Kulturnatten i Lund 2016

 

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Untitled Street Photo (Photo Painting) © Jan Oberg 2016

Lund, 15 september 2016

Hej konstfoto-vän

Nu på lördag: Kulturnatten i Lund 

Hos mig på Öberg FotoGrafik är det öppet 17-22.
Välkommen till dig och dina vänner eller familj.

Två nya saker…
En är att jag idag blivit klar med ett antal okonventionella “photo paintings” i A1 format (se ovan ett ex): Foton som ser ut som oljemålningar.

Förre gången (nedan) nämnde jag foton ifrån Iran, detta otroligt annorlunda, gästvänliga och kultur-intensiva land (som jag just besökt för fjärde gången) presenterar jag med hjälp av ett antal små collage där mina bilder berikas av iranska mönster, kalligrafi och symboler:

Iran Collage # 4, 2016 © Jan Oberg

Det blir mycket att se och höra på lördag: Abstrakt fotografik, suddiga bilder av Montenegros majestätiska berg, foton av “döda” skulpturer samt Jesus och Buddha på Victoria & Albert Museum i London som alla fått nytt liv genom mina multi-exponeringar.

Samt två storformat-bilder ur min Rouen Cathedral Suite som inspirerats av Claude Monet (1890-talet) och Roy Lichtensteins serie (1969).

Väldigt blandat och mycket experimentellt! Även om allt är fotografi ser inte allt så ut!

“Salång PåGång” är just det: Vad jag har på gång för tillfället. Läs om utställningen här.

Mini-föredrag med debatt
19:00-19:30 Varför abstrakt fotografi?
21:00-21:30 Foto-lution – Fotografins revolutionerande förändring som påverkar allt.

Praktiskt
Vädret ska bli fint och alla Lundabor – och andra! – kommer att vara på fötterna. Programmet har över 400 evenemang men du ska naturligtvis planera in Vegagatan 25 först!

Det kan komma många. Ur planeringsperspektiv är det bra om du säger “Go” på min Facebook event men det är inget måste.

Interaktivitet
Genom att hålla din telefon med en QR-läsare, t ex ScanLife, framför en bild du vill veta mer om kommer du direkt till en länk, som ger bakgrund. Läs sedan om bilden eller idén bakom den i lugn och ro hemma. Ladda ned ScanLife!

Här t ex QR-koden till artikeln om utställningen ovan:

Jag är nu på Yelp (finns för dator och som app) där du kan läsa mer, hitta lokala platser och Öberg FotoGrafik samt skriva lite om hur du upplevde utställningen och besöket. Feedback är bra. Jag vill ju bli bättre.

Mina bilder bygger på den tanke at det är konsten och kreativiteten som är grunden för vår mänsklighet!

Det hoppas jag du ska känna så på lördag.

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Morning Walk, Marrakech 2015 © Jan Oberg 2016

Och kan du inte komma just då så slå mig en signal när som: Jag har mycket mer öppet än andra men efter på lördag bara enligt överenskommelse.

Vänliga hälsningar och på återseende

Jan Öberg

“Salång PåGång” – “Goings On” – in my home studio on Cultural Night 2016

Or “Salång PåGång” in Swedish is what I always do at the Cultural Night in Lund, every year on the third Saturday of September.

That’s the day and night of the year when all the inhabitants are on their feet to consume cultural events – and culture is defined extremely broadly, including for all ages, all nationalities and all cultural expressions such as eating…

Since I have to take care of my visitors to my studio, I have not experienced the incredible diversity people tell me about – but I remember it faintly from before I opened my studio space in 2009. It was so exciting – dance, poetry, art, music, performances, happenings, you name it!

Salon “Goings On” literally means that I show what I am working on these days; that evening I have no theme-based exhibition but all kinds of works on the walls, including unfinished ones, experiments, big and small prints, test prints and – well, whatever I am working on these weeks and months.

It’s a peep into my studio and working methods with a lot of “A.P.” – Artist’s Proofs, testprints rather than final limited editions.

If you like what you read below, sign up at the Facebook event.

 

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Abstract

This year my visitors will see a couple of A1-sized prints (roughly 90 x 60 cm) – I print everything myself and this is the largest I can do on my printer – of my abstract works; the size means that the incredibly small details will be more visible than the smaller prints I have had on display earlier.

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I’ve written about abstract photography here and there is a video from the exhibition “Abstract Real” here.

 

The Rouen Cathedral – Monet, Lichtenstein and me

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Shoot # 55 – Newsletter from Oberg PhotoGraphics

Lund, September 4, 2016
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Venice Morning 2012 © Jan Oberg

Content  

• Venice: Can it be saved? • Iran • Abstract photography • Victoria & Albert Museum • Landskrona Photo Festival • Instagram • Cultural Night in Lund, Sweden:

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Dear art photography friend

Shall Venice die?

It’s been known for quite some time that Venice in Italy is sinking and being destroyed also by over-tourism: 20 million per year in a city of 56,000 inhabitants whose number has fallen dramatically the last few years.

Many of you may have visited Venezia. Can you imagine it dead? I can’t, but it is a realistic scenario and I’ve written a bit about this tragedy on my art blog inspired by art historian Salvatore Settis’ recent wake-up call in the International New York Times and his new book, If Venice Dies.

I forward modest ideas about what can perhaps be done to stop this slow death, world attention to it being one.

But where is the EU in this? Where is the world beyond the market and profit-making? Venice is about a world heritage, not just Venice or Europe.

