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BLACK ICE exhibition by holger feroudj

BLACK ICE exhibition

I’m happy to announce my BLACK ICE exhibition in Tokyo from 2014 Oct. 17th to Nov 1st and the reception party on Oct. 18th

It is my first exhibition after 2 years and going to be themed around my recently released book “White Snow on Black Ice”. Of course, the book itself will be on display, as well, so everyone will have a chance to experience it without the need to commit to buying one, if it’s not sold out by then anyway.

Details

BLACK ICE photo+book exhibition
by Holger Feroudj

Duration: Oct. 17th to Nov. 1st
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat. 19:00 – 3:00
Venue: OFFICE Gaienmae

 

日本語

BLACK ICE展示で最近手作りの自分で出版した「White Snow on Black Ice」という写真集/アーツブックの上、本から取られた画像が違った風に大きいプリントとして展示されます。
記憶というものを本とプリントの作品を見ながら感じられます。

Description (English)

This exhibition is based on my recently released handmade art- and photobook “White Snow on Black Ice,” and will show both the book as well as abstract large format black and white photographs taken from the images in the book.

Synopsis of the book:

“‘White Snow on Black Ice’ is the result of using photography and book design to capture the invisible bond of memories connected to places of my past I have rich memories tied to. Places that make me re-live certain events, painful and happy alike; however, memory does not work like a video recorder. Memory changes upon re-living it. The harder you try to see and remember, the deeper you go, layer by layer, the more likely you are to re-write your past without even realizing it. Until you feel that you really experienced it.
Using a multilayered design with a special kind of reflective printing on black paper, the process of browsing and looking at these photographs of the frozen ground I experienced so much on supports the feeling of how memory works.”

Both the exhibited photographs, as well as the book, give a deep impression on the fallibility and bias of our memory.

The story of the Fox

Not a part of the BLACK ICE series, I depended on it to keep the series together when on a wall instead of in the book. The fox is a print of mine that I come to love more and more as the years pass – I already shot it like 7 years or so ago. It’s like only now I get to know the little fella with his glance straight into my soul better. This is also the reason why so far it is the only print that I explicably offer as fine art print on my little store: holgerferoudj.com/store/shop/prints/fox/

Some of the other prints I have have to stand the (emotional) test of time first.

 

 

Awesome Photographers on Ello

10+ Ello Awesome Photographers

The social platform Ello has been really taking off in 2014 – and the trend continues this year with ever rising speed.

So, you just joined and now you need to find people that share awesome content? Well, if it’s fantastic photographs you are looking for, congratulations: Your search has come to an end.

There are already one or two lists with photographers to follow online, but instead of putting hundreds of people that take photos (e.g. everyone!) on a list like the others, I decided to do my own with people that I follow and love myself, and who I have hand picked to high standard, giving priority to others than the usual suspects, so you can meet some new awesome people.


 

(updated 2015/07/03)

by @holgerferoudj (that’s me, haha)

The New Ones – July 3rd:

Matthew Schiavello @matthewschiavello
Can Agaoglu @canagaoglu
Ilya Perfilyev @perfilyev

The List:

Luca Venter @luca
Witchoria @witchoria
Timothy Saccenti @tsaccenti
Zack Roif @zckrf
James Heal @healbyphoto (some NSFW)
Resa Rot @resarot (some NSFW)
Simos Xenakis @simosxenakis
mamo delpero @mamo
Martin Gommel @martingommel
Georgios Karamanis @georgios
Grant Blakeman @gb
Damon Way @damon
Rinzi Ruiz @rinzizen

 

 


 

The list is going to be updated and extended on my blog as soon as I find more high quality photography.

If you think you got what it needs to be added or know someone else, send me a message! 🙂

What are your 50 best photographs? - holger feroudj / blog

What are your 50 best photographs?

Two weeks ago I ran into trouble: A very experienced and successful photographer asked me to send him my 50 best photographs by the morning of the following day. Not 10 good photographs, but my 50 best photographs. Now, I would already be a very happy man if I had even 50 good photographs… and besides, I have been shooting a lot of different things over the past 10 years, how could I possibly make a good selection without any restriction other than “best”? Worse yet: I only had half a day to make the selection.

