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Aline

Work seen at Photolucida

Pasab ©Dima Gavrysh


Dima Gavrysh just celebrated the birth of his first child, a wonderful milestone after years of focusing his lens on the difficult subject matter of war.  He has approached this subject in a variety of mediums and produced a number of compelling series in collaboration with charitable organizations such as Doctors Without Borders.  Dima has also been embedded with the US Army in Afghanistan numerous times creating projects such as Soldiers of Zerok and  Inshallah (which went on to receive Top 50 honors in Critical Mass , 2010).  The body of work that he brought to Photolucida was all captured in stunning black and white using a mobile phone.  Dima has a remarkable ability to capture the tension and charged experience of war with an artist's eye. 

Dima received his
MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in June 2012.
He obtained his first degree in Kiev, Ukraine in 2000 as a Director of
Photography in Motion Picture Imaging. For the past 12
years Dima has worked as a documentary photographer with major publications and
news agencies such as New York Times, Associated Press, and Bloomberg News. Dima was been the recipient of numerous awards and recently has a solo exhibition of this work at the Pictura Gallery. He is currently working on publishing his first book.


Inshallah
Inshallah (God willing in Arabic) is a project that explores the Soviet and American occupations of Afghanistan, and draws on my childhood fantasies that romanticize the military and intertwine with my past and present personal conflicts.

Zerok #1©Dima Gavrysh


As a Ukrainian who was born and raised in the former Soviet Union, this is the
second time that I live in a country that is fighting a war in Afghanistan.

Ambush ©Dima Gavrysh


I create a dark fairytale filled with my fears and dreams, based on my fascination with the army’s strength and order, set on the front lines of what has become America’s longest running war in history. Mesmerized by the complexity of the Afghan chaos, I strive to better comprehend my personal relationship to these wars: two empires, two mentalities, same battlefield, twelve years apart.

 Finch ©Dima Gavrysh

IED ©Dima Gavrysh

 Suicide Bomber ©Dima Gavrysh

Khost #3 ©Dima Gavrysh

 Larry ©Dima Gavrysh

EOD ©Dima Gavrysh

Tangi #2 ©Dima Gavrysh

Kandahar #2 ©Dima Gavrysh

 Paktika #2©Dima Gavrysh

 Brothers ©Dima Gavrysh

August 12th ©Dima Gavrysh

 Paktia #1 @©Dima Gavrysh

Kandahar #1 ©Dima Gavrysh

Zerok#2 ©Dima Gavrysh

Khost #2 ©Dima Gavrysh

Air Assault #2 ©Dima Gavrysh

Concussion Dust ©Dima Gavrysh

BAF ©Dima Gavrysh

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Sarah Stankey

Sasha Tamarin, Untitled, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem

Dagmar Vyhnalkova, Garden of Eden, Oman

Marilyn Lamoreux, Waiting for Spring, Plymouth, MN

Fernando Ramirez, Morning Glory, San Diego, CA

Joey Potter, Possums On A Half Shell, Juliette, GA

Marco Frauchiger, The Last Shuttle, Fort Pierce, FL

Michael Kirchoff, On Patrol, Los Angeles, CA

Gina Rondazzo, Wild #3, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Shawna Gibbs, The Entrance, Claremont, NH

Al Palmer, Untitled, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK

David Welch, Draining Chickens, Martha's Vineyard, MA

Christine Pearl, Hula Hoop, Washington DC

Laura Glabman, Untitled, Hewlett, NY

Helen Jones, Punk, Portland, OR

Elizabeth Ellenwood, Backyard Toys #1, Jamaica Plain, MA

Frank Biringer, Untitled (#H08-015), Doha, Qatar

DeAnn Desilets, Fairytale Mysteries, Bethlehem, PA

BK Skaggs, High Summer, Chandler, AZ

Deb Schwedhelm, Sky and Ryder, Tampa, FL

Michael Grace-Martin, Everyday Glam, Ithaca, NY

Elisabetta Cociani, Untitled, Badia, Italy

Ettore Maragoni, Cars, Naples, Italy

John Marshall Mantel, Good fences make good neighbors, Jackson, NJ

Warren Harold, Pool Queue, Houston, TX

Kristianne Koch Riddle, ...he would show me how to play (If I Had A Brother), San Clemente, CA

