Marcel Boer, a genuine documentary photographer

Marcel Boer, a genuine documentary photographer

Federica Cimorelli · 6 days 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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The best astronomic photo of 2021

The best astronomic photo of 2021

Tommaso Berra · 6 days ago · Photography

You can take pictures of galaxies millions of light years away from us, capture the moment of an aurora borealis or be enchanted by the colors of nebulae and asteroids. The beauty of space is so mysterious that the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, for 13 years, has held a photo contest to award the best astronomical photograph of the year. The winners of the Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2021 have just been announced, and the astrophotographs, collected in an exhibition at the National Maritime Museum, reveal all the fascination of unknown space objects. The international competition dedicated to the world’s largest photographable subject selected 100 finalist images. The winner was the photograph of Suchang Dong, who was able to shoot the golden ring of a solar eclipse in Tibet. “I saw dark clouds in the sky, we were anxiously waiting for that moment but we were also lucky. It only took a minute and the clouds would have covered the sun.” Said the photographer.

The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year is divided into sections, based on space subjects. Northern lights; moon; people and space; planets-comets-asteroids; galaxies; stars and nebulae, and of course, couldn’t miss a section dedicated to the moon.
All astronomical photos are also available on the website of the Royal Observatory of Greenwich.

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Foto astronomiche | Collater.al
Foto astronomiche | Collater.al
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The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

The intimate and analog self-portraits by Celeste Ortiz

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

If a flower needs the first light of day to open and reveal all its beauty, Celeste Ortiz only needs a camera.

Celeste Ortiz is a young Chilean photographer, from San Antonio, the city where she still lives and works, known internationally. She has participated in group exhibitions not only in Chile, but also in Argentina, Austria, United Kingdom, Spain, Poland, USA, Mexico, Romania, Belgium, France, Greece, Philippines and Indonesia. 

Over the years, Celeste has specialized mainly in self-portraiture, becoming not only the creator of her shots, but also the main subject. Her photography focuses mainly on the body, which allows her to touch on themes such as femininity, introspection and intimacy. 

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The human body with its strength, but also its fragility and its weaknesses is the undisputed protagonist of the images: Celeste Ortiz reveals herself to the eyes of the viewer, she unveils herself showing all her beauty. Beauty that cannot but be combined with flowers and nature. 

To make her shots even more impactful is the choice of analog. Celeste Ortiz began to photograph digitally, recreating a sort of “vintage effect” in post-production, until she began to experiment with 35 mm cameras. Since then she has never gone back to digital and every effect we see is done in-camera. 

Read also: Anselme Servain and photography as a choice

Below you can see some shots by Celeste Ortiz, but to discover her more in-depth and don’t miss her next works follow her on Instagram and support her on Patreon

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celeste ortiz | Collater.al
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The sensuality of the women photographed by Bernhard Handick

The sensuality of the women photographed by Bernhard Handick

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Photography

The art of Bernhard Handick, photographer and multidisciplinary artist, does not end with a shot, on the contrary, the real work begins only after hearing the click of the camera. 

In fact, some of her photographs are not modified, returning the reality of that precise moment, but others are subjected to a work of modification, but not with Photoshop or post-production. Bernhard transforms his shots using color, paint or creating collages with them. This process, contrary to what one might think, does not destroy the image, but creates a sort of depth, makes it less flat and invests it with a whole new meaning. 

At the center of her artistic research, whether it be photographs or collages, we always find the female body naked. In this way, Bernhard Handick is also able to play the role of the sculptor, who plays with the bodies and transforms them into works of art. 

Below you will find a selection of his works, to find out more go to his website.

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Doubles, the photo project by Richard Kern

Doubles, the photo project by Richard Kern

Buddy · 5 days ago · Photography

Doubles is a series by New York photographer Richard Kern, created starting from 2013.

Kern is one of the most daring and extreme artists of the last thirty years, famous for his hard underground films made since the eighties, and for his photography always very linked to subcultures and magazines such as Vice, Playboy, Purple.

Doubles is an exploration of innocence: a series of portraits of young women made by superimposing two separate images, one in which they are topless, the other in which they are fully clothed. Kern creates a hallucinating image of a female subject who is neither a girl nor a woman yet.

An attempt to portray the vulnerability and joy that come with growing in one’s body, role and sexual power.

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