CRITICAL MASS TOP 50 – MARKERS OF TIME
From Photolucida in Portland Oregon, 200 photographer finalists work was viewed and voted on by over 200 esteemed international photography professionals. From the finalist group, the Top 50 are named and awarded. This group is being presented during the Month of Photography.
Although there are seemingly infinite ways of making photographs – and as many opinions about their value – one of photography’s universal tools is its ability to become a tangible record of time. Whether that is achieved through the capture of a specific moment, or if a series of images present a visual journal of a photographer’s personal journey, these moments lend themselves to clichés that speak of time. The passing of time, time is of the essence, the work is “big time” or it might be ahead of its time.
When exploring the fantastic photographs created by the Critical Mass finalists, it may, at first, seem tricky to find a thematic thread that weaves its way throughout the work. After all, the photographers presented their work without parameters that locked them into to a specific theme. And yet, time after time, when looking at the photographs selected from this collection of 50 finalists, you can’t help but see time staring back at you. Some of the images are lost in time, some seem to have been created in a time warp, others feel timely, some suspend time and a few make you exclaim: “It’s about time!”
Each of these 50 images are part of a separate story. How you decide to see them, either through a narrative presented by the photographer, or via your own imagination, is up to you. Take your time. You might find that in each case they do more than suspend time; they become timeless.
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“Old Time – New Order” © 2016 Oliver Klink
Article by Euna Park
In 2005, photographer Oliver Klink left the corporate world to focus solely on photography. Born and raised in the Swiss Alps, Klink has always had a heartfelt appreciation for nature. His extensive travels allowed him to discover and appreciate what was in front of his eyes.
“From [an] early age, I vividly recall the smell of the ink, the paper flying through Heidelberg presses and flipping through books my dad printed,” Klink told weather.com. “I started as a large-format analog photographer and was in awe with the quality of the images and the prints.”
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Oliver Kink (Los Gatos, CA) focused his attention on the cultural diversity and aesthetic of disappearance. In the permanent cultural changes on a global level, he is documenting the impact of the transition and modernization in China and Asian culture on the local and personal level.
The nucleus and heart of his interest are the complexity of existence that survives on the social, spiritual and visual level in our society and culture. He portrayed the Chinese people with affection and humanity and recalled truly epic descriptions of vanishing authentic life in China. His deep sense of the fragility of the Chinese world and traditional way of life was providing knowledge about the fragility of life and heritage in general. With the sustained high level of anthropological and historical skill and universality of his artistic concept, Klink reaches the spiritual connection with the Chinese people and their costumes. Clear vintage composition and the purity of Klink’s new modernism underlined the common need for humanity and fragility of human existence. In his effort to demythologizing China and the Chinese people in the American mind, a tradition, not the traditionalism becomes the main object of his photography.
The main thing about Oliver Klink ‘storytelling of consequences’ is the fact that his basic visual researching became a strong message about the relevance of heritage, old customs, and rituals. He accomplished his mission by reaching the connection between different cultures and people by underlining the quality of being different and unique.
– Drazenka Jalsic Ernecic (Croatia) senior curator
From worshipping in Myanmar temples to ancient farming in Bhutan: Spell-binding images capture the disappearing traditions of Asia
- California-based photographer Oliver Klink has spent the past 16 years travelling and photographing Asia
- He set out to document the way of life before the rise of modernisation in countries including China and India
- Talented artist said it is his aim to offer ‘a glimpse into the world as it should be’, where life is about simplicity
But in a bid to capture historical conventions before they’re lost forever, one photographer has been busy at work documenting them in a powerfully poignant way.
California-based photographer Oliver Klink has spent the past 16 years travelling across Asia to countries including Mongolia, China, Bhutan, Myanmar and India before the rise of modernisation takes hold.
Shot in black and white, the photographs show a simple life, with no technology in sight. One candid image shows a woman looking towards the camera with tattooed tribal lines covering her face and a straw hat on her head.
Another powerful photo captures two young children taking part in a ceremonial procession. They are seen wearing traditional feathered headdresses and embellished outfits as they are paraded through the streets on wooden horse-like beams.
Klink, who was born and raised in Switzerland before relocating the US, says it is his goal to ‘make the viewers dream’. He adds that he also wants to ‘offer a glimpse into the world as it should be’, where life is about living off the land not checking the next email.
Photographer Oliver Klink focuses his work on the complex ways in which modern life unfolds. His award-winning, black-and-white imagery has been featured in National Geographic and Popular Photography, among other publications. In particular, his Consequences series combines his artistic abilities with anthropological investigation.
Consequences, which sees Klink traveling to remote, yet accessible, areas, seeks to address threats to cultural diversity through modernization. In an age where globalization is expanding, how can unique traditions continue to thrive? Through visits to countries such as Myanmar, Bhutan, and China, Klink seeks these answers.
Klink’s work has a timeless feel, owed in large part of his mastery of Piezography. This digital printing process, where photographers mix their own inks, enhances the highlights and shadow of each photograph. In this way, Klink is able to pluck each moment from the background, artistically shaping the final result.
We were lucky enough to speak with Klink about his work in general and how Consequences has developed. Read on for the full interview.