Paul Melcher's selection
Color us international. The world around is so vast and yet so small that there is no reason not to explore beyond our physical boundaries . Sitting around on a chair, sofa, floor or your favorite wifi cafe, wherever it may be, using a desktop, laptop, tablet or phone, one can be transported to any part of the world and then come back.
Photography was born in western Europe and travelled quickly to America with the flow of immigrants. While for a long time the reserved instrument of the wealthy and leisured, it has slowly invaded all the stratosphere of modern societies, breaking the rules of class wars and long established boundaries. Now, everywhere you look there is a camera and a picture being taken. But what about the curators? Those who might not take pictures but love them anyways. Those who practice the dying art of selecting the best from the crowd and exposing it for other to enjoy. Where are they ? From his base in Romania ( did someone say eastern Europe? ) comes Constantin Nimigean. Passionate about photography, he has set himself to share with whomever would be willing to spend a little time reading and looking at his site. Called “Oitzarisme”, an invented word that means “sheep things”, it is a refreshing look at the world of image, as seen by someone who grew up in Eastern Europe. There is no influence of the western culture here, no traces of what must be liked or disliked. Just a very true peak of original photography , whether it is local or international. In other words, he has no boundaries.
Constantin Nimigean didn't stop here. After the launch of Oitzarisme in 2007, he recently launch two other sites. One is called “Inspiratie” and is a snapshot collection of news, reviews, portfolios and exhibitions, updated daily. Finally, he also launched an online magazine, hosted on the ISSUU platform, called the “Love Issue”. Whether you like them or not, his various selections and his hard work have attracted attention to a refreshing approach to contemporary photography.