Introduction to GUP #42 - Open Space




Throughout the history of photography, whether in the name of science or art, people have been travelling far and wide in order to take pictures of remote places. In this issue of GUP Magazine, we pay tribute to the human tendency – or should we say 'attitude' – to size up all of space.

The results, as always, are paradoxical. Kirill Golovchenko encountered people that seem to take part in the free market space, but they are somehow bound to the strip of land stitched to the highway. Jane Hilton scouted for brothels in the deserted American West, finding the opposite: unrestricted territory.

Photographers continually explore unknown territory, in part to determine where they are in relation to it. Some have explored the underwater world, while others take a remote island as their destination. Islands, of course, have natural boundaries, but as Yaakov Israel explains in our interview, he too inevitably hit borders as he was attempting a road trip through his homeland.

We would also like to introduce a recent discovery, resulting from one of the many international portfolio reviews that GUP Magazine has been involved in over the last few years: Valeria Scrilatti visited zoos around Europe, documenting the strange concept of keeping animals in captivity while also observing a natural instinct among these species to escape our attention.

Furthermore, we'd like to expand on the urge of visual artists to explore the unknown. Even though some of the photographers featured here might not have travelled all that far, in geographic terms, the mysterious spaces that they delve into is as immeasurably deep and wide.

Erik Vroons, Chief Editor