anton kusters @antonkusters

http://antonkusters.com/

photographer | rabbit hole jumper | long distance staring expert | Odo Yakuza Tokyo | Mono No Aware | The Blue Skies Project

  • antonkusters

    February 18th at 7:01pm
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    Interesting marble experiments with @ivansigal at my studio #marbledust #carrara #transparencies #numbers #mountain #history #remembrance

    theslvrfox

    1 day ago
    Really nice!
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  • antonkusters

    February 15th at 3:33pm
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    Test strips on my studio wall for the upcoming Mono No Aware & Yakuza exhibit, waiting for good light to judge the colors. It's going to be the largest exhibit I've ever done, with 119 works on display. Super exciting... and in my home town, no less. It's good to be back. More details to follow #mononoaware #yakuza @cchasselt #cultuurcentrumhasselt #actandart #exhibit @ingrid_deuss_gallery #yokoso

  • antonkusters

    February 13th at 5:53pm

    Japanese garden in my home town

  • antonkusters

    February 11th at 4:23pm
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    The wind was cold that day.

    brimeech

    9 days ago
    Man that is a beautiful shot

    mvwm17

    9 days ago
    ⚡️
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  • antonkusters

    February 4th at 12:07pm
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    #image_by_image
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    Dear Ivan,
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    The boy stands on the stage. Silent. Mute. He cannot speak, yet he has a world to say. His arms limp beside him like a shirt hanging to dry on a day too hot with no wind, the sun beating down making everything heavy even that one white linen shirt that always moves in the slightest of breezes like little ripples in a pond now stays still as a statue commemorating, contextualising present with past. The spotlight blinds him.
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    The audience disappears before his eyes. He is alone now. Inside himself. Time slows down until things barely seem to move at all. The audience caged captured. This very instant, this microscopic moment in time, in these too young and powerless arms, in these blind eyes, in this mute voice, the boy holds an impossibility. Breathing halts.
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    Then he begins. Carries and shapes the weight of an entire world. For what he feels. The audience resists, unwilling to hand over what they remember once shaping carrying in the same way. They see reflected their own blindness, their own powerless arms, their own mute voices. They see the boy fighting like they fought. With everything he’s got. They see he gives it all.
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    The boy stands on the stage. But he does not wait to be given to. He has already taken what is his. He is already speaking. He can already see. His arms are already powerful, already shaping the world to come. It is the only way. Standing on many shoulders, he trusts with his life, and demands the same.
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    /// #image_by_image is an ongoing conversation between photographers @ivansigal and @antonkusters ///

    ezrapink

    14 days ago
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    Nice Pic !

    simonedechecco

    16 days ago
    👍
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  • antonkusters

    February 2nd at 8:42am
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    Dust spotting digital pinhole captures... I really should care more about keeping my sensors clean.

    pabloperezyanez

    14 days ago
    buena foto

    traveldudes

    16 days ago
    👏👌

    samir_

    19 days ago
    But those little sensor squeegees are the scariest things!

    vivianbrussels

    19 days ago
    Me too....
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  • antonkusters

    January 28th at 7:30pm

    A scale of 1:100 seems to work well this time #mononoaware #yakuza #ccha #actandart

  • antonkusters

    January 18th at 9:22am
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    #image_by_image
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    Dear Ivan,
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    We need life curators to survive. We trust them to pre-process that part for us from raw data to information to meaning, so we can spend less energy having to do it ourselves. And vice versa, we fulfil this role in certain ways for others, too. It’s a simple and effective survival system which saves time and energy, and scales well. We give our trust to others because we need to, and we will do so time and again, because it works.
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    Life is indeed a dream. Only once in a while we get the chance to stand in our treetop, push that fig leaf aside and have a clear view of our true context and reality. All other times, we’re wading through the molasses of reality itself, with never a full sense of the complete context surrounding us. But then again, it would be impossible to be fully aware all the time. It would be intolerable, impossible to process. We’d be stifled by the thought of every possible catastrophic butterfly effect we’d set in motion. We’d be essentially rendered still, immobilised and impossible to move, for fear of future history.
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    So our mind unfreezes us by turning a blind eye to realities that we know are there, but that take up too much processing time to continually keep on our foreground. We learn to guesstimate the boundaries within which we wade, and our awareness of overlapping contexts, our ability to think inside a different one and our willingness to do so, defines us.
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    We could conclude that we’re continually in a dream of sorts inside this reality. Like a kaleidoscope we apply our Personal Great Filter to everything we see. We force meaning onto reality with great ease, changing and colouring it along the way, shaping ourselves subconsciously over a lifetime, continually adding to or subtracting from the weight we carry, giving us wings or chaining us to the ground.
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    No reality will stand between us and what we want to see.
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    /// #image_by_image is an ongoing conversation between photographers @ivansigal and @antonkusters ///

    ezrapink

    1 month ago
    ✨✨✨

    jon.agostini

    1 month ago

    _rxinani

    1 month ago
    Grandiose.
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  • antonkusters

    January 5th at 11:39am

    #image_by_image
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    Dear Ivan,
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    I’ve often fallen victim to this moral anxiety as well, fruitlessly trying to be efficient and “organised”, with the myth being that one can be in control by doing so. It seems to be closely related to the recent adage of “being busy” that people use. I often catch myself feeling that same anxiety whenever I can’t display a kind of “busy-ness” I see others displaying.
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    But “being busy” isn’t a statement of an actual reality, rather a wish to be perceived a certain way. It is unfortunately a most meaningless statement, at best masking other things, basically trying to avoid social disproval.
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    Again that “wish to be perceived in a certain way”, made clear by our hopeful actions to achieve status within the group, historically literally the group of people physically around us, now effectively a worldwide group of billions on social media. Yet it seems that our continuous and superfluous attempts at constructing a reality around ourselves haven’t evolved in the same way as the complexity and magnitude of the context we’re communicating in.
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    The same problem existed in The Great War of 1914-1918: the (then) new weapons of destruction introduced a new previously unimaginable scale and way of killing, and we simply did not know how to cope. Our strategies and tactics were ancient by comparison, reminiscent of the ways we used to wage war long before that. They hadn’t evolved in the same way. I found it very interesting to learn that this massive discrepancy between weapons and tactics is one of the principle reasons for the death toll in World War I.
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    We refuse to accept that we actually have no clue what we’re doing. Maybe wisdom is just that: not knowledge by itself, not that elusive Homo Universalis last embodied by Michelangelo, but the understanding that we are extremely limited in our knowing. Wisdom might be a sensitivity of understanding not things, but the why of things.
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    I’m having coffee and staring at the tablecloth pattern before me.
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    /// #image_by_image is an ongoing conversation between photographers @ivansigal and @antonkusters ///

    paul.skinner.creative

    1 month ago
    cool

    blitos

    2 months ago
    Fotón :)
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  • antonkusters

    January 5th at 6:53am

    The winds piercing our clothes #ww1 #tynecot #cemetery #memorial

    akakyakakyevich

    2 months ago
    Beautiful pic, Anton. I have a granduncle in one of those military cemeteries in Belgium.

    bobowenphoto

    2 months ago
    Poignant location and atmospheric shot @antonkusters
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