New issue of BLUR magazine is, as usual, interesting, unpredictable and diverse – just like the spring that has arrived. With all that creativity, I have also added beautiful nudes, because the nature is waking up :). This is what Michael says about the The Photographic Nude Exhibit at LightBox Photographic Gallery in Astoria:

“The 2015 exhibit consists of work from photographers from around the United States as well as Portugal, Iceland, Slovakia, France, Great Britain and Canada. Fifty images from fifty photographers were selected for this year’s exhibit, representing some of the very talented practitioners of the fine art nude. LightBox was honored to have Robert Gojevic, founder and editor of Blur Magazine, as juror. In the years ahead, LightBox and Blur Magazine will work together to promote and publish the annual exhibit.”

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief

CLOSE-UP Tom Hoops, UK

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"I think it’s important to shoot people who get you excited. It’s not always possible of course, but if you find something interesting about someone, it’s much easier to shoot them."

PROJECT Luca Di Lotti, Italy

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“The photographic series depicts some of those citizens in a manner to point out that they are the ones who are really taking actions to protect such important common good, making a symbolic reference to all the other citizens who are entitled to enjoy that site (until the City Council sells it).”

WET PLATE Serge Romanov, Russia

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“To be honest, when I saw wet plate photography for the first time, it did not leave any impression on me. Boring grey shit with uneven edges. :)  That’s what I thought back then … I thought I can do it much better in Photoshop, and I did. Wet plate has it’s own specific aesthetic. It is far away from a common, commercial aesthetic. You have to get to it … and to get to that point, you have to work on your own understanding and feeling of beauty. It is impossible instantaneously to fall in love with Pergolesi. As well as it is impossible to love Brodsky. These feelings develop and come with time. Same story you have with wet plate. At one moment I had the feeling that the format and the content of my pictures were in dissonance. Wet plate photography corrected everything.“

INSTANTION Galina Kurlat , USA

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“Safe Distance explores the intimate relationship between photographer and sitter. This relationship is as much about the process of making the images as the final photograph. The slow, tenuous practice of creating large format photographs invites the sitter to orchestrate his or her own composition.”

PLAYSTICK Nigel Rumsey, UK

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“I started taking photographs at 14. My otherwise dreadful school had a small photo club, a darkroom, and even more importantly, an enthusiastic teacher. On the first evening I was introduced to photograms, and from that magical moment I was hooked.”

PINHOLE Célica Véliz, Argentina

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“I have worked with this kind of photography for a long time just to learn the techniques. Over the years, I found in pinhole photography a wonderful tool to express what I always wanted to show—my thoughts, my feelings. I take a lot of portraits and self-portraits. The body and the facial expressions are very important in my work as well as the deformation that this lensless technique gives to the images.”

TETRA Frodi Brinks, Iceland

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“My name is Frodi Brinks. I was born and raised in Reykjavík, Iceland. I’ve always been interested in photography, and in 2010 I bought my first camera and started taking pictures for fun. And today it´s still just a hobby of mine; I just love being out in nature with my camera.”

“I always look for that drama and mystique that show the intense and strong landscapes that are all around us, and that’s what I try to highlight in my pictures.”

WIDE Carmelita Iezzi , Italy

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“I prefer to work with images that are very conceptual. In my photos I often like to portray subjects that are isolated in quiet contemplation with the surrounding landscape, or oppose the idea of freedom and the sense of peace that only the sea and nature can give to the human soul, thus transferring the emotions I feel when shooting. I try to re-project the same emotions for the viewer.“

OPEN Gerhard Clausing, USA

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“My body is a universe unto itself and a reflection of the larger universe as well. It has many locations and shapes, some obvious, some hidden, some large, some small, and some so miniscule that they require extreme magnification.“

LightBox Photographic Gallery , Oregon

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"The 2015 exhibit consists of work from photographers from around the United States as well as Portugal, Iceland, Slovakia, France, Great Britain and Canada. Fifty images from fifty photographers were selected for this year’s exhibit, representing some of the very talented practitioners of the fine art nude. LightBox was honored to have Robert Gojevic, founder and editor of Blur Magazine, as juror. In the years ahead, LightBox and Blur Magazine will work together to promote and publish the annual exhibit."