KIEV by Stephen Foote

“I went to Kiev shortly after the gunning down, by sniper fire, of 100 protesters in the Maidan protests in Kiev in February 2014. There was an interesting contrast of debris from months of protest covered in soot from endless fires. Floral memorials had been placed everywhere in the square, on barricades, barbed wire and riot shields. Despiet the incredibly sombre atmosphere, the colour of the flowers seemed to shine through some semblance of hope.”

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I am a freelance documentary cameraman, filmaker and photographer based in UK. I studied photography at Plymouth College of Art in the late 1970’s, was the staff photographer and member of the diving team that excavated and raised the wreck of King Henry VIII’s flagship, Mary Rose. I have filmed many award winning documentaries all over the world, and have also filmed in several war zones – Gaza, Iraq, Crimea, Sierra Leone, Central African Republic etc, taking still pictures along the way. I am most interested in landscape photography, and trying to find the unusual in the usual…

See more of Stephen’s work here.

CHASING LIGHT AND LIFE IN BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR by Pamela Haberman

 

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The Baja Peninsula is one of those Jungian archetypes that ignites an immediate and strong reaction in anyone who experiences it. Whether it’s the culture or the geography, something happens that either attracts or repels a new visitor. There is never a middle ground, an absence of effect or indifference. For me a personal rebirth is instantly met and I feel something akin to a spiritual affinity for the area.

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Remnants

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Sneetches

As a photographer I am overwhelmed by the sensory gifts of Baja—the rugged mountains and canyons, bare-foot blonde beaches, inscrutable deserts and the paradox of wild coast on one side of the peninsula and glass calm sea on the other. Underlying all of it is the quality of Baja light.

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Sun worshippers

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Thelma and Louise

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This collection of photographs is from the Tropic of Cancer region of Baja California Sur during a couple of my annual motorcycle sojourns to Baja.

To enjoy more of Pamela’s work visit her Flickr page and her JPG page

ON THE LIMINAL EDGE by Anne McGinn

Perspectives of Fall, secrets and reflections of a season in transition.

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Anne McGinn is an image maker from Los Angeles, California. She expresses emotion, reveals beauty and explores the liminal edge between reality and dreams throughout her work.

See more of Anne’s work here and her previous contributions to aamora here.

CHILDHOOD by Michael Ast, Jeff James and Llorenç Rosanes

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“The photographs here are meant to illustrate the energy of young children; in particular, two siblings close in age – one with male energy, one with female energy, and the impulsive energy ignited from their combined sense of elation, adventure and unconditioned imagination. As a father, entirely in love, and loved in return, their joy has earned me an exclusive, second take on life in this world.”

 


JEFF JAMES

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Chiri in the garage

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Gideon on the swing

Jasper in the wagon


Jasper in the wagon


LLORENC ROSANES


Most of us enjoy the feeling of being naked, but children have no inhibitions about being free of their clothes!

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Michael’s posts on aamora


Jeff’s posts on aamora


Llorenç’s posts on aamora


Aamora asked three excellent photographers, who are young fathers, to give us their vision of childhood. Our thanks to all three for sharing their intimate images of childhood on Aamora!

THE AAMORA INTERVIEW. 2. Michael Van Der Tol

For our second interview we’ve asked aamora founder member Michael Van Der Tol to answer our questions.

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 Why photography?

At one time in my life it was oils & water colors, but that soon gave way to photography for the simple reason that I can capture moments that turn into memories. With my painting I would recreate memories of past moments. At this point in my life I prefer the former.

Cellphones.

A good conduit for consuming shared imagery, but a lot of photography is better viewed in a larger form factor – like a print or a higher resolution screen or tablet.

Digital v. Film – still a topic?

Not relevant – it’s like oils v. acrylics; or instant film vs. lab processed film.

 Is the equipment important?

At one time it was, as very few had access to basic equipment and processes because of the cost; not anymore.

 How did you learn to photograph?

I’m still learning, but I started practising on film and then began practising using digital.

Are photographs “taken” or “made”?

Some are made – some are taken. I enjoy the process of making photographs. For me the process starts with the capture of the image. The making comes in the processing of the image. On rare occasions I am happy with a “taken” photograph.

Is photography art?

Photography is art. You may get arguments from purists who say Visual Art and digital photography are at two different ends of the artistic spectrum – with technology having no place in art. I would encourage those who think this way to consider watching an eye-opening documentary called “Tim’s Vermeer”, about one of the great Dutch painters, Johannes Vermeer.

Where do you go to look at photographs?

Like most people I consume a lot of photography via the internet. Sites like VSCO, 500px, Flickr, Instagram are some of my favorites for different reasons.

Who is it for – you or them?

A lot of what I take is for me and I share a small fraction with others. A lot of what I don’t share is more experimental – as I prefer to hone the concept before sharing.

View Michel’s contributions to aamora here.

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C∀M∃R∀ 0bSCUR∀ (part one) by Simon J Powell

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C∀M∃R∀ 0bSCUR∀ is an ongoing street photography project motivated by a desire to explore fresh and intriguing perspectives on the world. Shadows are often used for dramatic effect in black and white street photography. However, they are usually contingent on the depiction of the subject that casts them and are of incidental, purely aesthetic significance. By making the shadow itself our principle focus, we can glimpse a surreal and curious realm, often overlooked, that resides within the commonplace and everyday.

