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New book: Calin Kruse – Marble

Juliane, 24 y.o. and mother of two, contacted me a while ago. She likes getting spanked, and she asked me to document her bruises.

A story about instincts.

Silkscreen printed cardboard cover, bound with screw connection
Size: 29.7 x 19.2 cm
50 pages printed on 250 g/m² paper
Print run: 40 numbered copies
45 €
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Peter Dobis: The Shadows | Portfolio

The Shadows project tells the story of a community living on the edge and at the periphery of the mainstream society in Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia. I started this long term-project in the summer 2013 when I decided to cover the life of poor and homeless people. But in different way than we usually see homelessness presented. Thus, my pictures do not show homeless people sleeping and begging directly in the streets for I did not want to come with a typical homeless street images. My goal was to unhide the parallel world hidden in our city. We do not have slums in Bratislava. People stay at any kind of abandoned buildings, shelters, cottages or garages or sleep in social dormitories if they want to and have few euros for it.

I had to start somewhere. First idea was simple, go out and find first people to photograph. During summer 2013, I photographed first homeless couple that I found living in an abandoned building. The beginning was not easy and I spent lot of time with this couple, working with them, trying to make good pictures. However, I learned a lot during these first months. I began to understand the way these people live, where they stay, how they survive.

Later on I met lot of different people. There was Zolo among others. He was very intelligent and clever and lived in his own handmade built shelter in the woods near the river Danube. He had never told me his full story but knew 3 times more about politics and literature then I did. He lived with cats and was one of the few who never wanted any money from me. In fact, we stayed friends and I visit him from time to time. He helped me as well and told me where to go next. And thus I found next people and next interesting places.

To be be honest, I did not meet only clever guys like Zolo and I got in touch with alcohol and drug addicts, former criminals or psychiatric patients. My project continued during whole 2014 when I met lot of new people. After several months I started to photograph in one social dormitory where I was very well accepted by Marta (former homeless) who was the chief of it. When I explained my idea and show some images she allowed me to move freely around the place, come whenever I wanted to and take photographs.

In general, I moved form one point to another as I was still meeting new people and discovering new things. It is a continuous process. On top of that, I became really accepted. Thus, after certain period of time I had several pictures from the outside (shelters, abandoned buildings) and from the inside of social dormitories as well. But this was not the endpoint as I was unhiding new areas of life of these people.

I want to cover this topic in its complexity. It means to document dark sides as drugs, violence and brutality in relationships as well. This is much more delicate and difficult to cover and I am still working on it. You need to be patient and very careful while dealing with these issues, try to find good contact points (if possible) and then take some risk as well. There is still lot to be covered. If everything goes well I want to continue in this work.

www.peterdobis.weebly.com

Christopher de Bethune: Sunshine | Portfolio

Trying to be there without being there.

What I like the most about wandering the streets, is that i sometime feel like a stray cat, both moving discreetly around with no precise destination, both being aware of our surroundings, both looking for different kind of food. The subject or the non-subject doesn’t matter anymore.

It can come to me in different forms, from a lonely soul to an old house or an empty street with the right light, I’m just trying to squeeze any beauty from the layers of thoses big cities.

www.saintempire.tumblr.com

Radoslav Daskalov: Systematic Desensitisation | Portfolio

Systematic Desensitisation is a project exploring my continual combat with an anxiety and panic disorder. It is named after a technique employed in cognitive behavioural therapy, where the subject is repeatedly exposed to the same stimuli in order to get used to and build a new reaction to them. I have adopted this method and day after day face my fears of leaving my house and interacting with other people.

I pose for a self portrait in front of a large format camera before going out. Each photograph depicts seven days of struggle through the use of multiple exposure. The images are printed on paper imported from my homeland, Bulgaria, whose flawed surface offers a true representation of my inner world. This effect was not achieved through manipulation on part of the artist, but is the result of improper storage for the past several decades, with submission to damp and mould. Therefore each image has a unique quality to it, that cannot be reproduced.

http://rado.daskalov.co.uk

Julie van der Vaart: Le Sentiment De L’Éphémère | Portfolio

“What the photograph reproduces to infinity has occured only once: the photograph mechanically repeats what could never be repeated existentially” – Roland Barthes

”Le Sentiment De L’Éphémère” is a personal project that revolves around the realisation that nothing is forever. The urge to capture moments of everyday life came from the this haunting thought, but it wasn’t until the sudden loss of a family member that I started this series. I think it is a very human thing to do, wanting to keep things close to you by capturing them in a photograph; and it is something that people have done for ages. It is also a very paradoxical thing to do, while taking a photograph the moment is already slipping through your fingers.

