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shoot # 56 – Art photo gift and gateway for you

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Lund, October 12, 2016
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Welcome to shoot – a gateway to the art world
 New editions, including Mark Rothko
Art Evening in Lund: the “photolution”
Collages from Iran
 Instagram – let’s follow each other!
Abstract photography video
 Venice: Can it still be saved?

Jan Oberg – Oberg PhotoGraphics – Click

Dear Art Friend

Welcome to shoot # 56 – A gateway
The photo above is a digital gift – a moment of joy or reflection – to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.

A special welcome to many new subscribers and social media and other friends – here is the preceding shoot. 

shoot aims to stimulate art curiosity and share positive stuff. It’s a gateway to the online “flip” GlobalArt Magazine, the blog I write as an art recommender, not art critic.

shoot wings into your mailbox now and then. Sometimes I also shoot just a single image your way – exclusively for shoot recipients.

I believe in global networking, sharing and in positive energy. Please share with me if you have news and views.

New editions including one of Mark Rothko
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Konstkvällen i Lund 2016

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Untitled Street Photo (Photo Painting) © Jan Oberg 2016

Lund – 10.oktober 2016

Hej konstfoto-vän

Konstkvällen i Lund 15 oktober

Hos Öberg FotoGrafik är det öppet på Konstkvällen 17-23 på Vegagatan 25
Välkommen till dig och dina vänner eller familj.

Två nya saker…
En är att jag kommer att visa ett antal okonventionella “photo paintings” (se ovan ett ex): Foton som ser ut som oljemålningar.

Foton ifrån Iran – otroligt annorlunda, gästvänligt och kultur-intensivt 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!

Kulturnatten och Konstkvällen är just det: Vad jag har på gång för tillfället. Läs om utställningen här.

Mini-föredrag med debatt och allt om ny fotoboks-hemsida
17:00-17.30 samt 20:00-20:30 Foto-lution – Fotografins revolutionerande förändring som påverkar allt.

Hela kvällen finns fotografen Kwesi Olsson på plats och presenterar sin nya hemsida för högklassiga fotoböcker skoobotohp.com och visar ett urval.

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“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.

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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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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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Shoot # 53

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Lund, June 13, 2016
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Content  

• Photo London • OXO Fix London • Photographers’ Gallery • Tate Britain • Art Basel • SCOPE • Photo Basel
• Abstract Real Show • Global Art Magazine • Montenegro and more from:

Jan Oberg – Oberg PhotoGraphics

Dear Art Photo friend

Welcome to – improved – shoot # 53 

The above photo was shot in London in May when it turned into the international centre of photography. It’s a digital gift and will appear only here – a moment of joy sent to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics.

If you are a gallery or photographer chances are that you are mentioned in one of the articles below.

A special welcome to many new subscribers and friends on social media. Here is the preceding shoot and you’ll see that it changes a bit with this issue: Content first; more photos many of which only here and not on homepage – thus, special for you, my subscribers.

Finally, shoot will become less regular and – another new idea – sometimes I may shoot a single image your way.

shoot also leads you to the online GlobalArt Magazine that I curate. Click, inspiration guaranteed. It’s sharing of art for cultural bridgebuilding and civilisation – the opposite of war and other destruction. And it’s news from Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog. Tell a friend, send a mail. shoot is free of course!

Networking, sharing and creating positive energy is what I believe in.

I am not an art critic, I’m an art recommender. I write only positive notes, or “recommendations”. What’s the use of telling you what I find boring, bad or bull?

London
Photo London: 84 leading photo galleries exhibiting their best. Here my Photo London: Positive Notes with quite a few of my images from the fair and short texts. And here some out-of-focus shots from Somerset House. Every art event can be seen as a piece of art!


“Untitled – London in May” © Jan Oberg 2016.

On Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog some positive notes about FIX Photo at Bargehouse, OXO Wharf and here about The Photographers’ Gallery with Deutsche Börse Prize shortlisted photographers.
On June 10, Trevor Paglen was announced as this year’s winner. All four shortlisted could have won – brilliant as they were. And a recommendation of “Painting With Light” at Tate Britain.

