Introduction – Fragments & Collisions

Welcome to the Issue #1 of LPV Magazine. The theme of this issue is ‘Fragments and Collisions’ which I feel perfectly represents the state of LPV as we move into our next incarnation. What started out as a Flickr group back in 2007 has now evolved into a magazine that embraces both the print and digital mediums. The digital fragments we’ve built on various social media channels are now colliding with the great tradition of print magazines.

But that’s only one angle on the theme. Like a prism, it changes depending on your vantage point.

Ever since I became immersed in photography a few years ago, I’ve been fascinated by the way photographers are being influenced by the collision of styles, genres and time periods that you find on the internet. Every day photographers can find an eclectic mix of new work from all over the world. The access to this amount of work both polished and unpolished has to be influencing the way photographers see the world through their cameras. Through the internet, the day to day lives and visions of photographers are colliding in spectacular ways.

Print and digital are now also starting to collide in new and interesting ways. It’s becoming easier and more efficient to print and distribute magazines, not to mention the simplicity with which people can create blogs and online magazines. The low barrier to entry is creating exciting new possibilities but also further fragmenting the photography audience.

As challenging as it maybe, I want to bring the best of both worlds to the LPV audience, so each issue will be available both online and in print. This first issue features three photographers I’ve been following online for a few years now: Chuck Patch, Mark Alor Powell and Blake Andrews. I discovered them through the street photography community online, but quickly found out they each had an eclectic body of work that wasn’t always easy to classify.

Our group show features 17 photographers from around the globe and represents the essence of the eclectic nature of the submissions we receive through our Flickr group.

Visually the work explores the theme in different ways as well. In some photographs you’ll find a frame of fragmented geometric shapes and colors, in others you’ll find collisions between the quotidian and bizarre, natural and manufactured, serene and chaotic.

No matter which angle of the prism you choose to view the issue through, I hope you enjoy the journey through ‘Fragments and Collisions.’

FEATURES

Mark Alor Powell
Blake Andrews
Chuck Patch
Group Show

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