ISSUE #47 is finally out

ISSUE #47 is finally out

This year began with changes — only planning and a few new ideas for now — but I hope specific changes will be seen.
BLUR magazine is the product of a non-profit association, and given the global economic problems in recent years, it is quite a miracle that we have survived.
This should tell you a lot about my team and me — that we really love photography.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief

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ISSUE #46 is finally out

ISSUE #46 is finally out

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

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ISSUE #44 is finally out

ISSUE #44 is finally out

This summer has been full of temperature surprises. A long period of hot days that were reaching almost 40 degrees (Celsius), and sudden temperature drops to 20 degrees with stormy winds and rain. I don’t remember the last time it was so difficult to finish a new issue. But as things stand, here it is for you to enjoy :). I hope that next year I will be wise enough and somehow finish it in advance, at least a couple of months earlier. That’s how I could completely forget about it and then, on vacation, I could read it and enjoy the beautiful photos just like you do.

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ISSUE #43 is finally out

ISSUE #43 is finally out

Finally … summer is here with its long days. I apologize for the belated issue, but I hope the material will compensate for these few lost days. It won’t be long until the holiday season begins, a time when BLUR magazine is read the most. With this in mind, we have tried to provide you with content that will inspire you to make your holiday an active one.

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ISSUE 42 – almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness!

ISSUE 42 - almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness!

Hi, BLUR friends and fans! Our April issue #42 is finally out – we refrained from posting it yesterday so you don’t think we’re running an April Fools joke on you, because we’ve got a really special treat for you this month: almost 300 pages of fine art photography goodness! The page increase is due to the inclusion of a special guest section – Lightbox Nude 2015. If you’ve followed our updates lately, you already know that Lightbox Nude is one of the key exhibits of worldwide nude fine art photography, and BLUR’s editor-in-chief Robert was this year’s juror. Don’t miss it! Read more…

CLOSE-UP Alina Lebedeva, Russia

CLOSE-UP Alina Lebedeva, Russia

Alina Lebedeva presented in BLUR 41 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

BLUR magazine: What do you like best about a woman’s body?

Alina Lebedeva: Most of all I like interesting faces. I think every face is really unique. Body for me is a material that we can see in pictures. I’m not crazy about some special parts of it.

BLUR magazine: Today, everyone can be a photographer. Do you think photography is appreciated more or less because of this?

Alina Lebedeva: Quantity and quality are not the same thing. Yes, everyone can buy a camera, but it doesn’t mean that they automatically become a good photographer.

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CLOSE UP Larry Woodmann

CLOSE UP Larry Woodmann

BLUR magazine: How would you describe your photographs to someone who has never seen them?

Larry Woodmann: We start with the most difficult question. Sometimes I wonder the same thing and I cannot find the answer; maybe the day I do I will stop shooting. Sometimes I say “emotional photography,” which means to feel something when you observe the photo. It can be sensuality, it can be eroticism, or it can be tenderness or pain, rarely fun. That’s why human beings are the subjects I prefer: Nothing else inspires me like a face, a gesture, the body of a man or a woman, old or young, even if I am known especially for the seconds. Read more…

Free to the World

Free to the World

World Photography Day originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic processes developed by Joseph Nicèphore Nièpce and Louis Daguerre which happened in the beginning of 1839.

On August 19, of that same year, the French government announced the invention of the daguerreotype process as a gift “Free to the World”. So, 1839 is marked as the year that photography was invented.

To all photographers around the world: happy Photography Day from BLUR magazine team

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INSTANTION Wilfried Haillot

INSTANTION Wilfried Haillot

I am Wilfried Haillot and I’m 44 years old. Since birth, I have lived in Troyes, France. Photography isn’t my real job, but I practice it during my free time. For me, it’s an addiction that I discovered with some photos I took of my friends and family. What fascinates me is the atmosphere, nuances of light that get free of the photo.

I have been shooting with Polaroid for 10 years now. When I discovered it, I was instantly addicted. What fascinates me is the results these chemicals can create—unpredictable and surprising at times. Read more…

CLOSE UP Yevgen Romanenko

CLOSE UP Yevgen Romanenko

BLUR magazine: How much does success depend on the talent of the photographer, and how much of it is hard work?

