Oxímoron, la contradicción

Oxímoron, la contradicción
César Casona

cesarcasona02a« Oxímoron » es una figura lógica que consiste en usar dos conceptos de significado opuesto en una sola expresión, que genera un tercer concepto.
Cada una de las fotografías de esta exposición incluye una contradicción conceptual. Será el espectador quien la encuentre y quien se enfoque en la imagen, dándole un significado final en función de sus sentimientos, imaginario, vivencias y experiencias personales previas.

cesarcasona02bAlgunos ejemplos en literatura: “Es hielo abrasador, es fuego helado, es herida que duele y no se siente…” (Quevedo).
“Sosiega un poco, airado temeroso, humilde vencedor, niño gigante, cobarde matador…”(Lope de Vega).
Este proyecto nace de la afirmación del gran filósofo griego Aristóteles: “La virtud se halla en el centro”.
De ello puedo deducir que a medida que nos separemos del centro hacia los extremos, hacia la derecha o izquierda, hacia el “sí”o hacia el “no”o hacia cualquier par de opuestos, estaremos alejándonos de la virtud.

cesarcasona02cEs en el equilibrio, en la duda, en la contradicción, allá donde los pares de opuestos se entremezclan, donde encontraremos la verdad. En el momento en que estemos seguros/as de algo estaremos por tanto, equivocándonos.
Muchos fueron los filósofos y los pensadores que a lo largo de la historia centraron sus esfuerzos en explicar el origen de todas las cosas. Heráclito de Éfeso, 2500 años atrás, en Grecia, apunta al fuego como principio natural del que todo parte.
El fuego, metafóricamente hablando, simbolizaba el movimiento y el constante cambio en el que la vida se desarrolla -“Ningún hombre puede cruzar el mismo río dos veces, porque ni el hombre ni el agua serán los mismos.”- Heráclito fundamenta esta permanente movilidad en una estructura de opuestos, afirmando así que “la contradicción está en el origen de todas las cosas”.

cesarcasona02dAsí, el oxímoron, la paradoja, la antítesis y la contradicción como concepto, han sido recursos valorados, estudiados y desarrollados a través de diferentes canales, siendo probablemente la literatura el medio más utilizado y profuso. Es de justicia que, en el siglo XXI, la fotografía sirva para trasladar esta idea al mundo de lo visual, en forma de oxímoron, antítesis y paradojas visuales. Cabe destacar que la fotografía ha sido para mí el medio más sencillo y preciso para expresar y exteriorizar esta reflexión, a través de la manipulación de objetos, luz, personas y momentos de la vida cotidiana. Tal vez sea el fruto de un carácter, de una absoluta incapacidad para optar o para afirmar. Quizá la firme creencia en que la verdad se antoja distraída cuando interceden la imagen o la palabra, y cuando arbitran los sentidos. Tal vez el Yin y el Yang en oriente. Quizá mi absurdo raciocinio al interpretar que no habría guerras en un mundo sin amor. Quizá los estragos que produce la fe en busca de razón. Quizá el parecido entre el átomo y las formas más inmensas del universo. Tal vez la comprensión ante la violencia engendrada por quien defiende al indefenso. Tal vez nada de esto. O todo. En cualquier caso, siempre serán las reflexiones de uno cualquiera. Sea bienvenido a usted mismo/a.
César Casona
* En ninguna imagen se ha llevado a cabo la utilización de retoque digital alguno.

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more at DNG Photo Magazine

The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds

Personal Project | Mike Corrado

If you love photography, the personal project is a gift you give yourself—a gift of permission to pursue whatever serious or fanciful subject catches your imagination. That’s the beauty of it: the personal project exists for its own sake.

This is the first in an occasional series of stories on personal projects and the photographers who love them.

mikecorrado01aMike Corrado’s long-time interest in the water fowl of Avalon Park & Preserve in Stony Brook, New York, began with frequent visits to the location with his family. The park is near his home, it’s got a great walking trail and, not the least, he discovered it was ideal for photography—which is not only Mike’s passion, it’s his profession: he’s Sr. Manager; Pro Relations & Marketing Business Development for Nikon.

mikecorrado01bAt the start, Avalon was simply a peaceful place to go, which is no small consideration for a person with a high-activity job. Then it became a peaceful place to go and take pictures— »to get away for a few hours, » Mike says, « quiet and alone with the birds and the camera. »

mikecorrado01cSo just for fun, and to see what results he could get, he began photographing the common birds—the ducks, geese and swans. Then he discovered there were also cormorants, egrets and herons— »the slightly more exotic birds that would frequent the area only in warmer weather. »

mikecorrado01dWhat kicked things into high gear was a certain area— »in the brush, behind an embankment »—that was full of birds. It was there he noticed a nesting swan and found he couldn’t wait until the eggs hatched and the cygnets—the young swans—were out.

mikecorrado01ePersonal Project: The Art and Craft of Photographing Birds
by Mike Corrado

more at Nikon

Blue Sky Days

Tomas van Houtryve is an artist, photographer and author who engages critical contemporary issues around the world.
In 2013, Tomas began working on Blue Sky Days, a drone’s-eye view of America. Images from the project were first published in Harper’s as the largest photo portfolio in the magazine’s 164-year history. The series was awarded the 2015 ICP Infinity Award and honors from POY, World Press Photo, the Photographic Museum of Humanity, and the White House News Photographer’s Association.

