Issue 7 of Télégramme is here (and on time, too! Go me) and it features a bumper crop of awesome people. In alphabetical order to alleviate favourtism: Alistair Watkins-Stuart, Anna Wilton, Dianne Tanner, Luiza Potiens and Marina Oprea – thank you, for agreeing to be featured and for lending me your beautiful work :)
If you like this issue I’d love it if you would please considering sharing it. Tweet it, post it on Facebook, write a blog post about it – whatever you feel like doing is a-okay by me. I don’t make any money from this and I never will, but I’d love to share these artists with more people, and the only way I can do that is if you guys get on board too :)
Signs everywhere. Aren’t they beautiful? Hooray for typography!
Sunshine, cocktails, paddling pools. Long, light evenings with the smell of BBQ wafting on the air. Early morning sunrises.
Summer is here and it is glorious and I could not be happier :)
I often get submissions to Télégramme from photographers and I try to feature as many as I can, either on the blog or in the actual issues of magazine itself. This is one such submission that I’ve received, and I’d like to share it. Introducing:
“JKPG (short for Jönköping, city in Sweden).
Dark. Gray. Grainy. Blurry. A photo story about a welfare state in decline. A story about a country with many lonely, frightened people. But also a declaration of love to the most beautiful city on the planet.
Multi-exposures. The photographs are taken with old plastic cameras (toy camera such as vintage Diana and Holga 120). Each photograph consists of between five and fifty exposures.
”It was Vettern that lent such charm to the landscape north of Mount Taberg. It was as if a blue ether had risen up from the lake, and veiled the land. Groves and hills and roofs, and the spires of Jönköping City, which shimmered along Vettern’s shores, lay enveloped in pale blue that caressed the eye. If there were countries in heaven, they, too, must be blue like this, thought the boy, believing that he had got a faint idea of how it must look in Paradise.”
Quote from “Nils Holgersson’s wonderful journey through Sweden” by Selma Lagerlöf (1858-1940).
JKPG will be published as a photo book later this year. JKPG will also be exhibit in Malmö in August and Jönköping in September.”
Johan very kindly agreed to answer a few questions about his work:
27 years old.
I was born in Skövde, Sweden, but I am currently living in Jönköping, Sweden.
Mostly with vintage cameras. My favorite at the moment is an old Diana camera from the mid ’60s.
I got my first camera when I was a kid, but it was not until 2008-2009 that I started doing it more seriously.
Art and music.
I photograph the things that matter in my life. It could be my wife, our daughter, the town I live in, or other similar things. I rarely take photos of strangers.
JKPG (short for Jönköping) is the city I live in. I started the project a long time ago. I guess I took the first photo in this project in 2010. I am motivated by my curiosity. What happens if you expose every frame fifty times?
If I could not take photos, I would devote myself to art. The problem, though, is that I can not paint very well.
My first book – JKPG – will be published later this year. JKPG will also be exhibited in Jönköping this fall.
I photograph, therefore I am. :)
You can find more of Johan’s work on his website :)
For no reason, other than the fact that I like them, I present the 30th edition of Feel Good Friday.
Today’s photographer spotlight is Rafaëlle Berthault is 27-year-old French photographer living in Paris. I asked her some questions about her work, and this is what she said…
I mainly use analogue camera. My favourite one is a Nikon FE that I found two years ago on internet. I began to shoot film with an old Holga, from Lomography, that I had borrowed. And eventually I got myself one.. but I was a bit disappointed by the new one.. Then I used a lot of Lomography cameras such as supersampler, Diana mini, Fisheye. A very good friend of mine gave me a Polaroid Instax mini Fuji for my 24 birthday and I liked it so much! Sometimes I use a Canon EOS 3000… but my favourite one is definitely my Nikon FE.
One of my subject is contemplation. Ordinary contemplation. I am doing a series of pictures which shows people in a contemplative mood in front of nature, monuments, attraction, anything you can contemplate.
I would draw. But to be honest, I’d be very sad if I couldn’t take pictures anymore!
My dream is to open a café and art gallery in Mexico city. A place where people can stay, read, talk and discover new things. But as I say, it’s a dream. In the near future, I’d like to continue to work in humanitarian issues, but not in France. I really need to move and have a field experience.
For me, pictures can show things stronger than words can do. That’s what I like the most. When I take a portrait from someone that I love, someone who loves me too, I can feel it trough the picture, you can see the feeling in the face, the eyes. I love that.
I also think that photography can help the world to be better, showing reality. I recently read a book of a French photograph that I like, Raymond Depardon, about Lebanon. He made a compilation of his pictures of Lebanon from de 60′s until now. He tried to show the evolution of this country, before and after the war. His work is amazing. That’s I enjoy about photography. It’s the best “witness” of what’s really happen.
You can find more of Rafëlle’s work here.