Even though this is a very personal project, I try to create a certain distance by making pictures that are bound to space nor time, this makes it possible for the viewer to identify himself with it.

www.julievandervaart.com

Sissel Thastum: I am here when you are here | Portfolio

To my Mother and my Home

Through the nature, the landscape and the feminine form, I am here when you are here mediates a close and intimate relationship between mother and daughter. It is a bond that is found within the return to the familial; the home and the mother. Portrayed through a melancholic language our relationship to each other, to our age, our gender and our identity become underlying themes. The essential presence of nature in connection with the body calls up the notion of a cultural and symbolic identification, emphasising the feeling of the ‘Nordic’ ambience.

Within the return to the familial, an uncanny presence of both attraction and estrangement is evident. These elements enable a search for memory and, consequently, identity. Julia Kristeva connects this search with what Freud named the ‘umbilicus of the dream’ and she essentially states that it is “…something unnameable, which becomes, none the less, the source of our investigation”. This investigation of, and search for memory and identity; what we cannot talk about, what we try push out of our sight and out of our mind, therefore becomes the vital undertone of the images.

I am here when you are here is a personal project made between my mother, my home and I.

www.sisselthastum.dk

Hester Scheurwater: Shooting Back | Portfolio

The mirrored self-images encompass my private fantasies. They are my way of reacting on the imitated and fake media images, which are constantly calling upon our imagination, without intending to be taken too seriously. I try to deconstruct this call’s effect with my reactions by switching the ’subject-object’ relationship, without being victimised by it. My self-images show I am not a victim of an imposed sexually charged visual culture, instead I give a self-aware answer, in which I try to show my feelings and/or views on the unreal and fake imagery, which is forced upon us daily. This series of photos emerged from a collection of daily uploads on Facebook and my personal blog. In the digital public space, I try to reinforce the exhibitionist nature by presenting them in the context of a living room or a living room setting. In this context exhibitionism and voyeurism come together. Using my own body as a sex object in corresponding poses and an auto-erotic gaze I study voyeurism and exhibitionism.

www.hesterscheurwater.com

Maggie Shannon: Teeth of the Sea | Portfolio

My project Teeth of the Sea documents the relationship that residents of Martha’s Vineyard have with the ocean. The island where I grew up lies off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts and requires a forty-five minute ferry ride to gain access. Overwhelmed with tourists during the summer months, during the off-season the island reverts back to its lonely seaside town state when the population drops by more than half.

Islanders’ interactions with the water that surrounds them varies from the economical and recreational to the mystical as the ocean simultaneously provides financial security, enjoyment, beauty, isolation, and danger. For this project, I have explored these connections by examining the film Jaws which was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard in 1975. This event represents an extreme example of the complex relationship between islanders and outside influence.

The ocean is a constant presence on Martha’s Vineyard, even the air has a consistent note of brine. Much like the sense of danger the shark represents in Jaws, I have tried to make the water into a similar force: nothing tangible but instead a lurking apprehension that underscores our fear of dark waters and the unknown. The photographs record places and scenes central to the storyline of Jaws, exploring ideas and relationships inspired by these events. In this project, I have mixed fact and fiction, myth and reality, and past and present to shape and inform a narrative about islanders’ relationship with the ocean. Teeth of the Sea is less about Martha’s Vineyard itself and more involved in examining the ambiguous and deeper aspects of our complex relationship with the sea.

www.maggieshannon.net

Mateusz Sarello: Swell | Portfolio

Road.
Winter.
Void.
Void of everything that is important. I am trying to think about the “road.” I cannot. I am completely exhausted. All in all, I am going only because of the weather. The prospect of wind, snow, and my flashes on the beach did not let me sleep. Besides, I am afraid of the few days of thinking only about Her, and this way I will have the Baltic Sea. My Baltic Sea. Instead of.

“Swell” is a story of a break-up and of unaccepted loneliness. At first it was supposed to be
a documentary project about the Baltic Sea. A plan was drawn up and the places to be visited were marked on the map. During the trips to the Baltic I was accompanied by my girlfriend, until the moment of our parting. The parting changed me and I was no longer able to continue the project according to previously designed plan. I started going back to the places where we were together. Here the project ends, and a personal story begins.

