Barry Talis

This month, 2 photos shared the first place for photo of the month, as voted by BME members. This is the second of the 2 photos, by Barry Talis.

Some words from Barry about the photo:

I finished a group meditation practice just before I went to shoot the Tel aviv parade. I was a bit concerned I would be a bit too sensitive for this kind of event after a long meditation session, but it actually helped me. I was much calmer and focused , and it helped me to be able to notice and isolate this moment in all the craziness around.


This month, 2 photos shared the first place for photo of the month, as voted by BME members. This is the first of the 2 photos, by Dimitris Makrygiannakis.

This is what Dimitris remembers about that photo:

This is a photo I discovered recently, looking into my archives. In October 2012, I spent 3 weeks in the city of Varanasi, India. Main purpose of my stay in Varanasi was a workshop I attended, by Magnum photographer Nikos Economopoulos. The day before this photo was taken, a major religious festival, Durga Puja, was taking place. I attended it with the hope of a good photo, but no luck. During the festival, statues of various gods made of plaster where carried around and celebrated. Next morning, I woke up to take one of my usual morning strolls along the Ganges river. With the first sight of the river I noticed something different. All those statues from the celebrations of the previous day were thrown in the river, plaster got dissolved in the water, and only the metal and straw based inside part of the statues remained. This looked like a corpse in my eyes, and the river was full of corpses. I knew then that I had a different element for my photos. Thank you Durga Puja……


Watching the watchers by Don Hudson

"Watching the watchers. This photograph was made on July 4th (Independence Day) 1978 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, not far from where my wife and I lived. It was a short time later that year when we moved to South Lyon, about 15 miles north, and where we have lived since. The tools, a Leica M2 and 35mm lens and Vivitar 283 strobe. No cell phones here recording the fireworks for sharing on social media. But 41 years later, thanks to some fool with a camera, their watching has wound up on the internet. The right place the wrong time...thank you Dr. John."

Don Hudson


Pau Buscato’s is Photo of the Month for May as voted from the majority of Burn My Eye members. We asked Pau what it all means and here’s what he wrote, obviously making perfect sense!

Luke 3:14 > Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?” He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
Matthew 3:15 > But Jesus, answering, said to him, "Allow it now, for this is the fitting way for us to fulfill all righteousness." Then he allowed him.
Austin 3:16 > to which Stone Cold replied, "You sit there and you thump your Bible, and you say your prayers, and it didn't get you anywhere! Talk about your Psalms 3:16... Austin 3:16 says I just kicked your ass!"

Pau 3:17 > Amen (click).



The photo was taken recently near one edge of the Yerba Buena Garden area in San Francisco. I had walked into it following my regular visit to the Museum of Modern Art across the street.  I was struck by the man meditating/resting within a hub of youth activity. I assume he had been involved in  the nearby convention center and the children had been involved in visiting one of the nearby museums. I enjoyed the contrasting styles of enjoying some lunch time relaxation.  Maybe  he is dreaming of his youth.

Jack Simon


Our photo of the month for March as voted by Burn My Eye members belongs to Dimitris Makrygiannakis. Here what Dimitris has to say about the making of this photograph.

”Every time a new year starts I feel the need to start the year with a good photo, it is kind of a very pleasant feeling when it happens. So this is from the 6th of January 2019. I don't know how the rest of the year will be, but I am happy it started that way.”


This is the first of the two photo of the month for January (we had a tie again between Justin Vogel and Diada) as voted by “Burn My Eye” members. As always we ask the photographer, in this case Justin, to treat us with the backstory of his photograph or a personal insight.

I took this photo at the one year anniversary of the Women's March in NYC. The previous year I had gone down to DC to protest Trump's inauguration but after a year of his hatred and narcissism I just didn't have it in me to make the trek again. I think I made the right choice because this rally was uplifting, energizing, and inspiring. I believe this photo captures the general consensus of the crowd: Fed up, and disgusted, but with a sense of humor.


This is our photo of the month for January as voted by “Burn My Eye” members. As always we ask the photographer, in this case Lukas Vasilikos, to reveal the backstory of their photograph or a personal insight.

“When I was invited to my friend’s wedding in the summer of 2017, the first thing that came into my mind was that it was a great opportunity to take some photos. The wedding took place at a small church and the party was held there, at the courtyard. The man in the photograph is in fact the groom, and the cross in the photo is actually a tomb outside the church. The photo is now part of the Uncanny project, which deals with the internal fear of loss and existence.” by Lukas Vasilikos


This is the second photograph that was voted as photo of the month for December by Burn My Eye members and is by Don Hudson. If you follow this thread you will probably remember that there was a tie between Don and Gustavo Minas whose image was featured last week. It’s an old photograph but Don unearthed it from his archives only recently.

“In the Summer of 1978 my wife and I moved to the small town of South Lyon, about 15 miles from Ann Arbor Michigan where we both worked. That Fall I noticed a lot of banners, window paintings, and other decorations supporting the local High School football team going up around town. Curious about the fervor suggested by the decorations, I went to the Friday night game. Liking what I experienced, I wound up shooting at my hometown games and at other games in towns around me for four seasons. My rig, a rangefinder camera with a wide angle and strobe, was not the typical sports photographer's set-up. And I wasn't interested in "documenting " the events as much as I was curious about photographing in such an atmosphere of heightened social energy and under weird (for me) lighting conditions. I became addicted to the quest to find pictures that transformed this experience. Recently, I have been revisiting these pictures made nearly 40 years ago, and this is one example made in 1980”.

By Don Hudson


In this month's vote for the best photograph we had a tie between Gustavo Minas and Don Hudson. Next week we will post the second winner.

I work as a journalist and social media editor in Brasilia from 2pm to 10pm. This shifts make it possible for me to go out everyday to shoot when light is better, any time from 4PM to 7PM, depending on the season of the year. It feels great to leave my job to do something I love, even if for a short break. This image was made in one of those free hours. For me, it's a lot about its negative space (that huge block of red), something that Saul Leiter mastered and I think it's very hard to do well. It's also about how a tiny detail (that cigarrette in hand), that's roughly 1% of the frame, can be so important for an image. And it's also about how beautiful a woman in red smoking a cigarrette can look, even when we can't see much of her.

By Gustavo Minas


There is nothing I enjoy more when I’m out shooting than small crowds of people where I can merge with them and pass virtually unnoticed even when I’m photographing very close and occasionally using handheld flash. I don’t use extreme wide lenses, and I don’t want to ridicule anyone by capturing them in an awkward moment. If that accidentally happens, I don’t show the picture. In such a busy environment, I find it very challenging to pack as many elements as possible into a tight frame without the image falling apart, even as the subject is constantly shifting. This photo was taken at a street party in Athens. Besides being an exercise in the above, it is also part of an ongoing series of mine called “Fair enough!” The man in the center, who has his arms above his head, is the anchor of the image and what triggered the shot. This is what I saw. The two men on the left are almost touching heads, and it appears as if one is whispering something to the other who in turn looks dumbstruck. This is what the camera saw.