PROJECTS IN PROCESS: These projects are on-going or still in process
Photographer Elaine Melko documents the heirlooms families treasure, as markers of their journeys from countries around the world, to the U.S. where they all live today. Her work is a celebration of the richness of American heritage, drawn generously from the roots of cultures across the globe.
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“When I see an image that moves me, the first question that I want to know is: How was that picture made? Early in my career, I didn't know how much thought was put into making images that have impact. I had little idea of the psychology of photojournalism.”
Ryan Christopher Jones: “A good personal project, done with the most honest and curious of intentions, should naturally and organically bleed into everything we make as photographers. It should inform how we see and what we hear. It should let us know that we’re on the right path in exploring our curiosities and making sense of the world around us.”
I am very proud to announce today that Confluence Magazine is a sponsor of The Storytellers Conference, and to share the conversation I had with Row and Blimie about the conference and how it will serve emerging documentary photographers.
Photographs of children do something to us. We connect with them because we have children, know children, were children. Children are innocent, as a species our instinct is to protect them, and atrocities against them create calls to action.
Ryan: I wanted to infuse some tension without being super literal with showing her as crying whenever things were tense. The bath, the mirror, the door – those were symbolic shots I used to anchor the narrative outside the traditional chronology.
I’ve come to believe that the traditional routes to professional photojournalistic work are, perhaps, outmoded and full of deep ruts that simply aren’t properly navigable. In fact, rather than repair those blighted routes, I feel emboldened to suggest that we need to set our sights on altogether new routes.
Great, valuable documentary work is being made (or about to be made) by photographers as yet unknown to the documentary field: this is the idea driving Confluence Magazine.
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Each issue of Confluence Magazine will highlight one photograph from one project, and that photograph will be made available through Confluence for order as fine art print. A percentage of sales will go back to the photographer, and the rest will help Confluence Magazine grow in a sustainable and professional manner. The 8x10 archival ink jet print will be made on Hahnemuhle fine art paper, with a wide border, ready for framing.
Issue One Editor's Select is Linsey B. Davis's "Fort Clinch State Park Fernandina Beach, FL".
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Confluence Magazine is published quarterly - expect Issue Two in January 2019
The Editor’s Journal will update weekly.