happy with as much as we are ourselves.

If you experience any technical problems, please have understanding and feel free to let us know so we could try to fix or improve it in a short period of time.

ENFOJER – Old School Darkroom for Smartphones

Thank you for taking the time to get to know our portable photographic enlarger – Enfojer. Once it is in production, it will enable you to develop black and white photo prints straight from your phone or developed films.

ENFOJER – Old School Darkroom for Smartphones
Analog B&W prints straight from your phone.
Design – Zagreb, Croatia

ENFOJER Indiegogo Campaign

Tales of American Culture

Butterflies & Buffalo: Tales of American Culture is a national artistic documentary project led by photographer Dennis Manarchy to capture the history and enduring spirit of our nation’s most extraordinary cultures through the largest film camera in the world on a nationwide expedition.

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/butterflies-buffalo-tales-of-american-culture

http://butterfliesandbuffalo.com/

Alternative Photography Tips

Are you tired of your Nikon FM10? You can also experiment with toy cameras and lomography (an LC-A+ is a great beginner camera) if you’re enamored with analog cameras and film. There are a lot of DIY tips and tricks that you can try without spending too much on lenses or filters. Still don’t believe me? Sure, you can shoot a ton of interesting subjects and experiment as well but when it comes to technique here are some great ways to further expand and test your creative abilities in photography.

When you want to be a master photographer you should be able to practice with different media or different tools of the trade and techniques until you find the best one for you. Who knows, you could have the patience for pinhole photography or the meticulousness for wet plate/collodion process. Just like playing games such as poker, you will need a lot of creativity and focus as well. You can also practice your gaming strategies and skills with online gaming sites such as Partypoker and it can also be a great way to expand your social network when you meet fellow artists and photographers who are also players as well. Like photography, playing online games can be very well beneficial to your health and wellbeing because it provides as a good stress reliever and can rejuvenate your senses and calm your soul. If you’re as passionate with poker like in photography, you can improve your game by watching online video tutorials. Not only that, you can play anytime anywhere when you download the mobile version of these online games for your smartphone or tablet while you’re shooting the great underwater expanse of the Great Barrier Reef or the vivid street life of Daikanyama and Harajuku districts. You can also visit the swanky The Ritz Club in London if you want to join the exciting poker tables.

Now that you’ve gathered your thoughts and relaxed a bit, here are some ways how to maximize your trusty analog camera. This is already a classic technique but to those who don’t know this yet, you can swab a tiny bit of petroleum jelly around your lens for a dreamy effect. For a smoky, grittier effect you can burn out a candle and place a UV filter on your lens where the black residue can stick to your lens; you can wipe this out with a tissue paper later. You can also use your whole roll film as just one really long panoramic shot, how? The trick is to use regular 35mm film and 120 camera and extra spools, thick hair elastics and the metal part of a paper clip and follow these directions via this Flickr site, and just be sure to do this in a darkroom bag.

Deon Reynolds | exhibition

Deon Reynolds | exhibition

Deon Reynolds presented in BLUR 29 | WIDE section by Robert Gojević

I currently have a solo exhibition of my plastic panoramic photography hanging at the Metro Gallery in Reno, Nevada. “Where Cowboys Roam” is on view throughout the month of ArtTown (Reno is ArtTown). I hope everyone has the opportunity to come out and see the show. All of the images in the show were created using a Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35″ disposable camera reloaded with B&W film, archival printing on Hahnemühle fine art paper.

June 17th – July 26th

We will be hosting a closing reception Thursday July 25th 5:30 – 7:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Metro Gallery | 1 East First Street | Reno, NV 89501 | 8:00 – 5:00 pm – Mon – Fri

Alicja Pietras | exhibition

Alicja Pietras | exhibition

Alicja Pietras presented in BLUR 31 | OPEN section by Robert Gojević

Alicja Pietras ‘Memory Self-Portrait’

The project ‘Memory Self-Portrait’ is kind of a diary, a record of very specific time, which, for many reasons, wasn’t very happy for me. In the same time that period of my life was truly transforming, the real Turning Point. As intimate atmosphere was very crucial to speak about the pain and sadness of those moments I photographed myself and my very close female friends. That enabled me to get to the point where there was no shame and no will to hide true feelings.

Opening of the exhibition: 5th June 2013 at 7 p.m. , Firlej Club, ul. Grabiszyńska 56

June ‘Shoot The Face’ contest winner

June 'Shoot The Face' contest winner

When someone or something captures my attention, I take the shot, without even thinking about it. No careful consideration of framing or composition. It’s pure instinct. I like to see the improbable emerge from humdrum daily life and grab hold of me. Just like I might grab an unsuspecting crab, and look it in the eyes and wonder what it’s thinking. “What a bizarre creature,” is what the crab is thinking… It’s all about point of view. I approach things from a broad point of view, a wide angle. The 24mm lens forces a true encounter with my subject. This is no longer observation, or the voyeurism of a distant photographer, but a quasi-terroristic approach. A holdup! “Is that what you’re like? Just there, yes, and…it’s a wrap.” Now you’ll be a part of my cabinet of curiosities.”

http://christophedebon.pixu.com/

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Photo of the month | June | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | June | Editors' Choice

Baba Mehand Bidjegri is a Naga Sadhu, aged 43 yrs old. Born in Kolkata of the Atjaria Caste (Braham) which is a high caste, his father was a Sadhu and all male members in his family are Sadhus. Baba G as he calls himself is celebate and vowed to leave everything but mentioned he has no objection to alcohol and drugs. Baba G lives everywhere and has no belongings, he moves around all the time and as a child ( 9 yrs.) he did the ‘childroute’ and lived in various Ashrams where he learned to read and write while his family supported him. The only thing he always carrys with him is a plastic bag with Babud (human ashes) which he rubs over his whole body to protect him from the cold.

In Hinduism, Sadhu means a good man, a holy man, a wondering monk. Most Sadhus are yogi’s but not all yogi’s are Sadhus. The Sadhu is solely dedicated to achieving liberation, the fourth and final ‘asrama’ (stage of life), through meditation and contemplation. Sadhus often wear saffron-colored clothing, symbolizing their ‘sanyasa’ (reincarnation).

May ‘Shoot The Face’ contest winner

May 'Shoot The Face' contest winner

I’m Tomer and I’m a freelance photographer who lives in Israel. My passion for photography started in 2010, when I bought my first camera. I started with landscape photography, but after a while, I realized that street photography, and portraits is what I’m looking for. I enjoyed the challenge of photography in a complex, constantly changing environment open markets, old fashion neighborhoods, busy streets, turned to be the main focus of my work. Now, three years after I got my first camera, I believe that any shot reflects feelings and emotions, and in some cases tells us a life story. As a photographer, I’m always looking forward to take a photo that will create a unique bond among the photo, the viewers, and the story it tells us.

http://tomermerav.500px.com/

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Special FREE issue of BLUR magazine!

Special FREE issue of BLUR magazine!

Dear friends, year 2013 is the year of big changes which we have initiated in order to improve the quality of our magazine and make it even more interesting. Although it is still too soon to list them all, since many of those are still being implemented, and we  don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, we can say that soon we will have an almost completely new BLUR magazine. After 5 years of publication, now it’s time to refresh a few things and adjust to the times we live in.

Anyway, all in good time… For now, we would like to reward our readers with a free issue, a special issue BLUR GALLERY 2012, which in one place presents the beautiful photographs we have published during 2012 in our section GALLERY 24. With this special issue we also announce large changes in this section, which will be visible in the next issue of Blur. For now we can confirm that this special free issue at the beginning of the year will become a regular feature.