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.
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.
Here is a brief list of all the jobs that I did with the two companies, I also did some work for Blackburn College previously to these which I will prove with photographs in another post.
I started a small project about where I grew up, I started taking photographs of the people in my town. I created a small series of contrasty, black and white images. During my time doing this, a man playing a cordian asked me to take his picture. So I did. After a while I got talking to him and apparently he was one of the few refugees that was allowed to come into the UK. He told me about his home being bombed and his neighbors being killed by rebels and terrorists. He also told me about the response he got from the UK and from France where he was before migrating here with his family. He would be beaten, called a terrorist and he was treated like dirt.
His story struck a nerve with me, I am someone who rarely takes notice of the world around me, often because it’s too painful to whitness. However, this mans story changed my views completely. I took his portrait and I feel that it doesn’t need anything doing to it. He and his family are fine, just the way they are.