Blesok no. 105, January, 2016
Gallery Reviews

Dramatics as Opposed to Speed
Sasho Dimoski

Safet Ahmeti

Dramatics as Opposed to Speed

    How can one understand photographic portrait when one can use barely several sentences? Even more complex: how can one understand portrait nowadays in the time of tweets limited to 140 characters? Differently said, in which way can any medium, not only photography, attract our attention to a bit more than several second? With questions like this here comes the black and white photography as an esthetic breakthrough from the endless grayness of we-are-all-photographers culture that we are facing. These pictures aim to transmit personal, even selfish information. The pictures, which have been approached with knowledge and attention on the side of the author force us to stop, think and even contemplate rather than only glance at them. Such a stop is offered by Saso Dimoski‚Äôs portraits which emit humanity and friendship. Still, no matter how much we live in a time of momentary information, neither the information itself, nor the static finally exposed result of photography is momentary or static. On the contrary, they have their own course of events, from the reason of their creation, via the events on the image, to their live afterwards. In short: a story. The portraits made by Saso Dimoski are precisely this, stories transmitted via photographic medium. And more than that, they are stories in which the author and the models are long-term acquaintances (personally or indirectly, via their work), so none of the portraits is accidental. The dramatics of these portraits is clearly expressed and through the moment selected to be presented to the audience in which the process nature of the events is seen, as well as the esthetic transformation. Therefore, the further life of these photographs will depend on the preparedness of the audience to accept the challenge and get into a dialogue with any of them separately, understand it, interpret it and give it a different dimension, one of its own.
    Aware of the speed in passing of data in the real time that we live, the author marks the momentariness of the medium with additional information, on the very moment when the photograph was made = name, surname, year, date, precise time.
    24.12.2015, 19:27:38, Skopje

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