Monthly Archive for May, 2015

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Mary Ellen Mark




Mary Ellen Mark: 801O-001-01X Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1996 Photograph by Joshua Kogan

Mary Ellen Mark; Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA, 1996
Photograph by Joshua Kogan

 One day when I was in university, I picked up one of the photo magazines, and saw some pictures by a Mary Ellen Mark who had at the time a Ford Foundation grant to do work in Istanbul. The work blew me away. From that day forward, I kept my eye out for anything by Mary Ellen. For the next 5o years MEM continued to simply always be on to something special. Whether it was Street Wise, Falkland Road, Circus, Twins or those 20×24 Polaroids of high school proms, Mary Ellen never let up. Never. She was always working working working. I don’t know anyone who consistently produced amazing work over that time span more than Mary Ellen Mark. Her collaborations as well with Martin Bell both artistic and as life partner inspired us all. 

In short, Mary Ellen was a force. Rather IS a force. She inspired so many young photographers as a giving mentor in her workshops. I sat in the back go one of her classes in Oaxaca once in total admiration for the enthusiasm she was able to impart to her students. The last time I saw Mary Ellen she had so graciously come by to present work during one of my workshops. She was consummate inspiration.  

At times tough as nails and yet oftentimes sentimental and vulnerable , Mary Ellen suffered no fools. 

Great work Mary Ellen. You made it. Past, present, and future all with an MEM stamp.

A one of a kind woman. 

Mary Ellen Mark. A deep bow.




Mary Ellen Mark obituary, New York Times


Pinky and Shiva Ji with Laxmi in the Background, Great Royal Circus, Junagadh, India, 1990

Pinky and Shiva Ji with Laxmi in the Background,
Great Royal Circus, Junagadh, India, 1990


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I came from the only predominant Catholic nation in Southeast Asia, sticking out like a sore thumb. Around us are countries that have temples, Buddhas, and shrines with colours and culture that are alive with discourses on life and philosophy. In the Philippines we have malls, foreign brands, and hollywood. I am Jes Aznar @jeszmann posting on burndiary for the week as I travel to Nepal. #nepal #philipines #strangefruit


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Strange, I like alleyways a lot, even if I’m claustrophobic. I hate being inside an airplane especially on a long haul flight. But in alleys I can see, feel, smell, touch, and even taste life. Jes Aznar @jeszmann here posting on the diary for the week. #nepal #alley #kathmandu #life

The blur

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“Why are you taking pictures?” My 10 year old son asks. With his inquiring eyes slightly squinting and a stern look on his face. For a moment I paused, searching for a more specific answer. Perhaps a much simpler one. Its funny how it is hard to answer a simple question with a simple answer. At the back of your mind you know you understood the complexities of your answer but in reality it cab always be dealt with simplicity. The more you try to focus on one object, there is a big chance on losing the most important one in the blur. This is Jes Aznar @jeszmann posting for the diary while in Nepal.

Tripureshnor VDC

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Today is about heat and dust, and perseverance. I travelled more than 150 kilometers to the northwestern town of Tripureshnor VDC. I have never seen an earrhquake devastation of this magnitude before. It seems as like every corner and every household in this country is affected. But spirits are high and people do their best to rebuild. The day is also about perspective. These kinds of experiences help put yourself and your own thinking in its place in the bigger picture of this world. I am Jes Aznar @jeszmann posting for the diary while in Nepal. #nepal #nepalquake #diary #perspective #burndiary #burn

marta berens – dream chapter

Marta Berens

Dream Chapter


This is the Dream Chapter of my Fairytale story:

“It is out of reality that the most peculiar tale of all is born.
(…) Some call me the Elder Granny, others’ the Dryad, but my real name is Memory.
It is I who sits on a tree that keeps on growing, and growing, it is I who reminisces and tells stories.”*

This fairy tale is like a spell cast in an attempt to disenchant the past. It is an act of creating a new reality in which illusion is the truth.



They say that childhood is a time when one’s mind is asleep. Acting as a guide leading my daughter to consciousness I intend to implant in her a belief that ‘fairy tales are more than real, not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they make us realize that they can be conquered.’**

* H. Ch. Andersen
** C.K. Chesterton





Born in Warsaw, Poland.
In 2012 graduated from the Documentary Workshop with Michal Luczak, at Academy of Photography in Warsaw.
September 2012 – June 2013 member of Mentoring Programme lead by Sputnik Photos collective with Adam Panczuk as a mentor.
Since October 2013 student of Institute of Creative Photography at Silesian University in Opava, Czech Republic.


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We all have our stories

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I always wanted a world map when I was a child. On the first day of school during first grade, mom found me not in the classroom but out in the fields, skipping class. Fast forward to adulthood, I found myself quitting a lucrative job and actually went out to see the world. We all have our own stories to tell. Maybe thats what connect us all despite the distances. Jes Aznar @jeszmann on the diary for the week while in Nepal.

We can leave any moment

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Three years ago, I found myself on an early flight going to ground zero where typhoon Haiyan struck in the Philippines. Life was not easy, during those dark times. Especially for the people who are living in there. Suffering is not only limited to the physical factor, but what’s worse is the emotional and psychological trauma. Sometimes for us who just come and cover it, we can only do so little. We live with the fact that we can actually leave any moment, and they can’t. Jes Aznar @jeszmann here posting on the diary for the week. #nepal #rebuild #nepalquake #People #nepalphotoproject #photography #reportage

Half moon

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A month ago

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Photo © Jes Aznar for Burn Diary 

Exactly a month ago today, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, leaving thousands dead and destroying historic monuments and heritage sites. My heart goes to the Nepali people who stand strong as they try to rebuild their country and lives after this tragic event. #nepal #nepalphotoproject #rebuild #prayers