Marcel Boer, a genuine documentary photographer

Marcel Boer, a genuine documentary photographer

Federica Cimorelli · 5 months ago · Photography

Marcel Boer, on Instagram @marcellboer, is a German photographer and creative developer who, with extreme spontaneity and instinct, creates unique shots.

In his work, he mixes experience and improvisation, technique and practice, knowledge and creativity and creates inimitable photographic stories. His art is the result of the sum of his passions, his works are balanced, essential and genuine.

We had the chance to talk to him a bit about photography and life. Here is the interview, enjoy reading it.

Hi Marcel Boer, tell us something about yourself. Where did you grow up, how did you discover photography and how long have you been working in this world?

I grew up in a small 300 inhabitants village in western Germany not too far from where I live now. My first experiences with a camera came from skateboarding, I started filming skaters at the age of 15, but I never imagined that photography would be a thing for me. I was more attracted by moving images and photos were just boring to me, but then I went on a skateboarding trip to Barcelona in 2014 and bought a camera, everything changed from there. It was a Canon AE-1, I still have it but it’s broken, I bought it after I saw it being used in a video of a Pro-Skateboard and the results of his pictures was crazy. After seeing those analogue images I was hyped and so I bought it too. After that trip and from year to year my passion grew, I bought more cameras, tried different ones and started printing zines and fine art prints. I started working with clients and getting featured in magazines around 2019/2020.

What do you like to tell through your photography?

I love to make a documentary use of photography, I don’t like staging even when I do a campaign shooting or something similar.
I’ve been looking for spontaneity ever since I was shooting my skateboarder friends on tour or in my hometown, just to document good times and moments. For me, it is really important to transport pure and natural feelings in my photography.

What is femininity for you?

For me, femininity is something that has been given the importance it deserves too late in this world.

Which artists and photographers have influenced your work?

I don’t really know if those artists have influenced me directly, but I love the photos of Donari Braxton, Jean Pierrot and Bryan Liston. In my opinion, they are doing unique work.

In your opinion, what is the most important thing to consider while shooting portraits?

Finding a good angle and framing.

Continue the sentence: for me photography is…

For me, photography is a way to connect together all the things I like in my life.

What are you working on lately?

Lately, I created new stories for some magazines, new print editorials and I’m working on a new self-published zine.

Words by Federica Cimorelli

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Photographic journey among the Nenets, in Siberia at -50°

Photographic journey among the Nenets, in Siberia at -50°

Tommaso Berra · 3 months ago · Photography

It is hard to even imagine what it is like to live in one of the most inhospitable territories on earth, covered in snow all year round, with temperatures dropping below minus 50 degrees in the coldest months. It is in these conditions that the Nenets live, in the Siberian strip of land called the Yamal peninsula, inhabited by herds of animals that cause entire villages to migrate.
The Nenets are a nomadic people devoted to their livestock, the only source of wealth and survival for entire families. Their connection with nature is spiritual and shamans play an important role in the villages, connecting humans with the darkest and most mysterious forces.

Nicola Ducati’s Shades of White series is an account of living with the Nenets for ten days, immersing oneself in their culture and trying to decipher the gestures and minimalist language that describes nature according to the feelings it arouses. There are ten different words just to describe white in all its nuances, and it is easy to think that this is normal, since white in the Yamal surrounds the entire visual horizon, with infinite meanings and textures.
In the tents, animal skins warm from the cold, while Samoyed dogs in a corner gnaw on the last bones of a fish.

One of the few signs of mechanical human intervention is the slow, silent railway that brings supplies and relief, seen by the Nenets as a means through which to exchange products. The transit of the train leaves no trace in the snow, the rails disappear and only the cloud of steam remains in the landscape.
The photographs show a minority that is preserving a primordial way of life, adapting their lifestyle, sending the youngest to university to increase their chances of surviving an unsustainable economic system that is defying even the coldest Arctic storms.