Yevgen Romanenko: I don’t know about talent; I think that the main thing is a sense for it and practice, for sure.

BLUR magazine: Your photographs are fashion, beauty, nudes, and portraits. Which kind of photography represents the biggest challenge for you and why?

Yevgen Romanenko: The biggest challenge for me is a nude because it’s too easy to cross the line from beauty to vulgarity.

 

Yevgen Romanenko presented in BLUR 37 | CLOSE UP section by Robert Gojević

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Equinox Wet Plate Contest Cancellation

Equinox Wet Plate Contest Cancellation

Dear BLUR fans, dear Equinox competition applicant, jury members and sponsors,

Optimism in life is important, but sometimes things simply don’t go your way. BLUR magazine has always strived to bring our audiences excellence through hard work and enthusiasm, but regardless of our best efforts we’ve sometimes failed. The reason for this is is that we’re always motivated by our love for photography, never focusing on the monetary and mathematical side of the equation. In such a work atmosphere we’ve been able to get away with a touch of naivety and fantasy, and such was the case with the Equinox Wet Plate Collodion competition we tried to launch over the last couple of months.

We’re using past tense because – we failed. In spite of our great efforts over the last few years to promote the collodion process through our Wet Plate section by interviewing photographers, showcasing their work and discovering and nurturing this very small community, we couldn’t realize enough traction for our competition to soar. We’ve had great response from the wet plate community after launching the competition, we brought aboard amazing sponsors and an exceptional jury, we’ve had Facebook announcements, forum announcements, press releases and other usual media coverage but despite all that – wet plate photos simply didn’t trickle in. The response from the photographers themselves simply isn’t big enough to warrant a competition. Even if suddenly things turned around and if we were to receive last-minute entries, BLUR wouldn’t have the time required to produce and jury this competition at the level of quality expected from our magazine. BLUR never compromises on quality, especially when it comes to things we love – so we’re forced to close Equinox prematurely. Read more…

Neutral Density Photography Awards

Neutral Density Photography Awards

Neutral Density Photography Awards (ND Awards) invites photographers worldwide to submit their work for the ND Awards 2014. ND Awards 2014 is now accepting entries. Select your best work, submit your photos and have a chance at over $5,000 in cash prizes!

Participants can competete for the title: ND Photographer of the Year Award in 6 main categories: Advertising, Architecture, Fine Art, Nature, People, Special.

All images will be viewed and judged by prestigious international jury: Eileen O’Donnell (The Wall Street Journal, USA), Alexa Becker (Kehrer Verlag, Germany), Paul Greenaway (Greenaway Art Gallery, Australia), Amanda Gorence (Feature Shoot Magazine, USA) Seiji Komatsu (Emon Photo Gallery, Japan), Fernando Peracho (Valid Foto Gallery, Spain), Susan Spiritus (Susan Spiritus Gallery, USA), Kathrin Köhler (Immagis, Germany), Casey Hanrahan (Gilman Contemporary, USA), Renya Tanaka (Tokyo Arts Gallery, Japan), Rod Clark (Formatt-Hitech, USA), Thiago Guimaraes (Galeria Chroma, Brasil), Stephen Strother (Strother Fine Art, Germany), Veneta Zaharieva (PhotoBulletin, Bulgaria), Katy Daly (McGaw Graphics, USA), Jean-Paul Brunot (Editions Braun, France), Maciek Zielinski (Digital Camera Magazine, Poland).