Jan Garcia, Lazy Afternoon Poolside, Surprise, AZ

Vicki Reed, Potting Shed, Cedarburg, WI

Steve Davis, Near Orland, CA

Bill Chapman, Boston: my backyard, Boston, MA

D Kelly, Springtime Front Yard, NJ

Mark Indig, Chairs, Los Angeles, CA

Lauren Grabelle, Sugar Under the Hammock, Bigfork, MT

Mark Kalan, Lawn Bunnies, Valley Cottage, NY

Bruce Morton, high water boat, Quincy, IL

Mike Whiteley, Rainbow Tree, Lincoln. NE

Suzanne Révy, Weeds, Carlisle, MA

Domenico Foschi, Marissa's Chairs, Whittier, CA

Mark Collins, Cerro Pedernal, Abiquiu, NM

Maggie Meiners, Le Cafe, Winnetka, IL

Deanna Dikeman, Toasting Marshmallows, Sioux City, IA

Adrienne Villar, Buddy, AR

Kati Mennett, Look!, Sandwich, MA

Clare O'Neill, Untitled from the Summertime Fun series, Nambe, NM

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Aline

This week, Lenscratch explores the work of 4 fathers interpreting life with their Autistic sons...

I had the pleasure of meeting Reathel Geary at Photolucida recently, where he shared his project, Waiting for Griffin, about his Autisic son.  The work was beautiful in person--well crafted photogravure prints infused with emotion and tenderness that had depth and power. I felt honored to share in his experience.  Selected images from the project are soon to be featured in Candela Gallery's Unbound2 Exhibition opening July 5th and running through August 3rd.

Reathel started his artistic journey as an escape from the stress of parenting an Autistic child. He found a way to express emotions that had no other outlet and started photographing his son. He uses a camera to engage, not evade life. Reathel has been recognized as a category winner in the IPA awards and as a finalist in the Px3 awards and Critical Mass. His work has been exhibited in numerous shows at Newspace Center for Photography, Lightbox Photographic and Candella Books. In 2013 my series Waiting for Griffin will be part of the Blue Sky Drawers program.

I asked Reathel to share how creating the work has informed or helped him. This is his response:
My background is in laboratory science, a place that seems far removed
from my creative endeavors these days. One lesson though I cherish from
my previous life was the belief that work was not finished until it was
shared. This is true not only for the academic world of science but also
of art. Though we create for ourselves I think it is critical to share
the work with others. This not only enriches their lives but informs us
about our work in ways that can be surprising. 


At
photolucida a number of people commented that the portraits of Griffin
were very close and intimate. After hearing this again and again it
dawned on me that my final edit was reflecting my desire to be close to
my son, something that is very challenging with an autistic child. It is
amazing that I could live with and edit these images for a year and in
just one day have such a foundational idea exposed through the process
of sharing. This was one of the highlights of my photolucida experience.


Waiting for Griffin
Autism is a separation of experience, where one is unable to participate fully in our shared reality. My son Griffin is autistic. Much of our experience is fraught with difficulty punctuated by moments of intense emotion.

In these photographs I share what I see as a father of a little boy struggling with autism. These photographs are sometimes beautiful, often difficult and always true. Not only to the moment but also to my hopes and fears for the future.

Each photograph is printed as a photogravure, a process that requires a high degree of physical manipulation. Each time I wipe the plate to remove the excess ink I do so with a father's hand. As I work the plate my son is revealed to me anew, beautiful and frightening in all his future possibilities. I see him for who he truly could be and I find myself waiting for Griffin.

