September 29, 2010

Traditional medicine

A while ago I designed an Annual Report for the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria and as they did not have any money for photography I offered to take some for free. I was fortunate enough that Vlado Krstevski, a Chinese medicine practitioner, allowed me to visit his clinic. I was in heaven - he had bookshelves full of jars filled with traditional Chinese medicine. You can imagine my delight as I delved into the landscapes of healing properties.

September 28, 2010

Buy one

We all know that publishing a book is hard, but self publishing and then having a third of their stock misplaced/lost by their courier is even harder. “Conditions” by Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann gets introduced by Alec Soth "One of the best part of being a photographer is having an excuse to get lost. Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann’s excellent new book, Conditions, gives readers their own chance to do so.”

"Conditions examines what it means to choose one’s own way of life. It portrays people who lead a free and independent life, and who have to learn how to cope with freedom, to find their own unique way. Conditions shows pictures of people who long to be socially accepted without having to conform, people who are 'on the road,' searching, hoping and doubting."

“Conditions” by Andrés Marroquín Winkelmann
26x21cm | 10.2x8.2in
128 pages
56 full color plates
Edition of 300
Limited Edition Box: 20
Edited by Adam Bartos
with an Essay by Dr. Jörg M. Colberg

Buy one or two and pass them on

September 20, 2010

Dimensions of depth

When I saw the images of Elise Boularan I though I was in a french film. Her story telling allows us different kinds of pleasures and has all the energy and sensation arising from contemplation.

September 19, 2010

Common ground

How often do you get to go with your parents on their honeymoon? Jure Kastelic did just that and recorded the voyages of the past.

September 17, 2010

Seeking safety

Refugees are worldwide problem that shouldn't stop at any nation's borders, so when I received an email by Sara Forrest I was more then interested to have a look at her images. She shot her series "New roots for refugees" only a couple of weeks ago where she concentrated on a group of female refugee farmers and their families (from Somalia, Burundi, Sudan, Burma, etc.) who have been resettled in an urban section of Kansas City, Kansas in the United States. Her purpose of the project was to create awareness for refugees new to the US, to focus on urban agriculture and community based markets and to highlight the beautiful and enduring spirits of these female refugees. Her images are perfectly exquisite still life's and her colors present us with the essence of vulnerability.

September 15, 2010

A big thank you

I am just thrilled. I got to know Joost a tiny bit over emails after he subscribed and in the process I learned he was a big ipad fan... so I asked him to tell me about his experience with UYW. I have been looking into making UYW ipad friendly, but hmm can't really afford one at the moment... so he made this for me. Thank you Joost - I am touched. It gives me a great indication how it looks and what I need to change. It is amazing and I am often blown away by technology and how fast it moves. In 1989 I started a typical typesetter apprenticeship with lead type and no computers.... Do you have any idea how long it took to change the smallest thing? Forever.

Greatest act of bravery

I was intrigued when I received some images from Jonathan Cherry, so I went to his website and really enjoyed his "Blue Watch" series. “The difference between a man and a boy is, a boy wants to grow up to be a fireman, but a man wants to grow up to be a giant monster fireman.” Jack Handy.

September 14, 2010

I could stand on a beach until the end of time

I came across Douglas Ljungkvist's "Ocean Beach" images a while ago, but never got around to posting them. His soft, opaque and subdues colors are delightful, they capture the qualities of immediacy & spontaneity well.

September 12, 2010

Space, Air, Light, Silence

I take every opportunity I can - to explore the mountain at the end of our driveway. These trees have been here for 100's of years and will still be here, long after I have moved on - looking the same - but different.

September 7, 2010

Past perfect

So how absolutely amazing are Josef Schulz's "Uebergang" images? Actually all of his images. Firstly I wanted to showcase his "terraform" series, but then, well how could I go past these ones? I used to love stopping at this little huts/rooms, show my little passport and be off on a new adventure with languages I didnt understand, but got to eat pasties and drink wines I loved... Anyway I am getting a little side tracked here... “Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.” ( Peter De Vries) I know sometimes I feel like a big happy hippo, ohh isnt this nice and this and what about this etc, but you know, for every ohh I also look through 100's of website, well which frankly aren't, so when I do find a great one, my heart skips a beat and I believe again.


The other day I received a subscription for UYW by Virginia Woods-Jack and we started a lovely email dialogue. It still amazes me how easy it is to meet new people, learn about their passions, hear about their new projects and generally get a feel of who they are... A few days later I received these images from her "Gazing" series. Of her work Virginia says: "Interacting with our reflection is usually a function of brushing our teeth, combing our hair, shaving etc. I wanted to know what would happen if we actually stopped and looked? What would we see and how would we feel about what we saw? I decided to place some parameters around these works namely a time period was important element as well as an unbroken time period. I asked the subjects to look at themselves in a mirror that they would most often look at themselves in for a period of roughly 5 minutes. This is long enough to go past the initial awkwardness and not too long so as to loose interest. I shot one roll of film, 12 frames. At the end of the shoot I asked them to write in a sketch book any thoughts or feelings that may have arisen whilst looking at themselves. Every individual had their own experience however, there were some similarities in the age groups and sexes with how they actually interacted with their reflections. My observations of how they behaved however, didn’t give any clue to the thoughts and feelings they revealed in their writings. Their words went beyond the surface and opened up the person behind the gaze. The hand written texts, the way they wrote on the page all became integral to this project the words and the pictures complementing and enhancing one another. This marriage of image and words builds pictures of fragility, strength, time of life, self awareness and blissful ignorance of self."