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Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the world’s premier photographic contest.
Visit: http://www.ndawards.net

EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX International Wetplate Contest

EQUINOX
Open from March 20th to September 23rd 2014
INTERNATIONAL WETPLATE CONTEST

http://old.blur-magazine.com/wetplate

For photographers who practice the art of collodion, the most interesting part of the 2014 Wet Plate Year project is the international contest Equinox. The name is derived from the interequinoctial duration of the contest – it will be open between the spring and autumn equinoxes, March 20st to September 21st 2014. The reason for such a long duration is the condition that all photos entered into the competition must be new and unique, created especially for this occasion and never before published. These strict rules are a corollary of the small size of the wet plate community. The members of the jury are likely to already know many of the participants, so originality and novelty is the only way to ensure anonymity of the participants and thus reduce the chances of conflict of interest during the judging process. The interequinoctial period, we hope, will be one of great creativity. Read more…

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine 35 is now online

BLUR magazine has decided to make 2014 the WET PLATE year. Apart from my personal interest in Wet Plate, there is another particular reason for this decision. I have been following the wet plate scene for a few years now, and I have done about 20 interviews so far with the wet plate photographers (thanks to Denis and Goga for their help), some of the most famous and most interesting in the world. During that time, I have been gradually collecting the equipment (an ongoing process) in order to join that magical practice—but I have also faced many problems, which in turn influenced my desire to do my best to promote the wet plate scene.

Therefore, besides several special BLUR issues being prepared, I am proud to officially announce EQUINOX, the first international Wet Plate contest and quite possibly the first wet plate contest since the process was invented in 1851. The contest will begin on the first day of spring and will last until the first day of autumn, a period in which the wet plate scene will be the focus of our interest.

On the cover of our first issue in 2014 is the work of a very interesting, creative, and honored artist, Mark Osterman, who is probably a household name for the majority of wet-platers. The reasons for this, and the reason I chose Mark to be a juror in our wet plate contest, will be clear in the series of very interesting interviews to be presented in the Wet Plate section of BLUR this year.

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Photo of the month | January 2014 | People’s voice

Photo of the month | January 2014 | People's voice

BLUR 35 Photo of the month by Sander van Laar

Author: Sander van Laar
Country: Netherlands
Web: www.pixellaar.nl
Photo: Steamfun
Issue: BLUR 35

Where: “Steamfun” is made in a little studio in Almere , Netherlands (nearby Veenendaal), by a great friend.
It is my first high fashion shoot for steampunk magazine 2011. I put a smokemachine into his jacket and let the game begin :D. When I watch this picture I always have fun with it because the smoke in his jacket was so hot! Read more…

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

We’ve been liked by more than 30.000 followers on our Facebook page!

Thank you so much for all your support over the years, especially during 2013 which proved to be one of the most challenging in BLUR’s history. At the start of 2013 we had only 8.000 fans, a buggy server and couldn’t handle the stress of our growing fanbase. A year later we’re stronger than ever, with a whopping 375% yearly growth! The fact that we’ve been able to promote exceptional photographers worldwide to such a fast growing audience without delays, while switching servers and building a new website makes us really proud. We even switched from a quartely to a bi-monthly publication schedule, which means we now have to go through a lot more photographs every month to maintain a quality selection. It’s a lot of work for a small non-profit organization, but you guys make it all worth it. Thanks for putting up with our quirks and the occasional error, thanks for sending us so many letters and e-mails (and sorry if we sometimes don’t reply, we’re working on improving that!) and thanks for spreading the word about the amazing photography we’re discovering every two months. Read more…

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

Photo of the month | December | Editors’ Choice

BLUR 34 Photo of the month by Felicia Simion

Author: Felicia Simion
Country: Romania
Web: https://www.facebook.com/felicia.simion.photography
Photo: Boundless
Issue: BLUR 34

The photo was taken one year ago somewhere in the Carpathian mountains of Romania. I used a Canon 7D with a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the help of two other persons to hold the chair and help with the camera. It was later edited in Photoshop CS3. Read more…

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…

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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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…

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.

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.

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).

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.

Wasn’t BLUR free to download before?

Wasn't BLUR free to download before?

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

During our long journey together, we’ve done something wonderful; we’ve created a beautiful digital magazine devoted to the art of photography. Over the years, it has grown steadily in popularity and acceptance. Your continued support, praise, criticism, and understanding have helped us build this magazine to a level of quality that is unrivaled by many much more expensive e-zines and—if we do say so ourselves—many printed magazines as well.

That’s because, like you, the editors and staff of BLUR believe that art should be accessible and hassle free. We all believe that art is its own purpose, understood by those of us who absorb each new photographic discovery eagerly and hungrily, and it’s understood by those of you who relentlessly send in photography suggestions and upload your work to be featured for the rest of us to enjoy.