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Augmented reality for mobile devices has grown in popularity in recent years partly because of the proliferation of smart phones and tablet computers equipped with exceptional cameras and partly because of developments in computer vision algorithms that make implementing such technologies on embedded systems possible.

Said augmented reality applications have always been limited to a single user receiving additional information about a physical entity or interacting with a virtual agent. Researchers at MIT’s Media Lab have taken augmented reality to the next level by developing a multi-user collaboration tool that allows users to augment reality and share that we other users essentially turning the real world into a digital canvas for all to share.

The Second Surface project as it is known is described as,

…a novel multi-user Augmented reality system that fosters a real-time interaction for user-generated contents on top of the physical environment. This interaction takes place in the physical surroundings of everyday objects such as trees or houses. The system allows users to place three dimensional drawings, texts, and photos relative to such objects and share this expression with any other person who uses the same software at the same spot.

If you still have difficulty understanding how this works and why I believe when made available to the general masses it will be a game changing technology for augmented reality and mobile devices, check out the following explanatory video.

Now, imagine combining this technology with Google Glass and free-form gesture recognition. How awesome would that be?

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I was recently in Chicago for the Filter Photo Festival and was happy to attend the opening of the Light Exhibition at the David Weinberg Gallery, jurored by Matthew Avignone and David Weinberg.  The walls were filled with compelling images and in the center of all that goodness, were the images of Clarissa Bonet.  Her stark and cinematic look at uban spaces were beautifully executed and I wanted to see more.

Clarissa received her M.F.A. in photography from Columbia College Chicago and her B.S. in Photography from the University of Central Florida. She is currently an adjunct photography teacher at Harrington College of Design. Her work has been exhibited national and internationally. She was the recipient of the Albert P. Weisman grant for two consecutive years. Her work is in the collection of the South East Museum of Photography and Calumet Photographic. She has most recently won PDN’s the Curator; search for undiscovered fine art photography.

 City Space 
The urban space is striking. Its tall and mysterious buildings, crowds of anonymous people, an endless sea of concrete constantly intrigue me. City Space is a ongoing photographic exploration of the urban environment and my perception of it. I am interested in the physical space of the city and its emotional and psychological impact on the body. 


These photographs reconstruct mundane events in the city that I have personally experienced or witnessed in public. Stark light, deep shadow and muted color are visual strategies I explore to describe the city. I use the city as a stage and transform the physical space into a psychological one. The images I create do not represent a commonality of experience but instead provide a personal interpretation of the urban landscape.















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LENSCRATCH is creating exposure opportunities for photographers with group on-line exhibitions. Photographers will be allowed ONE entry per exhibition and ALL photographs will be published. I firmly believe in having occasional unjurored opportunities that allow for community and conversation.

Submission Guidelines:

Image size: 72dpi at 1000px on the long side, save as a jpg.

Send name, title, location (where you captured the image), and link to your work (website or other)

Example:

Aline Smithson, The Red Rose, Los Angeles, CA (http://www.alinesmithson.com)

In the subject of your e-mail, type the name of the exhibition (example:AMERICANA) and e-mail to:

alinesmithson@gmail.com

If your images are sized incorrectly or the submission is incomplete, they will not be posted.

Submission Categories and Due Dates:

Due Date: June 29th

AMERICANA Exhibition to run on July 4th.

All things American...

Image by Aline Smithson


Due Date: August 20th

YOUR HOME TOWN  Exhibition to run on August 27th.

Where you live or where you were born

image by Aline Smithson


Due Date: October 24th

MASKS and COSTUMES  Exhibition to run on October 31st.

Scarier the better!

Image by Aline Smithson

Due Date: November 15th

FAVORITE PETS and ANIMALS Exhibition to run on November 22nd (Thanksgiving)

To say thank you to that family member that seldom get recognized...feel free to send a few sentences about what makes them so special.

Check back for new opportunities....

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