Montenegro
Recently hiked in Montenegro’s wild nature with its majestic mountains and magic lakes. Here a few shots – nature photography as well as Gerhard Richter-inspired ‘blurred’ images that I call contours.


“Montenegrin Contour # 7 © Jan Oberg 2016. Click it.

Exhibition “Abstract Real” still on
Visitors tell me that my studio is more like a home than a cool, commercial gallery. You can watch photos and browse books as well as discuss art and global affairs with me. It’s by appointment only and then I am present to care for each visitor.

Non-figurative photography? Some words about it on Oberg PhotoGraphics Blog.
Have a sneak peek here of some of the works that are on show.

Always welcome – just call first! Perhaps one day you need a gift or want to give your own walls a new life.


Crosshatch Series 4-5 © Jan Oberg 2011. Click it

Next shoot
Positive notes to come on Tate Modern with Performing for the Camera and the fine “pairing” exhibits of, say, Monet+Richter and Rothko+Monet there. And about some shots I haphazardly did of objects at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s collections like this:


Jesus at Victoria & Albert Museum © Jan Oberg 2016

I’ll also return to some very interesting works at Tate Britain and other stuff there – except Tracy Emin’s The Bed!

Next Stop: Basel!
This week off to BaselArt Basel, the world’s largest (and most commercial?) contemporary art fair. See a brand new video here. But equally important all the other significant – less posh and more experimenting – events that takes place in amazing Basel such as SCOPE and Photo Basel (2nd year only). Will write about and upload to Instagram, @obergphotographics. 

Remember
– that it’s the arts more than anything that keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg

Shoot # 52

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Lund, May 29, 2016
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Dear Art Photo Friend,

Welcome to shoot # 52

The above photo was shot at the reception of the Photo London fair. It’s a digital gift to you from Oberg PhotoGraphics – a moment of contemplation and beauty with which I wish you a good Sunday and ‘weekbegin’.

A special welcome to many new subscribers, visitors and friends on social media – not the least those participating in Photo London. Here is the preceding shoot that you didn’t get.

“Photo London” & more London
I’m just back from this very exciting international art photo event at Somerset House – 84 leading photo galleries exhibiting their best, all kinds, media, styles, techniques from vintage to today’s experimental and even camera-less photography.

I’ve written an art recommendation – I’m not an art criticPhoto London: Positive Notes with quite a few of my images from the fair and short texts about what fascinated me. Networking, sharing and creating positive energy is what I believe in.

Further, I made some out-of-focus shots from the venue – just images of details, people, Somerset House, mirrors, etc. For those who were there and for those who wish they had been able to go.

London is the world capital of photography in May at least. So I also went to Photographers’ Gallery with Deutsche Börse prize shortlisted artists, Tate Modern with Performing for the Camera, Tate Britain’s Painting With Light and the OXO Fix Photo 
Positive notes to come!

Montenegro
Recently hiked in Montenegro’s wild nature with its majestic mountains and magic lakes. Here a few shots – nature photography as well as Gerhard Richter-inspired ‘blurred’ images that I call contours.

This shoot newsletter
– leads you to the online GlobalArt magazine that I curate. Click and inspiration is guaranteed. It’s sharing of art for cultural bridgebuilding and civilisation – the opposite of war and bombing. And it’s news about a photo and other art blog.


“Montenegrin Contour # 8 © Jan Oberg 2016. Click it.

Exhibition “Abstract Real” on into June
Visitors tell me that my studio is more like a home than a cool, commercial gallery. You can watch photos and browse books as well as discuss art and global affairs with me. It’s by appointment only – but anytime. And I am present to care for each visitor.


Abstract Ceiling © Jan Oberg 2016. Click it

Non-figurative photography? Some words about it on my blogHave a sneak peek here of some of the works that are on show. You are always welcome – just call first!

Perhaps one day you need a gift or want to give your own walls a new life.

Remember
– that it’s the arts more than anything else that keep us human…

My best
Jan Oberg