We understand that art has a purpose far greater than financial benefits and far more important than sales figures. From day one, our staff has been a hard-working, devoted team of volunteers. Our editors financed many of BLUR’s recurring expenses out of their own pockets, giving what they could, even when they couldn’t. Many of our volunteer editors have come and gone over the years, depending on the time they had to spare, and our small core team managed its work as well as it could. We even changed the magazine’s release dates from monthly to quarterly to mitigate the workload and financial strain of the project. But the growth of BLUR has become too much of a burden for such a small team to bear alone, and the struggles won’t be solved by fresh volunteer blood or by spreading the work any thinner. Our donated servers are far too limited to serve the tens of thousands (and counting!) of readers who want our material, and our local team has been impacted by the financial crisis as everyone else has, some working two jobs to support their families with BLUR taking up the precious time left over.

The time has come for BLUR to have a price in order to survive and continue to thrive. But we don’t feel comfortable in setting that price. We are here to support art. So, we will allow you, the valued readers of BLUR, to decide how much you’re willing to spend for the latest issues of BLUR with a minimum price set at an essentially symbolic $1.00.

The older issues of our magazine, when it was still known as BULB, will remain completely free. They are a part of our heritage, developed with a different team with less emphasis on quality and a somewhat different concept. We consider it a separate beast altogether—a cherished piece of our history that will remain forever available to anyone who wishes to reminisce.

As for BLUR—this is your art as much as it is ours. We respect whatever value you attach to it, and we hope you’ll understand and support this decision as much as you’ve understood and supported all the others we’ve made during the past five years. You helped us get here, and we hope you’ll help us keep the shutters clicking for many more years to come.

Thank you,

Your BLUR Team

We are currently unable to offer BLUR magazine for download!

We are currently unable to offer BLUR magazine for download!
Update: 10/7/2012

Dear readers of BLUR magazine, our issues are again available for download.
In case of excessive server load (too many downloads for our capacity), this situation might happen again. Thank you for your understanding.

Dear readers,

BLUR is facing another difficult period and some problems due to which we ask you for patience and understanding.
Due to an unexpectedly large number of BLUR magazine downloads, we have overloaded our server, and therefore we are currently and temporarily unable to offer any further downloads.

Although a large readership is a plus for any magazine, in our case the number of our readers in on the constant rise due to freely available high quality content, but this also poses some serious problems for us.
Since the preparation and distribution of BLUR magazine is free, and we are all volunteers, we do not have the finances required for paying for a server powerful enough for our rising needs. The oscillations in the server load are also a problem, since the period when a new issue is announced and offered for download has significantly more traffic than a month later or in the period immediately before a new issue is made available. An additional dimension of the problem is also the unpredictability of the download dynamics, which is sometimes quite surprising, like in the case of this past weekend.

Our team is doing their best in order to try to solve this new problem, at least temporarily for the beginning, in order to put the system online again.

We will keep you posted here, under the link NEWS, about the situation and any possible changes.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Robert Gojević, Editor in Chief

Facebook Blur Magazine is once again in the hands of its real admin!

Dear friends and Blur Magazine readers, this page is once again in the hands of its real admin, founder and editor in chief of Blur Magazine.

Thanks to everyone who reported hacking this page, and thanks to Facebook for reacting and saving this page from blackmailer and from deleting.

I do hope that this situation will not happen again, and that Blur Magazine will continue its successful and undisturbed presentation of creative photography from all over the world.

Facebook Blur Magazine page has been hacked. Please, report it!!

Facebook Blur Magazine page has been hacked. Please, report it!!

My dear friends and readers of Blur Magazine.

Unfortunately, Facebook Blur Magazine page has been hacked. I am removed as admin of the page, and unknown hacker is blackmailing me with selling of Blur Magazine page.
Although I have made several reports to Facebook, they are ignoring me. I am suggested (by some friends with similar experience) to send this kind of note to all my friends, and ask them to do next:
Please, go to Facebook Blur Magazine page and report hacking of that page. Big amount of reports might resolve that Facebook admins act and take this problem more serious that they are now. Read more…