Monthly Archive for July, 2016

Storm 2

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Nags Head. July 30,2016. Summer storms threaten and yet so powerfully exciting. See my story on Snapchat davidalanharvey .

Storm

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Nags Head. #storm

Beach

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Nags Head. #d800nikon #beachgames

Car

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Dominika Gesicka – This Is Not Real Life

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Dominika Gesicka

This Is Not Real Life

[ EPF 2016 FINALIST ]

There is a place where no one is born and no one dies. Of course you can die anywhere but you cannot be buried here as it has been discovered that bodies fail to decompose here.

You cannot be born here because pregnant women are to return to the mainland to give birth. There are no cats, no trees, no traffic lights. There is no amusement park, but there is a circus troupe. In the winter time it is completely dark, but in the summer sun never sets.

The place is called Longyearbyen and it is the largest settlement and an administrative center of Svalbard. It is also the world’s northernmost city. Although it is difficult to regard it the best place to live, many people fall in love with it at first sight. Some people came here just for two weeks and stayed for five years or more, but not many decide to settle down here permanently.

Sometimes you have an impression that people here are trying to escape from something; that this is just a retreat.

This is not a real life.

 

 

Short Bio

Dominika Gesicka, born in 1981 in Wloclawek (Poland). Graduated from International Affairs at Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), student of Institute of Creative Photography in Opava (Czech Republic). Member of People You May Know collective. Laureate of Show off programme, Photomonth in Cracow (2014). Finalist of Lens Culture Exposure Award (2016) and a winner of the Idea Tap Foundation and Magnum Photos grant (2015).

 

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Melissa

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Nags Head. Melissa.

Michal Siarek – Alexander

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Michal Siarek

Alexander

[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2016 FINALIST ]

The very first thing that I saw in Skopje was the construction of a 25-meter tall figure of a warrior on horseback which, from what I later found out, was the statue of Alexander the Great. In 2010 the government of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia started an extensive project to revamp first the capital and then the entire country into the sense of connection with its alleged ancient roots.

Alexander the Great, one of the most recognized and powerful rulers in the history was acclaimed the father of present Macedonian nation. However, modern Macedonia is a young post-Yugoslav, poorly developed country. Dream of the lost nobility was the spark that ignited minds on the both sides of the border. Over 2000 years after the collapse of the empire two countries started the dispute of origins and history as distant as illusory. But generations already been born as Macedonians, within two countries and three geographical Macedonias. Greece was strongly opposing any claims of the piece of history that, they believe, is exclusively Greek heritage.

In order to protect its cultural consistence the government blocked foreign policy of the neighbor affecting isolation of the Republic of Macedonia. What was supposed to elevate the rising nation to its dignity broke its spine while the elected authority radicalized and began to rise concerns about the rule of the law within the country. Macedonian government engaged considerable public funds and serious propaganda apparatus to reinvent the tradition and stimulate national consciousness. Would it be even possible to create the hybrid identity and the establishing myth to give the nation its pride, by erecting monuments made of bronze or plaster? That leads to crucial questions such as what do constitute modern nations or who owns the antiquity – which is also the foundation of the western society.

However the Macedonian question remains unanswered.

 

 

Short Bio

Michal Siarek , Born in 1991, Siarek is a documentary photographer, student at cinematography department at PWSFTviT in Lodz, Poland. Fascinated by the Balkan Peninsula issues he has spent three years on his debut essay “Alexander” focused on myths, identity and nationalism in one of the ex-Yugoslav republic. Nominee for the 2016 Joop Swart Masterclass, he’s the co-founder of Paper Beats Rock publishing house.

 

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Cape Charles

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Cape Charles,Va.

NY Workshop

13769560_10157185983680022_6904535299121388687_n My last photo workshop class in New York was in May at my loft workspace. Students go out shooting each day for a week and we are only in my studio for morning critique and late night discussions. Oh yes also for the final slideshow and fiesta. Here author and NYTimes Magazine photo critic @_tejucole and Magnum colleague @pvanagtmael join me for a critique about book projects. My mission is to take photographers to their personal next step. Pushing them ultimately hopefully sincerely to a legit published book. Join me this September 25-Oct 1. This will be my last NY class for another year. For info and registration, go to our www.burnmagazine.org/workshops page.

Photo by Anna Gondek

Igor Elukov – The North

Igor Elukov

The North

[ FUJIFILM/YOUNG TALENT AWARD 2016 FINALIST ]

That day, as always, the snowstorm was swirling on and on.

We wandered through tundra for about an hour.

Everything was white all around and I started to forget where the top is and where the bottom is.

The snow was filling my eyes and my mouth. It was hard to breathe, as if you are sinking.

It was impossible to see the border between the sky and the earth through the snowdrift. The earth was like sea.

We drove through the abandoned towns with Stalin-era architecture; they stood white, empty, clean, as bones in the field, whitened by the wind.

The thing about this emptiness is that it is impossible to break it, to fill it.

You are absent. It is you who become everything around: the creek, the river, the fire in the stove, the steam over the fish broth, miles and miles of swamps and a lonely man sleeping on a plank bed.

When the snowstorm was over I went out for a walk.

Tundra was polished by the wind, it was perfectly smooth and white, and I felt uneasy that I should leave my footprints on it.

 

 

Short Bio

Igor Elukov is a photographer and filmmaker born in Kirov, Russia in 1991. He is a teacher at “Fotografika” Academy of photojournalism and documentary photography, St. Petersburg, Russia. His work has been exhibited in various galleries such as: “Fotografika” gallery, St. Petersburg, Russia (solo) Ian Perry Scholarship exhibition, Hoxton Gallery, London, UK (group). Elukov is based in St. Petersburg.

 

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