Needless to say it was a long night. When it was already getting bright outside, I was exhausted, sleepy, tired. I wasn’t satisfied with my selection. Once again I realized there’s so much more work to do, so many photos I didn’t take yet, but have to. And it was really hard to decide which ones to keep and which ones to delete. I decided to let it be, sent the 50 photos in, and went to bed in a rather ill mood.

This is the selection I came up with, my 50 best photographs as of July 2014: holgerferoudj.com/album/50-best-photographs/

What are your 50 best photographs?

Show me YOUR 50 best photographs!

I am asking you now to do the same. I am challenging you: Which photographs would you choose if you had to send me your 50 best photographs by tomorrow morning? I promise, it is going to be an eye opening experience. One that is worth it.

(e.g. share it on your website, flickr, some other social media thing where you can share albums, dropbox, etc!)

 

 

White Snow on Black Ice

Making the Book: Black Ice

Update (2014/8/3): The book is finished. See detailed photos of how it turned out on the new holger feroudj / store section.
 

When I went to Germany last winter, for the first time after more than 3 years, it was only natural to take my camera and use photography to connect to what I was feeling when re-visiting all these places I had rich memories tied to.
Acting out of intuition at first, I pretty soon knew what I wanted to say – my vision was clear and I worked every day on this Germany project I had on mind.
This book here is an initially unplanned side project, a sub chapter of this larger Germany project.

At the core, I was looking to capture the invisible bond of memories connected to these places of my past. Places that make me re-live certain events, painful and happy alike; and yet, memory doesn’t work like a video recorder. Memory changes upon re-living it. The harder you try to see and remember, the deeper you go, layer by layer, the more likely you are to re-write and change your past without even realizing it. Until you become convinced of it. Until you feel that you really experienced it. Crazy huh?

With this in mind, not articulated yet, though, I set out to take photos…
Back in Japan, I then spent a long time with these photographs, putting them on my wall, living with them while focusing on other things. I went into the incubation phase I mentioned before in “The Yin and Yang of Creativity.

Making the book: Black Ice

Making the book: Some sketches

Making the book: Black Ice

Making the book: Black Ice. Cutting and trimming.

One of those other things I was focusing on is learning how to make proper books with my own hands. Materials, techniques, binding, gluing, folding… Using ancient manuscripts and modern textbooks as a guide. Fascinating stuff, and powerful. (And fun!) Sure, you could merely have your photos printed in a book and that’s it – as many people do -, and that’s fine, but a book can be so much more than that.

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Art is a Lie

Art vs. Craft

This is an excerpt taken from my last LETTER – my monthly newsletter about visual arts, photography and Japan. If you’ve already subscribed to it you’ll know this, but still feel free to discuss in the comments 🙂

 

Did you ever think about what the difference between Art and Craft is? Can craft be art? Does art require craft? And where does photography fit into this? I’ve been thinking about that after listening to a conversation on On Taking Pictures that contained more thoughts than fit easily into my brain. I’m rather slow at “getting” things.

Emotion – one key element?

Photography arguably is a craft, as in you have to use the camera’s settings skilfully to get a decent picture. But then, it also isn’t because many cameras allow you to merely press a button to get a picture, and I don’t see any craft in that. One can carefully craft a picture by taking all the settings in their own hands, and by crafting the composition etc. – or, on the other hand, one can come up with a wonderful photograph with a point and shoot camera, without crafting anything. And we’re not even including printing in the discussion here.

So, what is the difference between craft and art? Both, a well-crafted as well as a point-and-shoot’ed photograph, can be art, and both can not be art. A well crafted photograph, tack-sharp, perfectly exposed and composed, maybe using the latest gear, but that I still would never consider “art” is what I see more as a rule than an exception these days. It satisfies gear affectionados, but doesn’t really stir any emotions. “Emotion” – one key element of art?

Intent/Vision

Another element I thought important for some time might be “intent,” “vision,” or some kind of concept: “What do you want to say?”
But then, I know many renowned art photographers – especially Japanese – just shoot and do that thinking/intentional part much later. And many others come up with meticulously planned concepts for a photograph and go through greatest efforts to produce an image that often seems way too planned out, way too conceptional, and rather tedious.
And then there are big artists like Magnum photographer Antoine d’Agata, who is very conscious about wanting to eliminate every single bit of consciousness when creating his photographs, numbs all thinking with drugs, gives his middle finger to all technical aspects of photography and acts from a very primal, unconscious place.
Antoine’s exhibition is on in Tokyo right now, by the way, and I admit that if I hadn’t kind of “befriended” him over the course of the last year, and as a consequence hadn’t learnt about his backstory as well as hear him talk about his work, I would have easily disregarded his photography as artsy-fartsy merely controversial “stuff” without much to it. I still don’t get my head around his photographs, but I know now that I don’t have to – and that they aren’t digested easily, but instead encapsulate something rooted very deeply.