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more at Anastasia Photo

My London

A 2017 photography calendar created by people who have been homeless. Unique photos, inspiring stories. A beautiful gift.

The Cafe Art 2017 MyLondon calendar is a social enterprise initiative for London homelessness art groups and individuals who have been affected by homelessness.
In July this year, at St Paul’s Cathedral, 105 FujiFilm single-use cameras were handed out to people affected by homelessness, with the theme « My London ». Training on how to use the cameras was given by The Royal Photographic Society [The RPS] in June, and again on the day of the handout.

It’s a follow-up to the successful 2016 calendar that went viral last year. It resulted in partnerships with projects around the world. As well as running MinhaSao Paulo in Brazil in November with With One Voice, we are helping several other cities including MySydney, MyBudapest, MyNew Orleans who are all doing calendars this year and MyToronto which will launch in 2017. All projects are grass-roots run and funded locally, and we encourage people to support them too!

MyLondon08aGraffiti Area by Saffron Saidi

MyLondon08bSt Paul’s in Reflection by Christopher McTavish

MyLondon08cLondon calling by Hugh Gary

MyLondon08dGroup stretch by Siliana

MyLondon08eThe Coffee Roaster by Leo Shaul

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My London
more at kickstarter

Every Last One

Every Last One
On a deeply personal mission, Joel Sartore is photographing as many animals as he can—before some disappear.

For years National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore worked far away from home—documenting the astonishing wildlife of Bolivia’s Madidi National Park or scrambling up the three tallest peaks in Great Britain or getting too close to grizzly bears in Alaska. His wife, Kathy, stayed in Lincoln, Nebraska, and took care of the kids. “He never wanted to change diapers or be a stay-at-home dad,” she says…

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One man’s quest to document the world’s animals, one picture at a time.

more in National Geographic USA – April 2016

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Stop Ivory

Stop Ivory
Photographs and text by Martin Middlebrook

MartinMiddlebrook03a« Stop Ivory » is a photographic project aimed at creating political change and saving the African elephant from extinction.

MartinMiddlebrook03b MartinMiddlebrook03c MartinMiddlebrook03dTo give some context to the urgency of this situation, consider these facts:
— 10 years ago there were 1.2 million African Elephants—now there are just 450,000 remaining.
— Nearly 100 are killed every day for their ivory.
— 60% of African elephants have been slaughtered in the last 10 years.
— At this rate, most African elephant populations will be gone in a decade.
In short, the future of elephants is in our hands.

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more at: lensculture

Stop Ivory is running an Indiegogo campaign to crowdfund the completion of this worthy project. You can help out—every small part counts!

Matt Black | The Geography of Poverty

Matt Black | The Geography of Poverty

MattBlack09aAnastasia Photo is pleased to present The Geography of Poverty, Matt Black’s second exhibition at the gallery.

MattBlack09bAccording to the Census Bureau’s measure of poverty—$11,490 is the annual income for one person or $23,550 for a family of four—over 45 million people fall below the poverty line in the U.S., the largest number on record for the country.

MattBlack09cOriginating on Black’s Instagram feed (@mattblack_blackmatt), The Geography of Poverty began in his home region of California’s Central Valley. In the heart of the nation’s richest state, conditions rival that of any third world nation, with residents suffering some of the country’s highest unemployment and hunger rates. Combining images, geolocation, and poverty data, the project sought to put these marginalized communities on the map and chart this unseen scope of poverty in rural America. Since the first post in December 2013, The Geography of Poverty has gained over 180,000 followers and earned Black TIME’s title of 2014 Instagram Photographer of the Year.

MattBlack09dFollowing a preplanned route across the four corners of the United States, Black began a three-month road trip this past June, documenting over 70 cities, towns, and rural communities, connected by the fact that more than 20% of their residents fall below the poverty line. From the staggering hunger and food insecurity in the Southwest to the ‘Cancer Valley’ of Louisiana, the persistence of inequality in education and generational opportunity, and rampant unemployment and crime in the post-industrial Mid-West; Black questions what kind of America are we to be – a land of opportunity, or pockets of plenty amidst a landscape of disparity and despair?

MattBlack09eMatt Black | The Geography of Poverty
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