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Today ED celebrated the birth of ED IT: Substantial System for Photographic Archive Maintenance [SSPAM]
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'Out of the picture' is nominated for the Unseen Dummy Award 2013 and will be shown during Unseen Photo Fair 26-29 september.
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Interview on CopyPasteCulture!
Simone Engelen (1988) was recently nonimated for the Photo Academy Award. A film, based on one of her photoseries, was shown at Cannes Film Festival. And, she’s part of ED, a collective of five young experts in the field of images, their meaning and aesthetic value. Time to meet up with this Royal Academy of Arts graduate to talk about her work & ED.
copypasteculture: You’re involved with ‘ED: Restoring the Value of Photography Through Editing'
Simone Engelen: Yes, ED is an objective, professional and analog method of editing. The five of us strive towards the ideal ‘less is more’ and restoring the value of photos that are important enough to save, revisit and remember. We found that through editing personal archives a map of contemporary photography unfolded itself, revealing modern day use and unwritten rules of the medium.
It’s a way of reducing a large personal collection to a representative selection of images. It really is about the content, aesthetics are less important. That makes the final selection very personal.
copypasteculture: Your photographic work is also very personal.
Simone Engelen: Yes, I think it’s important to be close to what I photograph. I want to deeply get to know the subject before I tell the story. I’ve been inspired by people like Miroslav Tichy. That man was his work; his pictures were scattered out on the floor, nibbled on by rats. Things like that say so much about him and his life. I’d love to be like that. You should be able to express yourself. And through the story of an individual, convey something universal.
copypasteculture: You seek out a personal approach by claiming a certain role. For instance, in the series From Buddha to Yogi, you’ve decided to join your subject, Boris, in a 100 day Bikram Yoga challenge.
Simone Engelen: True, for some reason I get drawn in by the subjects I photograph. I had seen Boris at the yoga school and it fascinated me that an overweight man had the courage to go to a sauna-like environment in his swimming trunks. When I asked him what his reason was for doing yoga, he said: “I’m planning to transform from Buddha to Yogi.”
Then I decided to join him in the 100 day challenge, so that I know what he is experiencing. I realize it’s a fine line. When do you come too close? It’s also an exploration of my own boundaries.
I think exposing parts of yourself is an important aspect for an artist. That is what distinguishes you from others. Barthes wrote about the studium – the knowledge you need – and the punctum, that which you can not describe in the photo. I can have the same knowledge and technology as anyone else but what differentiates me from others, is who I am.
copypasteculture: Who you are defines your punctum.
Simone Engelen: Yes, you know, in those moments it all feels right. When I capture the moment just like I wanted to, the feeling I get… it’s almost orgasmic. I have an insecure nature but when I’m in a flow of inspiration I believe in my instincts. It tells me that it isn’t enough just to think, but to feel.
copypasteculture: What can we expect from you in the future?
Simone Engelen: There is so much already to be seen, so much has been done and is already made. That makes me jealous at times. So I try not to be guided by that, and try to stick to the essentials: who I am and what interests me. I’m still young and my personality is still forming. This also reflects my work. Now it’s quite ‘pastel’ but in future work, I would like to explore the darker side of myself.
New discovery by ED about Footography.
"A highlight of Les Rencontres d'Arles: running into a young Dutch woman who is part of a group of five embarked on a project to diminish the number of images in the world. It is called “ED: Restoring the Value of Photography Through Editing.” They are planning to present the results of their endeavor this September at Unseen, the Amsterdam festival. Surrounded by the fifty exhibitions on view here and the many young artists showing portfolios, their project gives one pause: in our media-saturated world, less may well be more.”
- Fred Ritchin
Come to Photo Town today! I brought prints and sangria
Now you can follow our process in the research about modern use of photography based on the investigation of a private photo archive. There is also more information about this project, exploration of the system that can be used to compress photo archive to a smaller representative model. On the website we also post small discoveries that we find during our research.
Foam Photographymuseum Amsterdam and GKf - the Dutch professional photography association - approached Sterre Sprengers, Nikki Brormann, Brigiet van den Berg, Ola Lanko and me, to create an innovative concept with the statement 'Photography is for everyone'. Today we presented the results of our coorporation: The ED Technical Standard For Photo Editing, in Pakhuis de Zwijger. ED provides the possibility to edit a photographic archive to a smaller representative model.
Moreover, we were invited to be part of the international photography fair Unseen in Amsterdam this September!
Today we finished the last grading session for the movie AchterRuit. The movie will go in premiere on the 6th of April in Cinema Kriterion in Amsterdam from 12:30 till 13:30 pm and will be shown at Festival de Cannes from 15th to 26th May 2013 in the Cannes Court Métrage!
AchterRuit featured in the magazine FOTOgrafie
I'm honored to be part of the New GUP Dutch Photography Talent!
Working on a new commission called ED together with Brigiet van den Berg, Nikki Brormann, Ola Lanko and Sterre Sprengers. Together we are developing a system to edit a photographic archive to a smaller representative model.
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A photograph from the serie From Buddha to Yogi is chosen as Photo of the Month on FoMaa! During this month the picture will be for sale in a one-off edition of a unique format and price :)
'A greater antithesis is hardly imaginable: the gnarled, contorted branches, the lushes growing grass, the vitality, abundance and primal strength of nature in contrast to the fat, white, vulnerable, almost formless body of a man. In this image the natural state of man has nothing to do with what we see as nature. It appears as if the man just happens to have sat there, in a posture that renders him anonymous but also makes us wonder what has brought him to sit here.
Nothing in his posture gives the impression he can or wants to move. He sits there like a large pink smudge between the branches.
Actually he’s a little bit in our way. He defines the image in ways that we would rather not contend with. He compels us to look at him, to seek his folds, to scan his skin with our eyes, to examine him whilst he sits reluctantly and motionless on the branch. A greater contrast is hardly conceivable, he couldn’t be more naked, his exposure couldn’t be more candid. Here this man has become flesh and challenges us to consider our perceptions.'
Review by Jessica Backhaus:
''Out of the picture' inspires you to take chances. Taking a chance at a moment of your life where your own world is turned upside down. Simone Engelen created a very sensitive project about her father who is in search of the meaning of his life after he got laid off from his company where he worked for over twenty years. He decides to go to Bali for two months where he is trying to find answers to his questions. His family supports him in his desire to find a new perspective and a new purpose.
The book juxtaposes portraits of the family with landscapes and still-lifes. Simone stays back with her mother and her sister. The photographs are in a dialogue with the letters from her father. He shares with them his inner feelings, emotions and impressions while he is gone. Meanwhile Simone documents her mother, her sister, herself and their daily life. Somehow life continues in its daily routine. Her landscapes radiate melancholy and tenderness. Even though the father is absent, you can nevertheless feel his presence in these empty roads and fields.
Simone’s work is very personal and lyrical. Our emotions get equally taken on a journey as her photographs allow us to take a walk into a world of reflections. Looking at her work I feel a certain strength and vulnerability simultaneously. Simone seeks to go behind the surface of the moment and creates with her father a story of courage and possibilities. 'Out of the picture' feels like an homage to her father as it traces his journey and his search of meaning at a time of uncertainty. While sharing his challenges and thoughts with his family, Simone faces her own reality. The reality of growing up and finding out her own destiny.'
The video portraits I made during the process of AchterRuit are now on show in Menzis, The Hague
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