Relationships

Entering someone’s life, conveying emotions is giving an extra dimension to a photography work. Most good reportages are conveying emotions through relationships.

I enjoyed enormously the Relationship assignment, a lot more than the previous ones on Person at work and the Moment.  Entering someone’s space  and exploring their world is very interesting for me. It is about connecting to a person, exploring humanity in a way, and feel how it is to live in a reality different from our own.

There is an old lady that dresses in rather colourful manner that often sits down on the brick hedge outside my flat. I often see her, eating some biscuits, completely unaware of the looks given to her from people passing by. Occasionally I have exchanged some words with her. I decided to introduce myself and what I am up to. Explained my Photography Assignment and finally asked her if  I could take pictures of her. She seemed very eager to introduce me to her grand-daughter and her daughter, both living with her as I would soon found out. This is really the preamble to one of the Relationship series, which describes the relationship that occurs among the three women.

Interestingly, during our tutorial Paul Sutherland mentioned that sometimes people can be very close but not necessarily physically referencing this closeness. This simple and yet so accurate concept took me back to the difficulty that I was having around this particular shoot. I found that mother and daughter did not convey their closeness until the daughter started to brush the hair and trim her mum eyebrow.  Till those moments I couldn’t “see” their closeness.

My  second chosen subject was an Elderly Irish Tea Dance meeting. I loved it. Nice atmosphere and people. Very inspiring and I would like to return to take some more pictures. The hall had very dim lights and I just could not work as well as I would have liked. Lots of movement, low lighting and a camera lens that is not the brightest did not give me many options but to concentrate in two brighter areas of the hall. Anyway, these are some of the results.

And for the third Assignment a friend of a friend of mine invited me to her home.  It was an interesting experience and one that surprised me in that I was taken aback by the simplicity and the spontaneity of the family involved and the lack of a structure so to speak in their daily life. For instance, I would soon realize that they would sit a lot on the floor in order to be closer to their disabled child. The mother would spend a lot of her time playing with him sitting on the floor, whilst friends being visiting and finally her husband arrived from work. In a way, the lack of enough space to move around the shooting it made me a bit uncomfortable as I felt imposing my presence with the camera. But I loved some of the moments of tenderness as well as joy within the family.

And for the third Assignment a friend of a friend of mine invited me to her home.  It was an interesting experience and one that surprised me in that I was taken aback by the simplicity and the spontaneity of the family involved and the lack of a structure so to speak in their daily life. For instance, I would soon realize that they would sit a lot on the floor in order to be closer to their disabled child. The mother would spend a lot of her time playing with him sitting on the floor, whilst friends being visiting and finally her husband arrived from work. In a way, the lack of enough space to move around the shooting it made me a bit uncomfortable as I felt imposing my presence with the camera. But I loved some of the moments of tenderness as well as joy within the family.

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