Monthly Archive for December, 2016

Nadja Wohlleben – 92 – Helga’s Disappearance

Helga now rests in peace at 'Heiliger See' (Engl: Holy Lake). I released her ashes into the wind there because it was Helga's favorite place in her birth town, Potsdam, as a young woman. Potsdam, GERMANY, August 25, 2016.

Nadja Wohlleben

92 – Helga’s Disappearance

My grandmother, Helga von Randow, was 92 years old when she was diagnosed with dementia. Shortly afterwards, she was admitted into a closed medical facility as her disease had deteriorated. Five months later, Helga passed away.

Over the course of these five months, I visited Helga often, spending quality time with her and documenting her daily life. I am grateful that I got to share so much time with my gran during her final weeks, doing all the things she loved most: playing card- and dice games, listening to her favorite singer Udo Jürgens, taking her out for walks in the park and having iced coffee in an Italian cafe. As time progressed, the dreadful effects of Helga’s illness, not only on herself but the rest of the family became apparent: My mom, Nicoletta, and I were trying hard to cope with the situation, feeling incredibly powerless and paralyzed.

Holding onto my camera gave me the strength and a certain distance to face the tragic reality of her horrible disease. The moment I put my camera aside, the pain would hit me with force: There was nothing I could do to help Helga. All I could do was to be by her side, hold her hand, and helplessly watch her once so witty spirit disappear and her body wither away.

When Helga passed away in October 2015 I was heartbroken, yet I also felt relief. Relieved because she didn’t have to suffer any longer. Relieved because she still recognized Nicoletta and I until the end. I was smiling through my tears, because I knew that she was resting in peace, freed from this awful disease.

This body of work is a tribute to my grandmother, whose grace and courage never seized to amaze and inspire me.

This essay was Shortlisted for the EPF 2016

 

 

 

Bio

Nadja Wohlleben is a German documentary photographer and cultural anthropologist. A careful play of documentation and artistry, Nadja’s work focuses on concepts of femininity, power and identity. Portraying people from diverse cultural backgrounds, she documents their stories through her imagery in an authentic, intimate and aesthetic style. With a keen eye for detail, Nadja’s photography brings humanity to the foreground. Nadja holds an MA in Photojournalism from University of Westminster in London. Her work gained international recognition through photo contests such as the International Photography Awards, FotoVisura Photography Grant, or Moskow International Foto Awards.

Wohlleben is based in Berlin.

 

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Playa del Carmen

I shot this a few years ago in Playa del Carmen, Mexico on a Magnum assignment. Going back next week to finish up BeachGames zine/book. My friends from Activa photo school in Mexico City will join me. They will be my subjects for the most part. I like most shooting the people I’m hanging with anyway. Makes for a good flow. I’m after nuance, so most likely the more I know the more mysterious I can be.

#OneShotDAH2016

Photo by Argus Paul

#OneShotDAH2016

Argus Paul, with the photograph above,  has won the small collector print that we offered via Instagram. Second place prize, one of my seasoned camera bags goes to Zlatko Vickovic, Diane Durongpisitkul, and Carlo Pirrognelli….Yes, three second prizes…Lots of good work in 24 hours I think. 

(Winners: Please email michelle@burnmagazine.org with your address so she can send out your prizes.)

This was a one time 24 hour shoot for this audience off my Instagram account. All of these pictures were made on December 20-21, 2016. 

I often like to see what photographers can do with a time limit. Such was the case here. Time limits are not everything of course, yet if you have an eye, you have an eye. That is all it takes. Not travel, not place, not anything but an eye.  Also for those wanting to go the pro route, then producing “on demand” is the name of the game…

We will have a few more things coming up this year to give everyone in this audience a chance to be in the BURN X book coming up to celebrate our 10th anniversary.

