From the drawer into the limelight
For BLINK 2016 we invited about 40 photographers to open their archives to us. They sent us pictures that were meaningful to them. There were no thematic constraints. A lot of images here are presented for the first time in a professional setting because many people shoot wonderful photos that they never show to anybody. BLINK offers a stage for these kind of pictures, who languish as sleeping beauties in hidden folders, waiting for a chance to be seen.
Starting with a pool of more than 2.500 submissions we entered an intense phase of curation, deciding on selection and placement in the calendar. Not an easy process, but a fun one.
As we like it
With this very personal selection process we were able to unearth 365 veritable treasures. The criterea were subjective: diversity, taste, colors, rhythm, portrait/landscape, light/dark, season, placement as commentary to holidays, similarity, sequences … The last round of triage was purely intuitive. This subjectivity in the final selection makes up the unique visual language of BLINK.
Many images were discarded with a heavy heart – but they remain in the pool for next year’s BLINK.