Monthly Archive for September, 2013

Lara Gasparotto – Under the Sheets

Lara Gasparotto

Under the Sheets

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I am Striping our intimacy, our sheets do not isolate anymore our bodies.
I feel that I live through the contact of others, their look, their skin. My photos are the captures of our unprotected feelings.
Instead of completed series my photos are a collection of loose images, put together spontaneously. My photography are snapshots of the daily lives of my friends, a generation on the edge of adulthood and being lost. I captures these moments spontaneously, without distance between me and my subject, since I am part of the same world.
It’s about a generation dealing with all the possibilities and dangers of life.
I’m never a distant observer, record what I see while traveling and happens from time to time that I see someone in the street that intrigues me. In fragments we are introduced to my life. Sometimes I get ideas in my dreams though and then I ask friends to come with me to the places I’ve seen in my dreams and photograph them there.
I don’t want to suggest indifference but a freedom, a frivolity to enjoy and an innocence to preserve. I want people to remind of the beauty around them that you sometimes even find in the most simple of things, even in Belgium. I want to inspire people to enjoy the moment and look a but closer at things. I want them to feel emotions, sensations. Emotions that remind them of certain things. Like if people can watch they own biography trough my work.

 

 

Bio

I was born in 1989, started taking photos at the age of 16, studying fine arts from 14 until I was 17. Then I was enrolled in the School of Photography at Saint-Luc in Liege my hometown, where I was a student of Emmanuelle D’Autreppe, Alain Janssens, and Jean Janssis. Since I’ve been travelling around the word and working for some magazine.
I showed my work in Berlin, Paris, Beijing, Bruxelles, Anvers, Arles, Breda and Amsterdam.

 

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Febe’s bag

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Kids arriving home from school. Always a highlight in the day. When I was a kid, whether I used to go by bus, bike or walk or be driven, the thing I remember most is the satchels and how heavy they were sometimes. Today is no different… the weight of knowledge. Febe is on the lookout for a new bag after hers broke down. For now, she’s got my signed @davidalanharvey bag for loan. I’m not going to let that one go without a fight.. Photo by : @antonkusters

 

Hi all..

Due to some technical issues we experienced on our burnmagazine Instagram, we have moved BurnDiary to a new account @burndiary… we continue from where we had to stop! so welcome again Anton Kusters and his week..

So everyone, start following @burndiary and enjoy.. NOW!

Diego, Kaya & the Burn Team

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Photographer/activist David Gonzales plays with his Border Collie below the Tetons in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Matt Eich – Fear & Self Loathing in America

Matt Eich

Fear and Self Loathing in America

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For the last eight years I have catalogued the American experience in pictures, trying to understand this country by focusing on specific places, on community and on the issues they embody. My hope was that these examinations of microcosms of America would allow for a deeper view of the nation as a whole.

My generation lives in a constantly changing world, swept down a river of information with our eyes to the future and a shrinking awareness of the past.

On a personal level, I am apathetic and I am impassioned. I am afraid of being alone; I am afraid of being around people. I fear losing my family, but I fear fully being a part of it. To reconcile these conflicting impulses, I make pictures all the time. For me, to photograph is an extension of seeing, and to see is to acknowledge. It is a ritual and a compulsion. It is a way of filtering the world, of marking things as beautiful and collecting them. It is a way of understanding things that confuse me; and trying to articulate thoughts that are still forming, ones I have yet to find words for.

 

 

Assignments for magazines such as Esquire, TIME, GQ and others have taken me into places I wouldn’t otherwise be allowed. With support from BURN I will explore places the magazines will never send me and see parts of this country that I only dream of. The disenchantment of my generation is reflective of our nation’s transitional status from superpower to something less absolute. I will use this funding to continue creating a catalogue of a country in decline.

The photographs are not to be read as condemnation, but rather a call for people to question the things they hold as truth, and to challenge our notions of the world we inhabit. By asking for your support, I am requesting the ability to move freely, to see without constraint, and to soak in the American experience, distilling the photographs into a series that poses the questions that rattle around in our minds as Americans during this time of flux.

 

 

Bio

Matt Eich was born in Richmond, Virginia in 1986 and is the oldest of four children. He studied photojournalism at Ohio University and works for clients that include GQ, Esquire, Mother Jones, TIME, FADER, Harper’s, National Geographic, Apple, Tiffany & Company, Republic Records and others.

Matt has been named one of PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch and participated in the Joop Swart Masterclass in 2009. He is the recipient of POYi’s Community Awareness Award and numerous other accolades. He has received support of grants from NPPA, ShootQ/Pictage, Aaron Siskind Foundation, Alexia Foundation and National Geographic Magazine. His work has been shown internationally in galleries and festivals and his prints are in the permanent collections of The Portland Art Museum and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.

These days Eich lives in Norfolk, Virginia with his wife and two children while compulsively documenting everything around him.

 

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East River

East River

 

For those of you who will be in New York this coming Friday September 27th, I will be moderating a panel discussion along with BurnBooks editor Diego Orlando. on book publishing at the Photoville  exhibition space in Dumbo. Photoville is an exhibition space right on the East River. I made this photo above while perusing the exhibitions of a wide variety of photographers set up in metal ship containers. A unique location and alternative way of looking at pictures to be sure.

