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these are our most favorite photographs.

Nina Hartmann, USA I took this of my boyfriend in a weird stage between us. I had just gotten back from travelling and we were spending time together for the first time in two months. I didn‘t want the picture to look all blurry and distorted like this, but I really like how it came out. It looks exactly the way his room makes me feel. It‘s one of my favorite pictures.


Maximilian Haidacher, Austria


Matt Martin, England


Peter Baker, USA I recently spent my honeymoon in Iceland. These are some of my favorite photos from the two weeks spent wandering around an absolutely amazing country.


Anya Jasbär and Daniel Augschöll, Italy „Be ahead of all parting, as though it already were behind you, like the winter that has just gone by. For among these winters there is one so endlessly winter that only by wintering through it all will your heart survive. Be forever dead in Eurydice-more gladly arise into the seamless life proclaimed in your song. Here, in the realm of decline, among momentary days, be the crystal cup that shattered even as it rang. Be-and yet know the great void where all things begin, the infinite source of your own most intense vibration, so that, this once, you may give it your perfect assent. To all that is used-up, and to all the muffled and dumb creatures in the world‘s full reserve, the unsayable sums, joyfully add yourself, and cancel the count.“ – RILKE: The Sonnets of Orpheus XIII WELOVEHOTWAFFLES.COM



Rob Hunter, South Africa


Dimitri Karakostas, Canada I chose to submit these photos because I feel as though any of them can stand alone and be interesting and compelling to look at without any back story or additional photos. I would love to give you more information, but in all reality they‘re just photos of my girlfriend, just living. I think that photos of just EXISTING are the most tangible... not digital-camera over-photoshopped ‚perfection‘.


Freya Priegnitz, Germany


Jens Windolf, Germany


Jeff Luker, USA


Ye Rin Mok, USA These photographs are taken at my friend, Jessica Williams‘ home in Brooklyn, NY.


Marcus Henry


Elliot Muir, Wales We needed some band photos and I wanted to do ′em myself but the Holga has no self timer, so I just shot us all overlapped on the same frame. Those are my feet. The studio is ‚the sickroom‘ in Norfolk, very good place to record; Owen, the sound engineer, is ranked top five in the world at Super Mario Kart. He turns into Anakin Skywalker when he plays.


Eleanor Hardwick, England I met Elena (left) online and we became best friends. She flew all the way from Colorado to stay with me in England last summer; this photo was taken in a photobooth on her last day.


Jūratė Gačionytė, Lithuania


Evgeniy Antufev, Russia My mother took these two pictures of me on Polaroid. I love my mother a lot and I photograph her very often, too. It‘s a very important moment when I hear the release, it creates a noticeable connection between me and my mother, it‘s like the umbilical cord of an embryo in the womb. The sound of the release, that‘s my favorite sound, there lies the true magic. Unfortunately I live in another city now and I see her very infrequently, but I keep the Polaroids in a box and look at them very often.


Simon Nunn, England This photo was the first actual idea I‘ve photographed, I got the idea from a painting I saw on the internet. The whole night was awesome, I was round my girlfriends house and we stayed up til the early hours of the morning and went into some fields near her house, it was wet and fun and was a real high point in our relationship.


Magdalena Fischer, Austria Although they are not the latest I‘m still not tired of watching them. This doesn‘t happen to me very often.


Hasisi Park, South Korea I went to my university town right after coming back from London. My sort of long term relationship had been finished by the time and I was trying to do a project called ‚Perhaps, a Microcosm‘ which is based on the assumption that photography without a narrative is meaningless. So I went to the library, got naked and ran thinking that I could prove the stupid theory with this one image.


Christian Stotz, Germany The photos I present in ROMKA are part of my private snapshoot collection I made with my loved Leica Mini II. I wrote a short anecdote to each photo to tell you why I like them so much. If I also put a smile on your face when you look at them or read the anecdote, my job is done. Hope you will enjoy watching.


This girl is Anne and when you go out with her to party she always sleeps like a log after some time. When Anne is awake she‘s a very funny and creative person, but after she closed her eyes, it‘s hard to wake her up. At this photo it was the first time I caught her sleeping and it inspired me to an ongoing series. (I like these dozy moments.)

This psychedelic marten arrested my attention at the closet of a friends‘ flat share. I would recommened to never go to this closet when you‘re seriously drunk. The wallpaper would definetly strike you and maybe the marten is still alive and just pretending to be dead and stuffed. You never know, so take care. (I like these absurd moments.)

This guy is Andy and I won‘t tell you the true story behind this no comment photo. I will leave it up to your imagination. Maybe he‘s just practicing a new kind of fancy dance style or his forearm is accidently glued to his face or he‘s just cleaning his eye. In any case, this photo made me laugh so hard, my stomach is still aching today. (I like these funny moments.)


Thanks to all the contributing artists for your support. Special thanks to Jeff Luker for the amazing cover shot. And thank you for watching.

ROMKA is published by Joscha Bruckert Gerstenstraße 4 | 44139 Dortmund | Germany | issue 01 - 12.2008 This Document and the contents thereof are protected worldwide by copyright and related intellectual property rights. Users are free to download, use and redistribute this file, provided that it is not modified and that the copyright and disclaimer notice are not removed. This file or its content – as such or in whatever way combined – may not be sold for profit or incorporated in commercial documents without the written permission of the copyright holder. Unauthorized inclusion of single pages, graphics or other components of this document in other web sites, print products or electronic media is prohibited. All contents © the respective artists

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