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Issue #8 Portfolios of award winning artists from the 4th Zebra Awards

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GRAND WINNER Rosario CIVELLO Signs #5


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Rosario Civello became interested in Photography in the latest ‘70s, taking photographs with his father’s old camera and making researches in different directions to free his creative spirit and get deeper in an increasing sensibility of his visual language. He is a self-taught photographer who has always been passionate about art in all its forms. His love for Nature, in its broadest meaning, led him to study Astronomy at the University of Bologna where he obtained his degree. Now he finds constant inspiration in the Nature, in the secret language of the landscapes that becomes clear when the subject appears to be loved and taken as a picture. The space surrounding us is often composed of numerous elements arranged chaotically. Everything he does is to put order in the composition, creating a balance of elements - light and dark, points, lines, planes and forms. He visually deconstructs the scene, discarding the superfluous, so that it fits to its natural inclination towards minimalism. “Signs” series, taken on the Alps, is inspired by the book “Point and line to plane” of Wassily Kandinsky, which he read several years before the shots. Point and line, from geometric entities intangible, from conceptual abstraction, materialize, become concrete form on the surface. These images can be interpreted as abstract paintings or as landscape photography; they very much have a foot in both realms. The inclusion of the trees or human figures, even at reduced scale, draws us back to the photographic origins of the images and facilitates a new way of viewing, and a realization that these are not abstract constructions but photographs of actual places and objects.

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Madiha Abdo I have been interested in photography since childhood, perhaps due to the fact that my uncle occasionally used to take me to his darkroom, giving me my first own small camera when I reached the age of ten. This childhood interest in photography evolved to become a passion. For me, photography is indeed a self-expression that allows me to document the interesting world around myself. Although we might live in a world of colour, where lots of advances have been made in the various fields of photography, for me, nevertheless, the chosen field is black and white photography, for it gives me much better pleasure and satisfaction. As I have said above, my works are mostly in black and white, for I believe working in that field gives me also the opportunity to produce images that are strong, pure and without any unnecessary distractions, unlike the coloured ones. When working on my black and white images, I give particular attention to the sources of light and contrast to create very interesting images that could pull on the viewers’ eyes. Sometimes I might try to heighten my work’s clarity by printing images on metallic paper, giving them more appealing surface texture. People might experience what I feel during my process of image creation, while, at the same time having fun seems to give me a lot of satisfaction and pleasure. In my work, I do strive to show and to get images, where the light, the shadows, the composition and the various changing levels of tones are clearly revealed; something that I believe is not easily achieved with colour photography. On the other hand, black and white photography is good at revealing the art characteristics of the work, as well as, the distinctive nuances that can make the black & white photograph so interesting.

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Patricia Dinu

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Fabio Batocchi Born in Perugia in 1970, I am an electronic engineer. Photography, therefore, is not my job, but it is the passion that I love and have cultivate since childhood. Already during Middle School, I was studying to use an SLR camera and I was shooting with a plastic compact camera that was a gift from my father, from whom I also learned the first technical rudiments. Starting from adolescence, I began my self-taught training course, studying the works of important photographers. After the first few years of simple souvenir photos, I started to shoot in a more “conscious” way when I was 18 and I received my first reflex: Practica MTL5B equipped with a splendid Pentacon 50mm f1.8. Dazzled by the great Ansel Adams technique and work, my first approach was landscape photography, in slide and negative black and white. Over the years, continuous research and curiosity developed my own style and interest in other photographic genres, through still life, photo nature and, more recently, abstract and conceptual. The latter allows me to fully express my personal view of photography, understood more as an art form rather than as a mean of documentary. In the early 2000s I switched to digital photography, in order to have more control over the photographic process. Right away, in fact, I personally took care of editing in Photoshop. I recently partially stepped back, dusting off analog equipment and rediscovering the pleasure and magic of the darkroom. For several years now, I have had the fortune of sharing my passion and thus free time with my wife Elena, also a photographer. Together we created several four-handed works. I consider photography as a medium for expressing thoughts and emotions. I am an observer and a listener, and since I do not love chatting, I let my shots do the talking.

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Jefflin Ling ‘I am black & white fine-art photographer from Selangor, Malaysia. Specialising in long exposure in seascapes & Architecture, minimalistic and documentary photography. I’m very much influenced by this sentence: ” Artist is trying to express his inner world by using objects from the outside world as symbols. It is not what you capture that matters, it is how you interpret it that matters and will elevate it from a snapshot to a work of art”. (by Stieglitz) For me, photography is not just record but more to interpreting the scene to the piece of art through post production by using computing software like photoshop. Now is a digital world, everyone uses electronic gadgets to view the products created out of photographers’ hard work. These actual works indeed have to be printed out and hung on the wall for appreciation, this should be called a real art. Is this my ultimate goal in photography? No! Of course not, I think the experience and level in photography should be deep into the heart, not simply from the external compliment.

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Aurelio Bormioli

I became interested in photography thanks to my father. When I was a boy, I was fascinated looking at him, when in the armchair he checked his equipment and cleaned the lens. We often went on trips in Italy or abroad and when coming back, as soon as possible, we projected our slides on the screen. It was a family practice to re-live beautiful memories. In 2000, I started my collaboration with a friend of mine, the owner of a photography studio. This completely changed my perspective: I started learning with him and perfecting my abilities. Later I examined in depth my passion attending workshops with some the most famous experts, such as Ivano Bolondi, Pino Ninfa ed Ernesto Bazan. Since 2008, I’ve been interested in pinhole photography. Nowadays I’m working with a professional Nikon equipment, although I usually uses films as well, especially pinhole cameras (Zero 2000 6×6 and a Zero 6×9 Multi Format camera, using both a black and white and a color film). The first four photographs composing this portfolio are realized using this technique. My favourite subject is nature in all its forms. Sea is the most fascinating element for me: I’m attracted by its beauty and size, its silence when it’s flat and its thunderous roar when it’s stormy. Another theme, which is often present in my photographs, is trees, I like walking through forests alone. I don’t really like photographing people, nor contrived or manipulate images. I always look for the beauty in the environment that surrounds me. I keep trying to instil a “sense of grandeur”, of immensity, in my way of photographing. This is currently my main goal!

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Joshua Sarinana Dr. Joshua Sariñana (b. 1981) was born in San José, California. He obtained his neuroscience degrees at the University of California, Los Angeles and in a Nobel Prize winning lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After MIT Joshua became a research fellow at Harvard Medical School where he studied the computational processing of spatial navigation. Joshua’s photography has been exhibited nationally and internationally. His work has been shown in New York City at the SoHo Arthouse (2014), in Paris at the Mobile Camera Club Gallery (2016), in Los Angeles at Photo Independent (2016), and in Budapest at the PH21 Gallery (2016). Most recently, Joshua was a finalist for the 2015 EyeEm photography awards. He was also a 2015 iPhone and Mobile Photography Awards Winner. His work has been recognized by LensCulture’s editorial staff and he was a featured artist for the Impossible Project Magazine. In addition, Joshua’s work has been featured on Buzzfeed, The Huffington Post, and Time Magazine Lightbox. Apple also licensed his photography for an iPhone 6 campaign. In addition to image production, Joshua has published several articles on the intersection of photography, neuroscience, and culture on the leading photography blog PetaPixel. He recently published an article in the photography publication Don’t Take Pictures, in a piece called Nostalgia and the Collapse of Imagination, which was linked to by Communication Arts. He has also been interviewed by several influential photography blogs and as well as Vice Magazine.

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Zebra Magazine Issue #8 - Black and White and Monochrome  

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