Argentinian, Brooklyn-based photographer Julio Grinblatt wouldn’t be the first to capture the classic ‘blow out your candles and make a wish’ moment so universal to us all. That’s just it—there is almost always someone to snap this shot, this ritualistic moment of passing from one age to the next. Grinblatt understands this in his series People Facing their Birthday Cakes, and it’s that ritual and the understood presence of the camera that he is interested in. Grinblatt once said about his work, “I have always been interested in moments of transition, of becoming.” Shot with a quarter-second exposure and a wide open lens, Grinblatt focuses on the candles, allowing for his subjects to fall into the darkness behind, lit only by the hope of what’s to come.
Work from Grinblatt’s ongoing project Cielito Lindo is currently on view at Minus Space in Brooklyn through August 3rd, 2013.
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