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.

Whilst going through my old film camera photos i could not help but admire the look of film, it has a quality and look that digital cannot replicate.

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Sometimes whenever i go through discussion forums on the net, some people assume that film is dead ? in my opinion that is just not true, just because the digital camera is global and has made photography more accessible, does not mean that an old skill has died out.

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The film camera to me is a symbol of history in the photography world, it is completely different to a digital camera. The film camera is a magical experience especially if you have a dark room, Looking at the roll of developed film to Seeing the image appear on the photographic paper in the developer, is a very rewarding experience.( A feeling of satisfaction that you cannot get with digital). It is not just about developing the images that i enjoyed, but having to think more before i shoot betters my  composition. So overall Your ideas  and perspective can change and it can make you a more thought provoking photographer.

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To say that film is dead is an insult to the greats of film photography, Cartier Bresson one of the greats of street photography, changed photography by establishing photography as an art form, and he referred to his Leica camera as “master of the instant”.

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We now live in an age where we need digital and film, instant digital photography is important, especially for photojournalism. With mass media camera phones we connect our images with people in seconds and stay in touch more than ever. To respect photography you have to respect the past of photography and to shoot film whenever you get the chance, it is an image making experience that you will not get with digital, so go on people go out and buy a film camera you wont regret it.

All stories are about battles, of one kind or another, which end in victory and defeat. Everything moves towards the end, when the outcome will be known” (John Berger)

Above is one of my favorite quotes, the reason why i like this particular quote is because i can relate to it. Because that is how i see life, everyday we live life and that becomes a story, which explains our experience and what we know of the world. We are the narrators that keeps life’s stories in motion, our speaking and writing skills allow us to teach one another weather good or bad, that is human nature and it is our senses that help us experience life.

Out of the five senses, sight is the most important form of communication for me ( OK and touch) because without sight my photography would cease to exist. If i am going to talk about narrative and my photography, i need to explain the narrative that surrounds my work. So, For me to say that my photographs have narrative it is not true, the only narrative that exists surrounding my work comes from the viewer admiring my work. This is why i don’t always title my work,  its not just about me but how my work communicates to people. 

Sometimes a photograph can unlock a memory in a person, or it is something they can enjoy just based on the visual aesthetics. but the photograph is a visual language that can be personal which can make the image more beautiful,