Starting today, the Balkan Collective (BULBphotos Insta account) is proudly presenting the Photo of the Month.
Each month the featured pictures are curated and the three administrators are commenting and judging some of them. One is selected but we don’t call it winner. You are all winners for two major reasons.
Firstly because you dare to share your work and we all know what an act of courage this is, to be subject to the public judgement!
Secondly because every choice is subjective and a different jury will always come up with different choices.
This month’s picture creates one of the most powerful feelings of the photographic medium: ambiguity. We cannot tell if the atmosphere is merry or oppressing, if the man behind the balloons is sad or joyful.
The faded colours and the geometry breaking the "kingdom of lines" contribute to the “unstable” scene. It is an unease picture with multiple readings.
In conclusion, the image stayed with us far longer than the others. One of us wondered: “It reminds me being dressed with my *good* clothes on Sundays. Is it a good or bad feeling?” There is no answer to that and the more the questions the better for a picture to perpetuate.
We have also liked the picture with the play of shadows. The contrast, the juxtapositions and the surrealism create a “clean” street photograph, well composed but where the form prevails over content and prevents us of going deeper after a quick reading.
The image with the old lady is the most static of all but the almost white frame except the shy blue of the sky makes it quite graphic and attractive but without creating a message. We can “smell” the countryside and the austerity of the composition works both ways. It keep us to a distance but at the same time it fixes the memory.
Marius Petrescu, Panayotis Kalkavouras, Michail Moscholios
(Photos: Up: Polyvios Kosmatos, Left: Efthimios Koustas, Right: Stela Patrulescu)
Every day in Athens, Greece, thousands of people use the metropolitan railway in order to go somewhere. I am fascinated by the way the combination of darkness and light in the metro stations gives a theatrical stage impression , transforming for some moments the commuters to actors. (Photos and text by Ploutarcos Haloftis)
Water has a dreamlike force beyond the objective experiences it offers to us.
Our experiences, our dreams and our imagination are the ones that explain the way in which the initiation of the water experience develops.
I tried with a brief (photographic) description to capture how water is involved in human life. (Photos and text by George Tsilis)
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.
βULB goes Sofia
Stay tuned to learn in time about the events organised by our team.
SEP 2019: ΦΩS Bucharest
MAY 2019: ΦΩS Sofia
APR 2019: The Greeks
NOV 2018: PhosAthens2
APR 2018: The Romanians
APR 2018: ΦΩS Project2
JAN 2018: BG exhibition
DEC 2017: MSPF 2017
NOV 2017: ΦΩS Project
AUG 2017: VSLO 2017
APR 2017: CY exhibition
DEC 2016: 2nd Photo 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