Professional Practice

Attempting and refining new practices is incredibly important for planting the foundations on which to build my career in photography. From year one to my final year, I have grown, not just as a photographer, but I have grown politically and my intelligence has evolved.

As I’ve grown I have become more displaced in terms of my political viewpoint. Things these days seem more and more confusing, as though I don’t belong on the left/right spectrum. I want to capture my displacement. I believe absolutely that our environment and wildlife is endangered. I believe that human beings should be seen as equals, that the colour of your skin, the God you worship or your sexualiy should not devalue you as a person.  However, I do not submit to the social justice movement. I believe feminism is outdated, Black Lives Matter is a ridiculous, immature and racist group. I believe that the government doesn’t owe anybody anything, I believe that we should all take responsibility for our own failures and successes, I believe that we all have the same opportunities and most of all, I do not believe that we live in a society that favours a particular gender and race. I believe that male white privilege is a disgusting lie. I find it absurd that certain communities raise their children to believe that they are destined to fail because their skin colour is different to my own. Of course those people are going to fail if nobody believes in them.

So, this is my project. I will create a fine art project that signifies these beliefs and exhibit them on a line, left to right. These images will be made up of multiple different images, photoshopped together to make a single image. An example of this is the photograph below.

War on Hunger

Short Evaluation

Through my work based learning I have developed quite a few new skills. I worked in a professional studio with a professional photographer, learning how to shoot products for a magazine. I also learned valuable skills in terms of shooting on location and for events. Working with the farm really helped me with skills in terms of narative, telling a story through a series of images can be really important. Through the whole process I have learned a lot. I clocked just over 120 hours of work time, which included editing, shooting and assisting shoots. I want to personally thank the guys at the sanctuary and Sean at Pro-Photo.

How has social media created and affected social stigma against photographing children in public?

Merseyside, 1975. Photographer Paul Trevor was patrolling the streets of Granby and Everton, photographing life and recording the mishaps of the children that resided there. A series of beautiful photographs shot on black and white film where produced and stored away for almost forty years. In 2010, a dusty box was found full of old negatives and prints. Beautiful photographs of Liverpool in the mid-seventies were uncovered, and thus began the campaign to find the children in the photographs.

I feel that this particular project is a fantastic example of how we have de-evolutionised as a society. It’s no secret that photographs age like a fine wine or whiskey, but the photographs themselves aren’t the problem. It’s taking the photographs without feeling like you have made someone a victim. Paedophile, sex offender, scumbag. These are just a few of the derogatory labels innocent photographers have had placed upon them since the social media boom. I aim to find out why, and what it was that caused this. Things have changed for photography and I feel that it is hurting the industry.

I have recently been in contact with Photographer Paul Trevor, we have emailed each other and Paul has kindly agreed to be interviewed for my dissertation research. I wish to find out what he feels has changed in terms of the social stigmas that threaten street photography. I will compile a series of well thought open questions, in order to gain what I need. I will also conduct an experiment to find out if the stigma against photographing children, specifically affects gender roles in the industry. I will also cover these aspects in a series of ‘Vox Pops’ to add to my primary research.

Using my primary research, I shall compile my evidence and arrange it into graphs and charts, where I can properly analyse the information and form a hypothesis, which will then either be proved or disproved, by using secondary research and secondary experiments.

The aim of my dissertation is to find what caused the social stigmas against photographing children. What made it such a sensitive subject? There is proof in Paul Trevor’s work, it proves how children are a beautiful and innocent subject matter to photograph. Capturing life where, as humans, we are at our most peaceful point in our lives. No problems, no stress, just serenity. I feel it is important to capture these moments and I feel that is important to abolish this humiliation that we have created as a society. We are photographers, it is our jobs to capture moments and create memories.

Evaluation

I understand that my FMP isn’t the best, but I have unfortunately been battling my own demons. However, I have fallen completely in love with photography again and it’s thanks to this project. I created a piece of work that really matters to me. And that for me is what saved me. Next year I have a new attitude and a new found passion. And I can’t wait to start.