The photo above is from that unique city, shot at the best time of the year there, in early January when there are almost no tourists.


Anonymous in Venice © Jan Oberg 2015 – Click

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Venice sinks – What can be done?

“Can we save Venice before it is too late?” – asks Salvatore Settis on the Opinion Pages of the International New York Times. He is the chairman of the Louvre Museum’s scientific advisory council and the author of the – not forthcoming as INYT says – already published book “If Venice Dies.”

With a shrinking population – today only 56,000 inhabitants – and as many as 20 million visitors per year, Venice’s very existence is indeed threatened.

That Venice is in peril – well, that has been known for quite some time. And the diagnosis of the malaise is quite clear too: Greed, short-sightedness, corruption etc. being central catchwords. And fundamentally: the lack of appreciation of non-material, cultural creation that characterizes the ‘market’ lead, profiteering epoch in which we live.

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Group Selfie: Tourists Turn Their Backs To Venice’s History @ Jan Oberg 2016

Fortunately, there are constructive initiatives – but they don’t seem to be able to turn the trend. Venice is also sinking physically…

One very important such initiative is the 40+ years one with exactly that title – Venice in Peril and its Fund. There is the wonderful initiative by globally renown photographers who took photos in Venice and put the income from auctioning them into doing good for Venice – see the book and website of Real Venice.

I’m sure there are many others, I haven’t investigated it.

I have been to Venice many times. I love it. It’s a favourite destination for my photography.

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Video “Abstract Real”

This video offers glimpses of the works I exhibited in my studio in 2016 – an exploration of abstract photography: What is real? What is abstract? And how do the two mix…blur?

All the works started out with a photography and successively changed in the process to become “abstract”.

I find that fascinating since photography has almost always been about taking pictures of what is, i.e. documentary. (Of course with the exception of those few who experimented with “photograms” à la Moholy-Nagy and other techniques that departed from the urge to present a documentation of a recognizable reality).

Observe please the inspiration from Iranian aesthetics, including classical geometric patterns and calligraphy, and enjoy the music I’ve chosen by Iranian composer Fariborz Lachini too.

I’ve written about the background of this exploration at Oberg PhotoGraphic’s blog. And as usual the video is uploaded to my channels on Vimeo and Youtube.

The Photo Festival in Landskrona, Sweden

Landskrona – a town of 30,000 inhabitants situated at the south-eastern coast of Sweden – has a vision:

“To become the home of photography in Scandinavia with a history museum and research facilities in co-operation with Lund University (a 30 min train ride south of it); it will arrange unique exhibitions of contemporary photography as well as the largest photo festival in Sweden.”

One wonders whether Landskrona’s cultural pioneers have been inspired by Marrakech in Morocco that has about the same vision?

 

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The Citadel in Landskrona – photos being on display around and inside it
The Landskrona Photo Festival 2016 ran from August 19 to 28 – and if you couldn’t go there, there is both a fine website and an app.

It’s a remarkable and very welcome initiative of a rather small town; it proves that size is not of importance. It’s the vision and the investment and the synergy among enthusiasts that drive it all – something my town Lund, 4 times bigger, has no sense of.

This Festival is neither Photo London nor Photo Basel in terms of sophistication or quality. It is not a fair where works are sold. It’s very different – it’s about passion and giving various buildings, parks and even a citadel a new life, a new function. It’s about Landskrona’s vision that may lead to comerce, of course, but is not driven by a commercial motive. But there is all reason to believe that Landskrona will soon be on the international art photography map for real.

And it’s pleasantly down-to-earth and filled with talents from rather many corners of the world. A day pass is US $ 12 and the exhibitions take place in the Museum, the Japan-inspired Art Hall, at majestic Citadel, in parks, squares and local gallery spaces – all within some 600-800 metres of walk.

Landskrona is definitely what you’d call charming. The environment in which the exhibitions take place is a great asset that the Festival people exploit to its limit.

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I usually start out these blog articles by stating that I am not an art critic but an art recommender. It means that I choose to tell my readers what I like, convey positive energy, inspire other photographers/artists and art lovers and make them want to go and see what I’ve seen. And – of course – what I mention below is only a selection of the places, artists and impressions.

Konsthallen – the Town Art Hall – hosted two young female artists allegedly dialoguing with each other, Elina Brotherus and Dorothée Smith. The text on this link offers an explanation and background but I just did not quite feel that dialogue – except for the identity dimension. In my view, Smith is by far the most interesting of the two; Brotherus somehow too self-focused for my taste. Brilliant photography for sure, but just did not speak to me.

Smith’s so-called Spectographie seemed abstract, intriguing and more explorative of the bigger world out there than Brotherus’ images in which, with few exceptions, she herself is the central object/subject.

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People I met at Victoria and Albert in London

The Victoria and Albert Museum – V & A – is a fabulous museum in the heart of London. It calls itself “the world’s leading museum of art and design” on its homepage – which can of course be discussed. But that’s not what I want to do here.

It was a late May Sunday afternoon, drizzle. Queues to the exhibitions being too long, prices being too high for me and my time that afternoon too limited, I chose to walk through its collections and just get a sense of the buildings and whatever I might be surprised by.

That’s when I thought it could be exciting to try to bring some life into these old, very dusty and immovable objects – making them more human.

Always having my iPhone 6 with me stuffed with apps, I chose to experiment with long exposures and here is what it resulted in.

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V & A Series © Jan Oberg 2016

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