CZE Magazine 15

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Photo courtesy of Magda Dzanashvili. Berlin 2014.

For the fifteenth issue I collected photographs made using a flash light. This time CZE features wide range of different images with various usage of flash light techniques. Experimenting with artificial light may result in impressive photographs, like the ones you are about to see. Enjoy the selection, and try to imagine the magazine as some kind of movie, or theatre, because I believe that creating an art magazine is not just posting works or writing about them. The process of designing and the chronology of pages makes publications to be considered as art pieces themselves. So I’d call it: “The art of presenting art.” Lots of love. George Nebieridze.

INterview with Alessandro Ruggieri

CZE: Do you use flash for more than technical reasons of not having enough light? Alessandro Ruggieri: Yeah sure. generally speaking flash lights up/emphasise/freeze the subject in the foreground and its colours. Apart from that, which is pretty obvious, it can have different uses, depending on the kind of flash options you use and the intensity of it. With light flash you can simply clarify a subject even in daylight. I sometimes like to overexpose subjects, sometimes just to give a bit of extra brightness, sometimes to properly distort reality: like if you mix strong flash with high ISO you can create effects that alter reality, completely burning the subject turning it into a white shape or crate strange colours. Another classic use of the flash that is often pleasant is to use it against a subject with a sky in the back ground (even better if sunrise or sunset): it usually creates interesting contrast between the subject and the sky in the background which often results in the picture more dark and intense than what it actually was in reality. Flash with long exposure can be nice sometimes too keeping the back ground to its actual colours and sometimes creating a contrast between a steady foreground and moved background. I sometimes also use flash in combination with zoom to find the right exposure; another use can be on reflective surfaces like mirror, plastic, glass or screens/tv/computer just to create an interaction between the subject in the surface and bright reflection of the flash on it. oh and of course flash on animal eyes gives you that strange reflection! (not sure animals like it though!)

CZE: How do you think the use of flash adds to the image? AR: Pretty much what I said before: lights up/emphasise/freeze the subject in the foreground and its colours + you can create different effects playing with flash options, its intensity and camera options. In general flash can be also helpful to obtain a decent/ standard quality image from a low quality camera (which I often use): like if you use flash, photos taken with different quality cameras tend to look similar to each other (even thought the differences obviously persist!); maybe here we can talk also about the drawbacks with flash/what you lose, and that is basically the reality of the scene, especially you lose the shades, the shadows, graduation of light etc. CZE: Do you think you’d have the same or an even better effect with the flash on a digital camera? AR: I do use flash with both digital and analog cameras (mostly compact point and shot cameras). I can’t really say which one works better, flash photography brings different cameras to a similar effect (although differences between analog and digital and between different quality cameras of course remain). The good thing about digital is that even with a compact point and shoot, if you get a decent one, you can play with ISO and other options so you can get different effects, whereas with analog you should change the film of course.

CZE: What type of subject matter do you feel works well with the use of flash? AR: Pretty much everything I guess,, it depends if you want what flash can add or take away from the scene you are shooting, knowing that than you can decide on a case by case basis,, there is no rule; maybe sometimes with people can be useful to clarify and make the skin smoother not having to do much post editing. CZE: How do you feel colour images shot with flash differ to black and white flash images? AR: Well I don’t really do much black and white photos so I can’t tell, but I guess the effect is quite the same, I mean it can be used for the same reasons I mentioned above on question 2 with the exception that in b/w you can’t enrich the colours of course! Interview by Katherine Mitchell.

Thank you Alessandro.




(in alphabetical order) Aaron Gutsche

Bilge Emiroğlu

Adam Revington

Brad Westcott

Aleksandra Kojić

Catherine Lemblé

Alessandro Ruggieri

ChihHsien Chen

Alexis Clerc

Christian Werner

Anatoliy Tatarenko

Coria Sepulveda

Andrea Resner

Dania Shihab

Andrés Orbea

Dimitri Karakostas

Andrew Eargle

Ewan Mitchell

Andrew Kelly

Fábio Miguel Roque

Antonella Moltini

Francesco Artibani

Artem Nadyozhin

Franck Jessueld

Asrul Dwi

Fredrik Holmér

Athanasios Gatos

Gonash Haghshenas

Häre Christian

Lesley Ann Ercolano

Holly Levey

Lluís Tudela

Ina Niehoff

Marcos Pezzani

Jared Gaustad

Margaret Durow

Jeremy O’Sullivan

Marija Radosavljevic

Jonas Kamm

Mário Macedo

Jowita Paszko

Maurizio Di Iorio

Juliana M. M. Soares

Melchior Tersen

Julie Lansom

Mélissa Juan

Justin Guthrie

Miguel Soll

Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili

Milica Balubdzic

Kevin Tadge

Mira Heo

Kristie Muller

Miranda Lehman

Leo Berne

Nadine Cordial

Nastya Pestrikova Paul John Nelson Romain Brunet Ruth McMillan Samuela Lepori Sasa Stucin Shen Li Simon Kossoff Takuroh Toyama Tomislav Marcijuš Tyrone Williams Wang Wei Zach McCaffree Zachary Fudge

CZE Magazine wants to thank all the artists featured in Flash Photography issue for taking part in this project. Special thanks to Katherine Mitchell for contributing the interview. ***** George Nebieridze is the founder of CZE magazine. Contact him at: ***** Submissions for the upcoming TOURISM issue at:

CZE Magazine, Issue #15 (Flash Photography) Released by an independent publisher George Nebieridze. Berlin, Germany, August 2014.