Nenets | Collater.al
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InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

InstHunt – The 10 best photos on Instagram this week

Giulia Guido · 3 months ago · Photography

Every day, on our Instagram profile, we ask you to share with us your most beautiful pictures and photographs.
For this InstHunt collection of this week we have selected your 10 best proposals: @photostrekoza, @obsessive.ph0t0graphy, @paola_francesca_barone, @asya.zang, @niinque, @saracamporesi.it, @fabrizio_lecca, @kevin.ponzuoli, @ele.naus, @clickquieli.

Tag @collateral.photo to be selected and published on the next InstHunt.

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How do Karim Amr’s eyes see Egypt?

How do Karim Amr’s eyes see Egypt?

Tommaso Berra · 3 months ago · Photography

There seems to be an almost infinite depth in the space photographed by Karim Amr, the pyramids on the horizon are as large as they seem to be built on the same vertical plane. The weight of the air creates layers and defines volumes, towering over anything but rock, sand or sky.
Amr’s photographic series on Egypt alternates between clear landscapes with the moon clearly defined in the sky and views in which the sand, lifted by the hot wind, describes the instability of the night in the desert. Ancient architecture such as the Pyramids and the Sphinx look like spatial ramparts defending an alien landscape, like the settings of Denis Villeneuve’s recent Dune.

Karim Amr’s is an attempt to abstract as much as possible a complex territory such as the desert. The speed with which the landscape changes is contrasted with the idea of stillness, stability and geometry, a play of layers that fossilises even the intrusion of man.
It is fascinating to note how much the sunlight in a landscape such as the Egyptian desert transforms from a chromatic point of view, becoming either an enveloping white veil or a warm red that seems to set fire to the ground and the air.
The photographer’s research also involved the Arab architecture of his city, a series which can be seen in part on Amr’s official Instagram profile.

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Karim Amr | Collater.al
Karim Amr | Collater.al
Karim Amr | Collater.al
Karim Amr | Collater.al
Karim Amr | Collater.al
Karim Amr | Collater.al


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Riccardo Fregoso, photos of a “metaphysical” Adriatic Sea.

Riccardo Fregoso, photos of a “metaphysical” Adriatic Sea.

Collater.al Contributors · 3 months ago · Photography

“Adriatic”, the photographic work of Riccardo Fregoso, is a story that stops time and invites us to reflect on the value of memory. The coasts of Abruzzo and Molise are captured in light. Light is the protagonist of these photographs and it is always light that creates forms and gives them colour. It is certainly not a Caravaggesque light, but a modern one, inspired by early 20th-century painting and the style of great photographers.

We could call it metaphysical, able to freeze time and catapult us into a temporary suspension of reality. It is like his photos, so limpid and diaphanous, sincerely show an eternal hour that has always existed but is, in some ways, ancient. It is the hour of a precise instant, where everything stops and dreams chase each other, where we imagine fixed and unchanging places that have existed and that now seem to return from an undefined past. 

Riccardo Fregoso’s references to photographers such as Luigi Ghirri or Joel Meyerowitz cannot be overlooked, like certain traces of Hopper’s light, to define his aesthetic. The Adriatic Sea turns out to be a sort of Italian Cape Cod, not only a place of holiday, but of memory. 

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These photographs, so precisely composed and balanced, show a calibrated portion of space, leaving our imagination to fill them with everyday life, Fellini characters and an all-Italian horizon of scents, aromas, sounds and perceptions. After all, the memory of each individual cannot be separated from a collective memory, which draws its origins from a shared history of images, films, songs and books. And the holiday resort is one of the artistic spaces in which writers, filmmakers and singers moved most after the Second World War. 

That is why, even if we have never been in Abruzzo or Molise, we feel that the photographs in this work are somehow ours, we see them as part of our personal history because they belong to another story, another tale, which is common to most us.

Autore: Francesco Fusi

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