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Off soon

I’m off very soon to the Caribbean coast of Mexico. Playa del Carmen. To shoot more for my BeachGames book to be published late 2017. I think this might be good for anyone in this audience to come along for a one on one workshop experience. I’ve done this before. I take on a talented photographer who wants a workshop with me while I’m really shooting for a book. Yes this is super last minute. I will arrive Playa del Carmen January 3 and shoot for over a week. If you have any interest in applying contact: @michellemaddensmith via direct message Instagram. What I’ve done before is to have the workshop student basically shooting along with me. Daily critique of course of your work and a first hand look at how I build on an essay. 24 hour immersion. Again I’m only taking on ONE. Portfolio review required. If you have a flex schedule and can move fast, this experience will be one of a kind. I do this very rarely but this beach and scene lends itself to this approach. For sure a potentially terrific way to start the New Year and move you forward with your work.

Blue dance

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Day 10 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico One more for you Burn! We are still out here on a boat in the middle of the ocean. The music is good and people are dancing.

Last post from PR

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Day 10 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico Cheers burn! This is my last post for you. There is nothing more special than saying hello to you all from the middle of the ocean!! A huge thank you to the @burnmag team for allowing me to share snippets of my life with its followers! Thank you all!!

Lips

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Day 9 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico #artejangueo at the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. In this image, artists Bianca Montoya and surfboard shaper Ricky Muñíz; collaborators for this project. He shapes, she paints.

Eastern Shore


Eastern Shore, Va. 12-23-16. Road to ? Little known and sparsely populated the Eastern Shore of Virginia is a treasure. A sliver of land when seen from the air. A combo of farmland and protected Atlantic ocean barrier islands and the Chesapeake Bay on the other side. Marshes, woods, oyster roasts, blue crab feasts, kite boarding, small town charm, and country roads that take you where you didn’t know you wanted to go.

Happy Holidays

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Day 8 | @gbiprz from Puerto Rico ¡Saludos Burn! Happy holidays from San Juan, Puerto Rico!!

Claudia Heinermann – Wolfskinder

Claudia Heinermann

Wolfskinder

In the late summer of 1944 the Red Army reaches the border of East Prussia. Despite the imminent danger of a Soviet advance, Nazi authorities forbid evacuation of civilians. In October, the Russians eventually break through German lines, resulting in huge numbers of civilians starting to evacuate. Three months later, East Prussia is surrounded. 2.5 million people are desperately trying to save their lives; hundreds of thousands die. Thousands go missing trying to escape, while countless others remain behind. In both instances most of these are children. On both sides of the River Neman, they fight a battle of life and death against starvation, epidemics, bitter cold and Soviet despotism… On their own, these children struggled to survive in the forests of the Baltic countries. They were called Wolfskinder (German for ‘wolf children’). Some found shelter with Lithuanian farmers who secretly took them in and cared for them as best they could. In return, the children worked the land and looked after the livestock. Most of them were never able to attend school; even today, many cannot read or write. In general, the children were given a new identity and Lithuanian names to disguise their origins. Under these conditions they were able to escape deportation to Siberia. For decades they remained behind the Iron Curtain and were almost untraceable by relatives searching for their loved ones. Until now their fate has being unknown to the general public.

This essay was Shortlisted for the EPF 2016

 

 

 

Bio

Heinermann was born (1967) in Germany. She studied Fine Arts and Documentary Photography. She engages in long-term observational documentary projects with an emphasis on 20th century historical topics and the consequences of war. She made projects about German war graves in Russia, the Aftermath of war in Bosnia & Hercegovina, Young Bosnians in the Netherlands, Resistance Fighters, Aftermath of Genocide in Rwanda and about German war orphans (Wolfskinder) in Lithuania. Her work has been shown in several Memorials, War museum, Galleries, Photo festivals, and been published in magazines and photo books. Her book ‘Enduring Srebrenica’ was nominated for the Dutch Doc Award 2013 (best Dutch documentary photo stories) and her newest book ‘Wolfskinder A Post-War Story’ was nominated as one the 15 best photo books of 2015 in the Netherlands.

Heinermann lives and works in the Netherlands.

 

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