One day in the city faces become invisible. We don't see them, they don't see us. They pass by us, they pass through us, deconstructed in shadows and mostly out of focus.
But it's not them, it's us who put the barriers, it's us who stop communicating, who start looking without seeing, it's us who will suffer for a long period this lack of vision. Until someone or something will push the panic button, will press force quit and move to trash "Escape yourself, and gravity, hear me, cease to speak that I may speak, Restart and re-boot yourself, You're free to go!"
And then one day in the city faces become visible again. Only that they are transformed, they are not the same anymore, we are not the same anymore! (Photos by Rafael Ianos)
These pictures were taken in this year in surroundings of Salonta, a small city from Romania next to the the western border with Hungary.
The pictures are part of my ongoing project about the abandoned petrol stations next to the borderland.
All these petrol stations were built to deserve a commercial opportunity, Hungary became a member of European Community in 2004, Romania entered in UE only in 2007, in this 3 years of “financial relax” a lot of products were cheaper in Romania in comparison with any other UE member country. Because of the price, the Hungarian citizens passed the border to refuel their cars with cheaper gas, and this gave birth for this constructions really fast.
2007 the moment of acceptance of Romania as a full member in UE, was the year of falling-off for this business, they died suddenly and the buildings were left alone as mementos for this short period of rising and glory. (László-Tibor Olah)
The photographs of Niki Gleoudi attempt to speak to us about the visible and the invisible distances, both geographical and psychological, that immigrants often feel to be defined from, distances that technology seems to outweigh. They also indicate the inevitable idealization that distance itself creates for all that is distant, for all that, despite its altering form, remains firmly in our mind and transforming photography into a form of halted time, completely appropriate for photography.
In the following photographs, individuals of the Greek diaspora in the USA are matched with their ‘precious’ objects. (Hercules Papaioannou - Director, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, Greece)
If I had to leave America tomorrow I’d take …
The Bulb Collective consists of photographers active in urban (and rural) photography with an expressive shift to include highly aesthetic and poetic images in their assignments.
Stay tuned to learn in time about the events organised by our team.
JUN 2017: "Home" Project
APR 2017: Paphos exhibition
DEC 2016: Annual contest
NOV 2016: 2nd book launch
JUL 2016: Athens exhibition
JUL 2016: BULB in Kulturama
JUN 2016: Katerini exhibition
JUN 2016: Thess. exhibition
FEB 2016: Bucharest exhibit
JAN 2016: 1st Photo CONTEST
AUG 2015: BULB at VSLO2015
JUL 2015: CUCAL Exhibition
JUN 2015: BULB 1st Book
FEB 2015: Rural Project
JAN 2015: BULB Open DAY