My story “Swell” has been published as a book by the Instytut Kultury Wizualnej in Warsaw.

Book “Swell” was chosen as a finalist in the Best Photography Book Award at Pictures of the Year International in 2014, received 3rd prize at the International Photography Awards in 2013 and Honorable Mention in the Best Photography Book from Central and Eastern Europe 2013-2014 at the European Month of Photography in Bratislava in 2014 and was chosen for “Best Books of 2013″ list by Photo-Eye.

www.mateuszsarello.com/book

Peter Waterschoot: Soul Hotel | Portfolio

I drew an axis from Venice up to Hamburg, in consecutive travels, residing in reclusion, counterbalancing with backstage stops at Burlesque-and dragqueen shows. Trying to stay ahead of rapid gentrification. It seems that throughout Europe an Old Soul is disappearing. “Everybody wants to build and nobody wants to do maintenance”(*Kurt Vonnegut).

The locations I am hunting for, are, in the photoworks, totally freed from time and space, resulting in a somewhat strange, partially comforting, partially suffocating atmosphere. I call it Neon Poetry. It is my aim to bend kitsch into aesthetics. There are a lot of film noir and other cinematical influences in my photo work. In my recent shows I noticed that I was storytelling because all the imagesreally work well together, and they do so in all directions! The viewer can read many stories. In recent shows I more and more felt the need to give the images ‘a chance on their own’. Hence I now choose for as much decontextualisation and détachement as possible, which is leading towards new work literally to be called ‘Singularities’.

www.peterwaterschoot.com

Calin Kruse: Kosmos

A photozine about moments. Not about the moment itself, but about being part of it.

Photozine
Copper metallic dust cover
32 pages: 8 digital printed pages (covers) on 170 g/m² vellum paper + 24 risograph-printed pages
13 x 19.5 cm, hand-bound
Print run: 50 numbered copies
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dienacht Magazine #16 out now!

So, here we are again. dienacht is not just a portfolio magazine, but also a personal project. That’s why some personal circumstances lead to the fact that this issue is released much later as it should have been – but now it’s here, on the last days of the year 2014!

We have, once again, outstanding photographers and artists, like Birgit Krause and her out-of-this-world-series “Plánětes”, Jean-Marc Caimi showing a selection from “Daily Bread”, Zhe Chen and her painfully intimate diary “The Bearable”, the funny childhood memories translated into photography by Vendula Knopová, Magdalena Sawicka’s raw but precise illustrations, Elena Montemurro’s “Coming of Age” (which is also this issue’s cover story) and many more incredible photographers and photobook reviews.

Get your copy here (worldwide shipping): www.dienacht.bigcartel.com

1000 copies, numbered
128 pages, 15 x 18 cm
offset print, in English and German

7,00 Euro

Markus Henttonen: Twisted Tales –Road to Hope | Portfolio

The new series from Finnish photographer Markus Henttonen (b. 1976) is a complex journey through landscape, time and emotions. Twisted Tales –Road to Hope consists of precise and yet beautifully poetic portraits, narrative actions and landscapes. This conscious randomness of the photographs create the feeling of a lifelong road trip taking forward through events, emotions and encounters. Twisted Tales strongly balances between the thin interface of real and imaginary. And everything seems so familiar yet there is something strange.

With this series Henttonen has changed his working methods, and in a way returned to the freedom and unrestricted approach of his early photography career. Photographing has been more intuitive and the careful and concentrated editing has only happened afterwards. In photography the unexpected and incidental aspects are always present. Even with a great idea and good planning you cannot not and should not control everything. That unpredictable nature of photography is what makes it so interesting -and also kind of similar to life.

During his years in photography Markus Henttonen´s style has grown recognizable with expression being simultaneously intense and delicate. As a visual storyteller he has shifted from documentary approach deeper into narratives. But the stories in his photographs are only suggestions and the focus is on emotions. It is like he is subtly guiding the viewer to feel and interpret. Henttonen´s undertone of wistful melancholy is present throughout the series in the landscape and peoples´ gestures but at the same time there is this distinct feeling of hope.

Twisted Tales is like life, a unique and exciting travel with joy and sadness of desire and despair combining the most personal with things common. Memories, dreams and reality mix up to profound layers. Despite the flashbacks from the past and the unexpected turns this journey is going forward. It almost feels like a puzzle that will never really be complete. There will always be something little out of place, a little bit twisted.

www.markushenttonen.com