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A shadow is at once real but intangible, familiar and magical, clear in form yet obscure in meaning. It is an accurate reflection of the figure it clings to, but like a dream filtered through the prism of the mind, is transformed through the angles of light and surface, and the photographer’s lens, which imparts his own meaning into the darkness between the lines. Just as painters in a bygone age sat in small dark rooms tracing images of what stood outside a tiny window, in the bright sunlight. The image is precise, but not exact. Everything is reversed or upside down. But, perhaps this is all we ever see of anyone: shadows, projections, our associations.

For more of the artist’s work, visit Simon’s facebook page

IDEA DI SILENZIO di Carlo Pisa


Welcome back Carlo Pisa with the second chapter of his DE STRUCTURA 3 portfolio.

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Milan (Italy).The Bovisa district

There is a border that Carlo Pisa wanted to cross.To see beyond the sharpness, to perceive the shapes outside, over those completed borders, resolute. To catch a glimpse of other universes, to provoke the differences between them.
Light opens new visions. The known matter disappears and transforms, regenerating itself. The colors reconceive, renewing themselves in an endless dance.
To deduce (to take away) the visible, and induce (to give) the mechanical/human eye to concentrate on the full emptiness, looking away from the immediate.To perceive the harmonics of the image – not the dominant, but the hidden movable or immovable.
The work of Carlo Pisa is here, within these inexact borders. Not out of focus, or outside the focus or even inside of it, that is the space that the exact focus hides. The blurring of the images shows the life of the middle, which investigates the choking of light that an aware and direct eye perceives, and to subvert the hierarchy of shapes and lines, capturing the poetry which is in everything.

Text by Oxana Maleeva (Curator)

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Milan (Italy). The Bovisa disrict

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Milano (Italy) near the Arena Civica

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Milan (Italy) The back of the Pirelli Cavi Building. Bicocca district.

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Milano (Italy) near Rogoredo station

Carlo Pisa was born in Italy. Currently he lives and works between Italy and Russia.

In 1982, he started studying photography and began work as David Lees’ assistant on the staff of the photographers of the Time Life group. He also was part of international working teams and was involved in international workshops on photojournalism hosted by Alex Webb, Jeff Jacobson, Bob Sacha, Tomasz Tomaszewski and Jane Evelyn Atwood.

From 1984 to 2004 he worked as a professional photojournalist.

As of 2004, he has been engaged in individual researches meant to be the first step of an exclusively artistic path.

To read more about Carlo’s professional work and exhibitions go to his first post on aamora.

To see more of his work go to his website and Facebook page.

“A DAY WITH THE MERMAIDS” Coney Island NYC by aamora member Danielle Kelly

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Enjoy more of Danielle’s work on tumblr and on her website

 


You can see Danielle’s earlier contributions to aamora here.

DROMEN/DREAMS by Caroline Penris

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By chance I wandered into a dream,

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and in that dream I was the sky,

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and in that dream I was the sea,

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and across my still waters a small boat sailed.

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Enjoy more of Caroline’s work on her website.

See Caroline’s earlier contributions to aamora here.

(words by Catharine Amato)

The Aamora Interview. 1- ALEXIS GERARD

Founder member of aamora, Alexis Gerard answers some questions on photography.

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Museuminsel, Berlin, Germany (July 2014) by Alexis Gerard

Why photography?

To pay attention to the world. To remind ourselves and hopefully all those who look at our images, that even what we consider most ordinary is in fact extraordinary and amazing. We knew that as children but we forgot it over time.
Photography is a magical tool to help us remember.

 

Cellphones

A camera we have with us even when we have no other camera, one that gets better with every generation of phones.Also the device that enables us to converse visually with others, a shift in our communication patterns that will have profound impact on our culture and even on our brains over time.


Digital vs Film -still a topic?

Not really, the characteristics of each are known and we choose between them according to our temperament and goals.


Is the equipment important?

Absolutely. Great images can be made with any kind of equipment, but the equipment’s characteristics determine one’s options with respect to visual style. You can’t make any kind of image with any kind of equipment, at least not well.


How did you learn to photograph?

At first by doing and reading. I’d go out and photograph, and when my images had technical problems I read books to try and figure out what I’d done wrong.That got me far enough to build a portfolio on the basis of which I was accepted at The International Center of Photography as a full-time student for a year. That was a huge learning experience.


Is photography art?

It’s the most accessible form of personal artistic expression.Whether or not it qualifies as art with a capital “A” is determined by the cultural powers that be and by the eye of the beholder.


Where do you go to look at photographs?

I look at tons of images online, mostly Flickr.There are some amazing creators there.I am also fortunate that there are many wonderful museums and galleries in the SF Bay Area that show photography. I look at painting, too.


Who is it for-you or them?

I’d photograph even if no one else could see my work, but I’d really miss the interactions.

Alexis Gerard’s contributions to aamora

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