“EXPECT SHADOWS”. AKA OUR DEAR FRIEND ALINA MARIE GÄRTIG.
THOSE WHO FOLLOW OUR INSTAGRAM CLOSELY MAY RECOGNISE SOME OF THESE HALF FRAMES FROM POSTS IN THE PAST. NAMELY THE ONES ABOVE, SHOT ON A TRIP TO PORTUGAL SEVERAL WINTERS AGO.
Oddly enough Alina isn’t a “professional photographer”. But she could easily be.
She has a natural eye for beauty. For colours. For patterns. For the beauty in life so many of us often neglect. Or if we do, we admire it somewhat fleetingly. Taking the moment for granted. A moment which Alina takes a photograph of.
In all honesty we could’ve chosen a whole array of photographs from Alina’s portfolio. One just needs to look to her feed to find her work is indefinable. Portraits, still life, performance, black and white. But its her half frames we’ve decided to showcase, on this occasion at least.
As Alina puts it:
When exploring a planet a frame can help.
Restrictions have this habit of calming us down.
Like a weighted blanket.
Or a bathtub perhaps.
When you find something special a frame allows you to store it in a tiny box.
A half frame camera hands you 72 of those.
72 special things on this planet.
72 boxes to reopen.
Whether it is all the Cape Town waters.
Or all the Algarve patterns.
They’ll be neighbours forever.
Alina is currently exploring the empowering restrictions of blind photography and will release her findings towards the end of this year.