Exposure № 084: Steven

Nils Blondon brings us this fantastic portrait of a man named Steven. We love the play of light and dark and the sense of prophecy in this image.

Nils tells Dr. Hurley, “I never leave my house without my camera, and often spend hours trolling through vacant homes and storefronts looking for a good shot. I look for grit and character in my subjects, and it often works as a system of barter – they ask me for smokes, or money, and in return, I ask for a photo. I’m on a first name basis with nearly all of those I shoot. I take the time to sit with them and ask questions. I always shake my hands and introduce myself after I take their picture.”

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Nils Blondon is a writer, photographer, student, and educator with a background in music, journalism, and social work.  His recent projects include the photo-documentation of Toronto’s disused buildings, along with its displaced, addicted, and homeless residents. He takes time to establish a rapport with those he shoots. All of his subjects participate willingly. He blogs his work at www.nilsphoto.tumblr.com and his submissions to Dr. Hurley’s Snake-Oil Cure can be seen here.

Exposure № 064: Pirkei Avot

Love work, and despise official positions, and do not become too acquainted with the governing power

Photographer Conrado Sarid-Maletah shares this brilliant series of photos, which he describes as an attempt to translate passages from Pirkei Avot (The Master’s Sentences) into visual poetry. He admires the sense of balance, justice and self-control embodied in the 1800 year old text.

When East meet West the sea, the blue sea start to sing  silent songs

In this project, Sarid-Maletah attempts to interpret literally the sentences from the text while being critical of them.

One who uses the crown will pass away

Sarid-Maletah says:

Portraiture is a very special way to “speak”  because you need to play with the other, you need to communicate with the model first and if the results are ok, the model will be a great way to speak to the public. In these images my model was an Armenian man living in Haifa, North Israel. A very special experience for both of us.

The main thing is not to study but to do

Stay tuned for more of Conrado’s images.

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Conrado Sarid-Maleta’ is a Cuban photographer and painter. He left his home country six years ago, and has not returned. Most recently, he has lived and worked in Europe, and is now in Tel Aviv, Israel. He learned photography with the help of a great Cuban artist, later continuing alone and working very hard to increase day by day what he knew. Mainly, his works use the visual experience as a means to connect with ideas rather than with techniques or methodological processes. He prefers to be a storyteller rather than a perfectionist.

Exposure № 061: Portrait

Photographer Matteo Allegro tells us about his work:

In the beginning it was just enjoyment and pleasure in shooting pictures, before discovering a real fever for photography when in Tokyo whilst shooting with a compact camera. My passion evolves in the course of my travels around the world, from my first  love for landscapes to a fervor and sensitivity for portraits. With my lens I model the scenes that reflect behind my eyes, I rebuild and convert them into personal creations.

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Matteo Allegro is a photographer based in Italy. His other contributions to Snake-Oil Cure can be found here.

Impression № 030: Ragnhild Bollaeren and Family

Ragnhild Bollaeren and Family (Oil on Canvas)

Artist Annika Finne describes the feeling of looking at photographs of dead ancestors as strange and paralyzing. She uses portraiture as a way to capture and process that feeling.

Impression № 028: Sarah Link

Sarah Link (Oil on Canvas) is a haunting portrait by Rhode Island-based artist Annika Finne. She tells Dr. Hurley that she uses portraiture as a way of better understanding her subjects.

Exposure № 023: Semion, a.k.a. Polina Islandia

Some more brilliant photograpy from Artem Zatsepilin gives us a pensive and mysterious Semion.

Exposure № 018: Alexander Hamilton

David DiMaria shares with us another famous face commonly found in your wallet: Secretary of State Alexander Hamilton.  Dave is a fan of Hamilton’s “Bette Davis Eyes” and Dr. Hurley intimated that he agrees.  The editors think that Hamilton has found his perfect lipstick shade.  Well done, Alex.

Impression № 014: Monster Portraits

This series of monster portraits is part of a book-length project by Belgian artist Gaëtan Vanparijs.  We love how he shows the humanity in these distinctly un-human characters.

Exposure № 016: Eugene and David

had met Eugene in the street the Summer before. Her style standing out. Looking like every woman I remember as a child in the 1970’s.

We would stop and talk whenever our paths crossed in town until late last summer Eugene disapeared.

For months I would ask the few people I thought might know if all was well. No one knew a thing. No news. No news. Then one afternoon during a casual chat I asked again if anyone had sight or sound of Eugene and was told her son had been involved in a accident and was blinded as a result of the trauma.

I was more than shocked. The little I had learned of Eugene had never included the topic of children and to learn that she was indeed a Mother and now involved in this awful tragedy, at 86 dismayed me terribly.

Weeks later I saw her coming towards me in town, behind her, holding the belt of her winter coat was a tall man, both braced against the wind. I realised it was Eugene and her son. We spoke and as I learned more I only then realised that her son, David was a figure I had seen around town since I was 12 or 13 and never realised was Eugene’s son and suddenly these two were then thrown together in my mind, two seemingly separate figures now placed together.

David had been very active. Walking, cycling. My memories of him were his always cycling past me as I would walk into town. Last summer the bag he was wearing over his shoulder had come loose, entangled in the front wheel of his bicycle and he had been thrown over the handlebars, face first to the road breaking his upper jaw and neck in two places.

“I was choking on the blood” he told me. “In the ambulance they got a bucket and it poured out of my mouth… so much blood!… I could still see then… right up until I fell into a coma”.

David was taken to hospital, bones mended, wounds healed but the obstruction of a feeding and air tube in his mouth prevented his being able to alert to nurses or Doctors that his sight had vanished for almost a week after awaking from the coma he had slipped into.

Now David relies on Eugene for everything, she has become his eyes.

“One of the strangest things,” he told me, “Is waking up from a dream. In dreams I can still see. I can see everything. I wake… and feel I can still see for a time then the black seeps in and I realise I am awake and in darkness again, where the reality used to be filled with sight, now my dreams are. Where sleep was without light now thats my waking life. Everything is upside down. Now being awake is like the dream. My awake nightmare”

Living in the dark, a life in the dark. Its hard to even know the time of day or night. We rely on sight for so many things, the morning sun, the twilight, the black of night. Waking at 2 A.M. and not knowing if it’s light or dark. 10 A.M.? 2 P.M.? I bought David a talking watch so at least he can hear the news of the time when he wakes from the dreams where he can still see.

Impression № 013: Portraits

About the power of creativity, Vladimir Stankovic says, “Drawing, or any other creative activity, is a process through which a person can get to know a lot about his/her own personality, it is a constant journey that can help us to get closer to the “truth”; and even though the task seems hard, the process of trying itself is very rewarding and enriching.”