Being called an “artist”

So, you see, I still can’t get my head around this whole arts thingy, and that is probably also the reason why I feel very uncomfortable with people calling me an artist – which sometimes happens – God knows why – and which always makes me feel pretty phoney.
Being called a craftsman is nice, because it implies you do something very well. What does being called an artist imply?

Tell me, will I ever have to understand all that artsy stuff to be able to create something that can be called “art” by someone some time and NOT make me feel pretentious? I guess you’ll only know after the act. Or what do you think?

 

Addition (July 3rd): Beautiful follow-up/write-up on this ongoing conversation by Kristopher Matheson. Well, I think we arrived more or less at the conclusion that it does not matter what is art when making your works, but that conclusion comes with a big chunk of content hiding under the surface, iceberg like.

 

 

http://holgerferoudj.com/newsletter

NEWSLETTER

Who doesn’t love to receive a letter? I LOVE letters, both writing and receiving them. Which is one of the reasons why I decided to release a monthly-or-so newsletter in 2014: THE LETTER

To celebrate the launch I’ll be sending out the next best thing, postcards with my prints, until end of January to the first 50 people or so – I’ll send out the details in the actual LETTER later this month: holgerferoudj.com/newsletter

So, what is this all about?

Now, it is asked quite a lot to surrender your email address to someone. I know, I know. Especially at a time of sensory overload, when like every single shop or business spams you day by day with special offers – so why did I want to start writing these letters? What can you expect from signing up to this newsletter that you can’t already find on facebook, Google+, twitter or my website blog here? Why would you care, and what’s in it for you?

Well, let me give you my point of view: I love photography. I love the visual arts. Not one single day passes without me shooting photos, looking at photography, illustrations or paintings and discovering something that inspires me. Now, this part of me, you might know already.

What you might not know is that I also love writing with pen and ink (I am, in fact, writing these words here on real paper right now… well, before transcribing it into my computer). I like handwritten letters and cards, it feels more intimate and human. I hate the telephone – I love looking people in the eye when talking about something. Imagine a room with a fireplace, and the cracking of firewood in the flames, sitting with some people you know and talking as you please, in private. This intimate feeling is what I love and long for. And transferred to the digital world, I can’t get that on facebook or Google+ or twitter, and not even on this website – as much as I love these for what they can do.

A newsletter, however, is more like it. In fact, it doesn’t even feel like writing you some random stuff online – no, for me this here right now feels like writing a personal letter to a friend, nothing “published” on whichever platform, just a letter directly into your mailbox. For you, from me.

This way I can tell you many things – personal, too – that I just wouldn’t feel comfortable publishing. Things you’ll likely find more interesting. Or the one or other anecdote I pick up on my journey. Or some of the wonderful experiences I make at my Magnum Photos part-time job. This is like our closed community, we are pen pals, this is our private lounge where we can hang out, our living room with fireplace.

Postcards?

I’d love to send this newsletter to each of you as a handwritten letter – but, alas, I only have so many hands, and so much ink. What I want to do, though, is start the new year by sending you at least a post card with a print of one of my photographs glued to it, and some words from my pen.

Once I’ve figured out the logistic details I will post them in the first issue of THE LETTER later this month, and to every new subscriber until the end of January. If you’ve already signed up at holgerferoudj.com/newsletter then don’t worry – you’ll get the details into your inbox.

First come first served!

I create whatever I want

Mandevilla Rascal - "The earth laughs in flowers."

You hopefully haven’t noticed, but I am very productive these days. Because I share less. I went down the black hole and came back.
Let me elaborate just a tiny bit.

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Composition Special pt.2: Color and Texture

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on inspired by 7188, my visual diary on tumblr. This blog post is a distillation of the good stuff.

Today’s blog post is the promised second part of my composition and visual elements that make a photograph series. In the first part, I was writing about how shapes and lines make up a photograph, and how they influence the mood and emotional response of the viewer.

Today I’m going to introduce the two other main visual elements in a photograph: color and texture.

