Sometimes I feel that the work of putting together BLUR magazine is a Sisyphean task, so I devoted the cover of this issue to that idea. In addition to numerous other obligations, it’s not always easy to set aside enough time to create a magazine for a non-profit organization. Therefore, the time usually flies by incredibly fast between the issues. It seems that just as I finish one edition, it’s time to start the next.

We are approaching the 50th issue of our magazine, and I am nearing 50 years of age. Could this be the reason I sometimes feel exhausted? Probably. But I don’t give up — I still have more energy and desire for new challenges and for making even more improvements to BLUR, improvement you will see soon.

Robert Gojević, founder and editor in chief

CLOSE-UP Yan Mcline, Russia

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stillness!

PROJECT Marco Onofri, Italy

project

“The project took almost a year to be realized, it has been shooted around Cesena in north Italy, every session has been 2 hours long and involved people picked up from the internet + one model, every person who joined the project came to the meeting point wearing the same clothes as when they answered to the facebook post to join the project, and every model kept the same pose as the last picture they posted on they’re facebook pages.”

WET PLATE Christian Heigner, Austria

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“Maybe I will change my technique some day, but now I love the complex smell of collodion plates and my old equipment.“

INSTANTION Amanda Mason, Australia

instantion

“A story can happen in a split second, or over the course of time. This collection of images is a col-lection of short stories. Each image contains it’s own sense of narrative rather then telling a story through the entire collection itself. They all contain a deeper meaning to myself, and are some-what cathartic, but I love it when the viewer makes their own conclusions. I am powerfully influ-enced by storytelling, through all mediums, and drawn to expressing stories of melancholy, nos-talgia, memories and deep connections both to the earth and each other as human beings. Using instant film is perfect to capture these little stories, as the flawed and unpredictable nature of the film enhances a sense of nostalgia and ‘other worldliness’.”

PLAYSTICK Chris Keeney, USA

playstick

“Life is complicated today, especially with the challenge of keeping up with technology and dealing with the mixed blessings of the Internet--it can all be a bit wearying for someone in my field and it can wear down the impulse that drew you to a creative profession in the first place.”

PINHOLE Nadir Kayacan, Turkey

pinhole

“Pinhole basis, although being a simple photographic technique, with the possibilities offered by being open to experimentation and continues to surprise me. Infinite depth of field, extended perspectives, fairytale results relating to the long exposure time makes me a passion for this technique.” 

WIDE David Robin, USA

wide

“I’ve been fascinated with the origins and history of our collective Western aesthetic and the realization that no matter how advanced our tools and vision may become that we (as Westerners) are forever bound to a universal aesthetic initiated by the visionaries of the renaissance, and realized by kings.“

OPEN Deb Young & Francisco Diaz, New Zealand | USA

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“As writer Caro Buermann said of The Playground Series, “For most of us growing up, playgrounds were more than a place for fun and games- they also provided a fast and hard lesson in how social structure works; they taught us how to be patient while we waited for our turn on the swing, while boys would chase and torment the new girl, and the nerdy kid would get bullied and left behind in sport games. In their surreal new series of photographs titled “The Playground Series”, international artists Francisco Diaz and Deb Young illustrate the innocent complexity of playground society.“