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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 50 | volume IX | September-October, 2006



                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 50September-October, 2006
Gallery Reviews

Distancing for Closeness

– Photographs by Ivan Blažev “Macedonia Dreaming”–

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Nikola Madžirov

    Photographing is rather a moment of approaching than approaching the moment. The distance between the lens and the object leads the photographer to the field of the objectivity of the picture taken from a life organized according to the laws of certainty. The love for the fate (amor fati) of the people that become part of the controlled photo-landscape of the fleetingness, determines their natural features and the emotional diversity. Their clean faces and bodies moving towards the static heavenly, water and earthly depths draw the coordinates of the spatial and traditionalistic belonging.

    When we hold in our hands the museum photographs with historical-documentary values we almost always have the feeling that we have covered with our finger the most important part. We look for the point of continuity and discontinuity, forgetting the tradition of intimacy of the persons and objects framed in the composition. The photography of Ivan Blažev opens the questions of the dynamic / repetition of the day through the decomposition of the system of rational necessities and social contexts. His eye restores the intimate mythological layers on the wall of historical narrations. What distinguishes the intimate story from the historical one is – the silence – and the quietness of its significance. This silence can not be expressed through colors, same as the voice, it’s invisible and inseparable from the picture since the moment of its placement inside the womb of the camera.

    The photograph cleared of the dark socio-ideological chambers is released of any necessity and predictions. It does not include simple transposition of the ambience, nor hints of extended spaces and movements, of stolen states of the reality… There is no transcendental omnipresence, nor urges for being different, for gentle revolutions or broken narrations. Every memory is incomplete and this is the only reason it is memory at all. The photography is a reminiscence/encounter with a tendency for completeness and reorganization, for sorting and modeling the fragments that would mark the presence of the initial repetition.

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