Panelists set for the 45 minute presentation will include Chris Boot, CEO of Aperture; Chris Capozziello, self publishing photographer (featured on Burn with his essay The Distance Between Us); Olga Yatskevich founder of 10×10 Photobooks; and Nina Pollari, publishing projects specialist Kickstarter.

The open air freestyle nature of Photoville I think puts everyone in a relaxed informal atmosphere, and really takes advantage of the New York waterfront in a unique way.

Please come and hang. We look forward to meeting you.

-dah-

 

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Laura Morton – The Social Stage

Laura Morton

The Social Stage

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San Francisco, California has a thriving culture of what is often referred to as high society. This small group of wealthy people attends numerous glamorous social events with each other throughout the year to socialize while financially supporting local cultural institutions and other charity organizations.

These elaborate events give participants a chance to dress up, mingle with one another and generally see and be seen on the social stage. While some donors prefer to keep a low profile, those who attend the parties generally do so to put themselves on display and be part of the scene. Such an outright display of wealth seems ostentatious to many outsiders, but the cultural institutions and other charity organizations in the city rely on the patronage of these donors for the majority of their funding. The goal of the parties is to keep patrons happy and make them feel like their status as a donor makes them part of a special community so that they’ll continue to give large sums of money.

 

 

When I first came across this world I was fascinated by the way these events bring to the surface several aspects of human nature that I was interested in exploring and I began to document how people behaved when they put themselves on display in this public arena. I’ve found the parties to be a place where feelings of pride, ambition, power, envy and anxiety are on full display.

Documenting this world also provides a glimpse into the lifestyle and personality of a certain group of America’s privileged upper class. When the recent economic crisis worsened what was already a widening gap between the wealthiest individuals in the world and everyone else, I became increasingly interested in examining wealth and the effect it has on the individuals who have it. I plan to continue photographing not only in San Francisco, but also hope to document this community in other parts of the country and explore of what this type of wealth looks like across America.

 

 

Bio

Laura Morton, born in 1984, is a freelance photojournalist currently based in San Francisco, California. She grew up in Maryland and then attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Laura graduated in 2006 with a degree in Political Science and Journalism. After completing photography internships with The Seattle Times and San Francisco Chronicle, Laura started her freelance career in San Francisco where she continued to work as a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle. Some of her other freelance clients have included The Wall Street Journal, Corbis Images and The Los Angeles Times. Laura’s project ‘The Social Stage’ was awarded in the 2012 PDN Photo Annual and was a winner of the 2013 Hearst 8 X 10 Photography Biennial. In 2012, she was selected for a scholarship masterclass organized by Look3 Festival of the Photograph with photographer Bruce Gilden. Laura is also a winner of the 2013 Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Emerging Photographers exchange.

 

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Zombiecow

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A little known breed of cows rarely seen by humans is the zombiecow. A zombiecow only comes out at night, and loves tipping regular cows in their sleep. They have really soft hoofs so they can sneak up quietly to their victims. The regular cow’s brain — contrary to widespread belief — never actually gets eaten in the process; as we all know, zombiecows are merely in it for the kicks. Photo by @antonkusters

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Hello all!

As you certainly have noticed, BurnDiary isn’t working as it should. We are experiencing some technical problems with our account on Instagram, which we hope will be solved fast! We will resume BurnDiary as soon as possible with Anton’s diary.

Thanks for your patience!

All the best from the BURN team :)

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Rain

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Rain. Forest. It seems like we’re conditioned to dream of beaches, sea and sun… but in my perfect dream place there’s always a forest in there somewhere. And mountains. And fields. And lakes. Big lakes. Anything actually, as long as my friends & loved ones are close. And the rain is ok once in a while but not too often, obviously. I like mostly sun. But rain smells so good in a forest.. Photo by @antonkusters

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Hello all!

As you certainly have noticed, BurnDiary isn’t working as it should. We are experiencing some technical problems with our account on Instagram, which we hope will be solved fast! We will resume BurnDiary as soon as possible with Anton’s diary.

Thanks for your patience!

All the best from the BURN team :)

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Message in a Bottle

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Two of my photos left our solar system today and are now in interstellar space aboard Voyager. Two shots out of the 100 chosen to represent life on Earth. The only “message in a bottle” from our planet. I shot this picture of a father and his daughter in Malaysia while on assignment for NatGeo in 1976 and with my whole family in tow. The shot has been flying high for 35 years. Destination unknown!

ahhhh, Kodachrome!!!

 

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Back Bay Wildlife Refuge, Va. Beach Va….my mother sort of “made me” go see what was up at this wildlife refuge…Not my thing really, but when your mother makes a suggestion and leans a bit , well you just do it!!  Walked right in to this. This was also a double spread in NatGeo for an article on Virginia where I lived at the time. Thanks Mom. That picture went a whole lot further than we thought….

Kobe

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Kobe has just had a two hour soccer practice in the pouring rain. One of three every week. He’s becoming pretty good at it, I can tell.

The smell of the soccer field brings back memories, and how my brother and I used to play. I dropped out after a while but Malik went on and became a successful player. He had long samson-like hair back then. Photo by @antonkusters

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Hello all!

As you certainly have noticed, BurnDiary isn’t working as it should. We are experiencing some technical problems with our account on Instagram, which we hope will be solved fast! We will resume BurnDiary as soon as possible with Anton’s diary.

Thanks for your patience!

All the best from the BURN team :)

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