Archive for September, 2014

We people are consumers, from the space we take from nature, too building on these spaces for survival. Over time we have created societies, through each era society has grown, mainly thanks to consumerism. All this came to me as i was looking at a contact sheet of the images i shot, from some street photography i shot last weekend. I realized that it wasn’t just the people in my images that really fascinated me, but the image as a whole. As i was looking through my contacts, i thought, if these buildings where not here then neither would these coffee, food and clothes shops. We people are always a sucker for something new, and with technology getting more advanced, we are always after the latest gadget that can bring some change to our life’s. If these shops that contains these materialistic possessions where not here, then there would not be as many people, for these places/cities/towns form societies and because of the consumers that we are society has grown. But over these past few years society has now changed, mainly due to immigration which is now made society bigger than ever. This has now resulted as a  mixed cultural society, especially in Leicester which is filled with many diverse cultures. To me this is just the changing times, some people find it hard to accept, but this is how it is. I for one embrace multiculturalism, for a photographer it makes great documentation.

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Pain and Passion

Posted: September 13, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Another project of mine that i wanted to share.

As i was sitting in a coffee shop on a sunny morning in Leicester i was looking through the British Journal of Photography, a magazine that has many insightful stories of photographers from round the world, stories that i would call food for thought. However there was one article that captured my focus, mainly due to the fact it helped me to reflect on my way of life as a photographer  and a blogger in the UK. This article was about Bahrain, an island that is near the western shores of the Persian gulf. However this article i am writing is not about the geography of this place, this article is about how there are many photographers and reporters that are being detained and tortured. If any of these reporters are caught talking about Bahrain government in a negative way they are being taken away and sentenced to years in prison. If this is true then this is violating what i call ‘freedom of expression’. As a citizen of the UK, there are many things i love about this country, the countryside is one of them along with British pop music (David Bowie). However there is one thing that  i do love more than most things, and that is the ‘Freedom of Speech’, for it is a part of democracy and being able to have our say is important along with being able to vote.

If my government turned round to me and said you cannot say that, so we are going to arrest you and send you down for 25 years for speaking your mind, then i would expect people to respond with protests. You take away someones freedom of expression there is nothing left but anger, this anger can turn physical and bloody and before you know it the innocents get hurt.

This is an open discussion, what are your thoughts on governments that try to stop people from having there say?

Dorothea Lange

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Dorothea Lange is an important icon in the photography world, she is very influential to the world of documentary, during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, she captured some of the most iconographic photos of that era.

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I would describe many of lange’s photographs of the depression are honest and humane, just looking at the woman above by looking at her eyes life is tough, her thin figure is most likely down to the harsh times. She traveled 35 miles each way to pick peas, and for five hours work would only make $2.25 and that is with children to feed as well.

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Every time i look at Lange’s portraits i am drawn to the eyes of the poor, looking at these children’s eyes shows the struggles of these times, instead of children laughing and playing these children have a look of boredom and hopelessness.

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I would say her most powerful images are the ones with the mothers and there children, survival and nurturing was not easy at that time, Her photographs were a voice for the poor that where struggling. The image above called ‘Migrant Mother’ always reminds me of the importance of a mothers love and the struggles she would go through for the survival of her children.

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Family Love

Posted: September 10, 2014 in Uncategorized
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The other day as i was going through the dusty cupboards i came across a book, a story book of photographs from the past, a partial book of my family history, the Photo album.

The family album to me is the one book that is a must have in any family household, it represents who we are and shows our identity and place in this world of where we come from.

 

The photos are full of different stories with interesting context, with furnishings in the background that gives away the era it was taken (and even the dodgy hairstyles). It is the best way of learning to read an image.

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Looking through the old album can bring cheer and sadness, cheer to see those cheesy smiles and the sadness of hard times   around that time of the photograph was taken.

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I would say the consolation of looking at the family album is self reflection and seeing how far the family in your book has come, even if you think it has not it can always make you think differently about life and  how you want to achieve your goals.

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I would say that with brothers and sisters there is always love and war between them, love of respect but not war of hate, for the love and war is the same thing and it is those two things that bind them. (It’s funny how philosophical thoughts come into mind when reflecting).

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So on a final note, the family album is our legacy and can help show our future siblings where we come from, it’s alright putting photos on to a computer, but putting them into a book shows love for the family. 

 

 

Gary Winogrand

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Gary Winogrand is considered one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, his most renowned works where taken during the 1950’s to the early 80’s . What you have to know about Winogrand is that he preferred taking pictures rather than developing them, making photo books and doing exhibitions apparently did not bother him.

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Whenever i look at the photo above shot in 1955, i feel like i am there rubbing shoulders with the couple wondering what he told her to make her laugh hysterically. You can see that she is infatuated with him by her eye contact, and it appears they are at a dance, what gives this away for me is the positioning of the hands in the foreground and the couple in the background with the mans hand clasped around the womans.

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If you look at many of Winogrands street photographs he loved photographing women that he found beautiful, The image above shot in 1965 is one of his street examples. He was never afraid to point and shoot at any subject in the street, you can see that he had to be quick which shows a sudden passing moment. Out of his many photographs of beautiful women in the streets There is one photograph that is his most famous in my opinion, that caused a lot of controversy for its time shown below.

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I would say there are many readings into this photograph, if you glanced at this image quickly you probably would not notice anything wrong with this scene. As you can see instead of children the couple are holding chimps In children s clothing. Seeing the chimp clinging onto the woman as a baby would gives it’s controversy right there. Some have also wondered if it is a comment on biracial couples, but whatever peoples views and opinions it’s all about how they  read the image based on it’s context within the frame.