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Post Huffington: Jan Bishop. Una visión prestada.

Published July 3rd, 2013

Huffingtonpost Blog about Jan Bishop

The translation of the text that appears in the blog (which you can read below) is the work of Mark Donnelly . A great thank you to Mark for always looking for the best translation and to Jan Bishop for the great work, patience and collaboration.

A Borrowed View

Jan Bishop is one of those photographers who possesses the ability to convert everything she sees into shadows, with an innate sensitivity to freeze the mysterious and dark side of the human being. Just like many other creative photographers, she has broken technical barriers and has put to one side prejudice. There is only one thing she asks of her camera: that the batteries are charged. Often slaves to technique, photographers are now laying aside limiting and old purisms to pursue what really matters: the moment, the light, the composition…the subject.

If you were to take a quick look at her gallery you’d come across sullen gazes, tense faces, and eyes that look like they’re dancing ...

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<a href=\"http://www.huffingtonpost.es/luis-gonzalez/los-olvidados_b_2772204.html?utm_hp_ref=spain\" rel=\"nofollow\">Huffingtonpost blog</a> about <a href=\"http://www.flickr.com/photos/16536699@N07/\">Lee Jeffries</a>

Post Huffington: Lee Jeffries / Los olvidados

Published March 5th, 2013

Huffingtonpost blog about Lee Jeffries

The translation of the text that appears in the blog (which you can read below) is the work of Mark Donnelly . A great thank you to Mark for always looking for the best translation and to Lee Jeffries for the great work and collaboration.

The Forgotten

The Human face is a physical map upon which marks are left from our past. It is capable of telling a story just by looking at its surface. This is what Lee Jeffries shows us in every photograph. His work can be considered like that of a narrator, with the peculiarity that he tells great dramas in one scene, with a single image. Each portrait can be described as a complex biography without words. His studio is on the street, where he looks amongst the beggars and junkies, the destitute of a society that have been turned into ghosts. They are invisible to the majority and wander the streets of big cities. No family, no home and no destination.

In the stronghold of isolation he searches for that lo ...

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<br/>Texto íntegro del blog traducido: 
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<br/>Street Castaways
<br/>We are not used to seeing his Hong Kong. The city that Jonathan van Smit portrays is a far cry from the images of vanguard technology, skyscrapers or overpopulation that we are used to. With his Leica in hand he pounds the slums of Kowloon. It almost seems like the city of Wong Kar Wai with its stylized and velvety reds has lost its colour and elegance, almost as if it were dyed black and dark grey.
<br/>The looks of the prostitutes, vagabonds and night vampires are filled with despair. The scenes are dirty, dark and sordid. The stark contrast and wide angle turn these sad scenes into intense dramas and insinuate stories that the imagination is able to fill with little effort. Here, the woman closes her eyes and we dread to imagine what she is feeling or what images she is projecting inside her head. Amongst all the dirt her white dress seems to have its own light.
<br/>His photographs are like that, an antidote for indifference and a blow in the face of the spectator who is not accustomed to such strong emotions. Boredom, routine, despair and pain pass through these mean streets with no half-measures, sweeteners or soft greys. And there, Jonathan is with his gift of ubiquity to attest to that. 
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<br/>Jonathan van Smit (New Zealand, 1949)
<br/>His passion for photography awakes in his adolescence but it is not until the arrival of digital that it becomes an obsession. He finds nothing in his native paradise of New Zealand to motivate him. There is too much beauty. However, in 2008 he moves to Honk Kong and it is there in it’s streets, in it’s nights where he finds his natural habitat. A compulsive photographer, in his weekends he walks for 15 hours (more at times) in search of the images that grip him. He shoots over 400 stills, always with a wide angle that obligates him to get closer to the subject. This is how he wraps us up in his images and without realizing it we become part of them and we ask ourselves what are we doing there?
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<br/>Some references: Eugène Atget, Caravaggio and Cy Twombly.
<br/>©Photography: Jonathan van Smit

Huffington Post Blog

Published July 10th, 2012

Tercera entrada del blog en el Huffington Post. Hoy os invito a pasearos por la obra de Jonathan van Smit, un gran fotógrafo de Nueva Zelanda que nos muestra el lado oscuro de Hong Kong... Ya sabéis que podéis seguir el blog, retwittearlo, darle difusión en Facebook, etc.

Mark Donnelly se ha ofrecido a ir traduciendo cada texto, para que lo podáis leer los que no sean hispanohablantes. Mil gracias Mark por tu esfuerzo y ayuda...

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This is my second post on the blog that I write to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.es/luis-gon...97779.html.
<br/>On this occasion it is dedicated to the photographer Gosia Janik.
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Huffington Post Blog

Published June 28th, 2012

This is my second post on the blog that I write to the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.es/luis-gon...97779.html.

On this occasion it is dedicated to the photographer Gosia Janik.

You can subscribe to the blog, Twitter, share it... Welcome

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Huffington Post Blog

Published June 19th, 2012

Hoy he comenzado con un blog sobre fotografía para el Huffington post: http://www.huffingtonpost.es/luis-gonzalez/. La idea es sencilla: sobre una fotografía de una red como 500px, flickr, etc., escribiré un pequeño texto y un perfil del fotógrafo en cuestión. Espero que os guste la idea, que os suscribáis, comentéis y participéis de manera activa en el mismo. Mil gracias

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