These 4 elements – shape, line, color, texture – are the basic elements from which you build your composition and perspective. It’s like cooking: once you know your ingredients, you know how to cook better. All of a sudden you know exactly what’s missing in your meal, and what spice you have to add to give it that special taste you’re after. Not only that, you’ll also start to appreciate that incredible dish you had in that new classy restaurant or at your friend’s mom’s much more, and you’ll understand exactly what makes it taste special/awesome. (Did I mention that cooking is one of my biggest passions after creating photographs?) Bottom line: Know your ingredients.

How can color and texture be used more consciously in a photograph, to say what you want to say? Or if you’re the viewer, how come you find some photos speak stronger and clearer to you than others? Let’s start with color.

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Composition Special pt.1: Shapes and Lines

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on inspired by 7188my visual diary on tumblr. This blog post is a distillation of the good stuff.

This month is a bit different than the other parts of my monthly “inspired in…” series, because this is going to be all about composition and visual elements that make a photograph.

Now, I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve been learning more about some definable elements in photographs these days, which is actually more fun than I would’ve thought! So far I never really had the vocabulary to describe a photograph and to see how certain elements and colors evoke certain emotions in the viewer – all I had so far were the emotions when viewing a photograph, and I was – and still am, for the most part – fine with that, because I’m used to act on my intuition.

Nevertheless, this month I’ve been looking more into composition, lines, shapes, colors, texture and what they do, and very simply summarized my findings on inspired by 7188 together with a photo each to illustrate the element in question. Here, I will summarize all of that even more to give you a nice little overview. Needless to say, if you want to know more about one thing or the other, you might want to check out the more detailed descriptions on tumblr, or just write a comment under this post and let’s have a conversation about it.

The main elements I want to make you aware of are shapes, lines, color and texture.

Today in part 1 I am going to write about shapes and lines, and later this week in part 2 about color and texture. Let’s start with shapes:

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Inspired in July

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188. This blog post is a distillation of all the good stuff.

In last month’s issue many non-photographers caught my attention for no particular reason. This month, the focus is more on photography again, although behind the scenes I have had a lot of input from painters, illustrators and other artists in July. Who knows, eventually some of them might find their way here.

To see more works of each artist, check inspired by 7188 for my personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.

Enjoy!

 

Irenaeus Herok

© Irenaeus Herok

© Irenaeus Herok

Irenaeus Herok caught my attention with his series “Bondi Haze” – with scenes that could be happy summer sunshine scenes, but covered with haze and shot from an unusual angle. Be sure to check the other shots in this series.

website: http://www.behance.net/herok

 

Andreas Poupoutsis

© Andreas Poupoutsis

© Andreas Poupoutsis

Andreas Poupoutsis is one of the big discoveries this month. His portraits are super creative and visually as well as emotionally pleasing like (insert any cheesy metaphor you can think of). Taken from his website:

Andreas Poupoutsis is a Cypriot Conceptual Photographer/ Graphic Designer based in New York. His photography explores graphic shapes / elements as well as odd and mysterious portraiture.

website: poupoutsisandreas.com

 

Harry Cory Wright

© Harry Cory Wright

© Harry Cory Wright

Harry Cory Wright, landscape photographer (and a pretty interesting one at that), brought out a photobook called “Hey Charlie”. In it he works quite a bit with smoke and pyrotechnics (not what you would usually associate with landscape photography, would you?) and one of the photographs is the one here. No idea what you think, but I love it.

website: www.harrycorywright.com/index.php

 

Akif Hakan Celebi

© Akif Hakan Celebi

© Akif Hakan Celebi

Akif Hakan Celebi uses colors very much to my taste and series like his Bloomwood one, where this photograph is from, have something to them that makes me look at them for longer than usual. And no, not only the colors… maybe it’s the model, facing the camera straight on, staring at me. Haunting. Love it.

Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. He is currently based in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London.

website: hakanphotography.com

 

Jon DeBoer

© Jon DeBoer

© Jon DeBoer

Last but definitely not least, let me introduce to you: Jon DeBoer. Fascinating light/shadow plays, interesting angles. Not exactly sure if this can even be called street photography, but whatever drawer you want to put it in, it’s very much to my taste. Much recommended.

website: http://500px.com/JonDeBoer

 

Hope you enjoyed these artists as much as I did. If you did, consider sharing the goodness. Until next month!