Written by Anne Silver
"Light precedes every transition. Whether at the end of a tunnel, through a crack in the door, or the flash of an idea, it is always there, heralding a new beginning."
In his final post, PRYME Editions founder, Michael Behlen, bid good bye to all of you, our cherished readers, heralding a new era of PRYME. As the new owner/publisher/editor, I would like to extend a huge thank you to Michael for all of his hard work, his dedication, the countless hours he spent on his computer, his genuine kindness, and his commitment to helping this community grow. Michael worked tirelessly to create a space dedicated to the art of instant photography, and I am immensely grateful to him. He will continue to manage the publication of the PRYME Editions Journal, which you generously supported through our Kickstarter campaign, and he will see it to its fruition. Michael will continue to provide all of our backers with updates as things move forward with that project.
PRYME Editions will retain its place as the only magazine focused exclusively on instant photography,. It will remain a place for those of us who are passionate for this medium to seek inspiration, to support other artists, to discover new and interesting ways of working and seeing. As the new owner/publisher/editor, I intend to focus on the exquisite, inimitable art that is being made with instant films.
Transitions are always a process. Nothing happens overnight. It takes patience and hard work. We are transitioning to a new year, and with it, a new way of looking at our lives. This is a time for reflection and re-evaluation. We decide what to keep and what to discard. I am not big on making New Year's resolutions, but I am big on the concepts of intention and attention. The intentions we set, the things we give our attention to, not just at the beginning of a new year, but all the time... that is what opens doors in our lives, creating opportunity and space for new things to enter. My intention is that PRYME will continue to grow and to mature as a serious, fine-art photography publication.
Before concentrating on my art and writing as a full-time endeavor, I worked for nearly two decades as a psychotherapist. This is my background, and although I no longer see patients, my training and experience influences everything I do. A big part of my psychotherapy practice involved using art as a medium for self-awareness, for self-expression, for emotional growth, and for healing. As Kamand Kojouri says, “Art doesn’t give rise to anything in us that isn’t already there. It simply stirs our curious consciousness and sparks a fire that illuminates who we have always wanted to be.” Even art that is very personal to the artist who created it can have an impact on everyone who views it. Good art stirs the emotions, awakens something inside of us, and touches us in the most sensitive parts of our being, leaving us breathless. It may not always be comfortable for the audience, but art is not about comfort. It is an invitation to feel. My background and my philosophy will inevitably influence my curatorial decisions and the types of images presented in future magazines. Art that conveys something deep, that goes beyond being just a pretty picture is where the focus will be. PRYME Editions will be concerned with featuring "work that matters," so elegantly described by Ted Forbes in his video series "The Art of Photography." You can also expect sumptuous, evocative, poignant writing to support the images being presented.
So, in celebrating the new year, in celebrating the transitions that are taking place, I welcome you all to the next era of PRYME Editions. Thanks to all of you for your loyalty, for your support, and especially, for your artistic contributions. Without you, this publication simply would not exist. I raise a glass to you and to new beginnings.