For exhibiting the final images I was thinking of making a frame out of newspapers. I choose this way for an exhibition mainly because of the theme/idea. Through my research that in many stories, movies the spirits are showing their presence through writing and this is not available only for spirits, writing itself is a sign of human presence. So, as I choose to represent through my final photograph, the spirit/soul of the living, I thought that a frame made out of newspapers will support the idea/message. Each frame is different, just like the images, their color and their size, because as I already said, I want to represent the spirit of the living and each person/soul is different in their own way/unique. Also, I would want the photos exhibited on a white wall, at a distance of half a meter from each other as each one of them is different and unique.
John has been living in the same place for the past nine years. Everyday during the day he stays near Tesco and his “home” is across the street. He sleeps on the stairs of an abandoned building. Everyone knows him, he is always there in the same place, but now for the past two days, he wasn’t there anymore. First, I thought that maybe he went somewhere else and he will be back in the next hour, but every time I went back to look for him, he still wasn’t there. To be honest, I got worried a little, because knowing that everyday he is there, all day, I thought that something must have happened to him. Then, yesterday evening I saw him there, again – he was in the hospital, he got beaten by some guys. So I asked him if he’s been to the police, but he said that he didn’t, that he never does. I asked him: “What do you mean by you never do?” and the he said: ” It happened to me before and I didn’t talked to the police. They set me on fire. (he showed me the scars). There were a couple of drunk guys. It’s because I’m homeless. ”
As I decided to represent him through this series of four photographs, I knew exactly how my photographs were going to be. I wanted to take three portraits of him, at three different times of the day, to show that he is there, in the same place, everyday from morning, until night and I also decided that I will use the natural light to show this, because it was the best way – the light in the morning differs a lot from the light in the afternoon and from the light in the evening, most of the time you can tell the difference, so I thought that I would use the light in such way to support my idea. I took one photo in the morning at 9 am, because that’s when he usually gets there, from his right side, so I would be able to catch the morning light too. I took the next photo one hour later, which is a portrait of him, of what he looks like, hiding his eyes behind that beanie hat, as always. The last portrait of him was taken at 7 pm, from his left side, in order to catch the evening light and I took the photo at 7 pm, because that’s when he usually leaves. Also, I have choose to take the third photo when it was cloudy, to show that even though it starts with a sunny day, at the end of the day nothing has changed and he goes back to his “bedroom”. The last photo is the portrait of his “object”, his “bedroom”, the only thing that he has, the place where he sleeps and where he keeps his few clothes and a blanket. I choose to have this light beam in the final photo, in order to tell the viewer that this image is an image of his bedroom and I wanted to portray it just as a real one in which the lights are turned off and the door is slightly opened, so that a small amount of light would go in.
Another photographer that is shocking us with his photographs that are revealing the human face of addiction, the hardship of the homelessness and literally the real face of poverty.
His photographs are extremely shocking – from showing the eyes of a person that not only doesn’t have a roof over his head, but can’t live without drugs of alcohol, to showing the desperate eyes of someone that is starving, cold, lonely and can’t take it anymore.
Not only the faces of these people that are making these photos so dramatic, but the fact that the photographer choose to take the portraits black and white makes it more than dramatic and is shocking the viewer, leaving a mark. Also, nothing could tell more about a person than their eyes and their faces etched with deep lines and the details in these photographs, couldn’t tell the story better.
While thinking and documenting myself about how I am going to create this representation in four images, I came across David Hoffman’s work, documenting the life of the homeless.
He, as a photographer, is focusing more on the social issues and on how the decisions of the government are affecting our lives.
His project, Homeless, is about these people doing their best to survive on the streets of London where support services and hostel rooms have been destroyed by successive governments more interested in posturing than caring.
I found it really interesting and kind of shocking, because when we’re outside, walking and pass by them, we see them there, but we don’t actually see them struggling to survive, we just see another man asking for money, but the question “What happened with them that they ended up this way? ” never pops up.
Through this project, David Hoffman, managed to show us what most of us don’t notice and will never notice.
For this task we have to create a photographic portrait series to represent one person in four images, so I decided that I will photograph John, a homeless guy, that for the past nine years has been living in the same place. I choose to represent him through this series of photographs, because he didn’t had a easy life, you can see it in his eyes, just by looking at his face, that he’s been through a lot – even if he would now be well-dressed and not living on the streets anymore you could tell from the first look.
For my final images I choose only three photos that I was really happy with, which I think that are supporting my point/ idea. Also, I decided to choose different sizes and colors for the final images, as I said that through my photographs I want to show the spirit/soul of the living and as they’re all unique I choose to make each image one of a kind.
For the Easter Homework we had to choose ten interesting uses of light in photography and explain why do we find them interesting and how the light is affecting our emotional response on the image. The images that I choose weren’t from famous photographers, I didn’t want to comment on famous photographs, because they’re already commented on, you already know what the message is and why the photographer choose to create the image the way he created it. I choose images that I’ve found on different websites, images not so known, that amazed me and had, I can say, quite a big impact on my professional development. I find it really great that we had to choose ten photos and comment them, as I am well aware of the fact that I need to work and improve my critical thinking, which can be done only by exercising it.
Also, by having to make a presentation working collaboratively I can say I have improved my interpersonal skills, because by working in groups you have to collaborate with others, share ideas and you always learn something and more than just working by yourself. By having to do these presentations on photographers I can say I’ve broaden my knowledge and I have also found out about what skills I need to improve and how to make a better presentation in the future.
I haven’t been on the class trip to London, this module, to see the exhibition, but I am going to write about an exhibition that I’ve been at and that I really enjoyed in terms of everything. The exhibition was about Jacques Henri Lartigue series called Bibi, which focuses on photographs that represent the story of Lartigue’s marriage to Madeleine Message, known as Bibi, his first wife and the mother of his only child.I really enjoyed it because of the way it was exhibited and because of the amazing photographs that are telling the viewer Lartigue’s story. The story begins from the very first step that you take in that room. It starts with a short introduction to his life and who he is and then the photos are becoming the narrator. The photographs are exhibited in there columns of three and two rows and after every three columns there is only one photo that I think is representing a certain moment that is changing something in their lives. Also, some of the photographs are shown together with quotes and some are not which makes it really interesting because of the certain mystery either to the photographs accompanied by quotes or the one that are not, it all depends on the quotes.
Before coming to Coventry University, I wasn’t that familiar with all the technical skills and I have never worked in the studio before. I already knew that photography is all about light and how to use the natural light in order to get what I want in my images, but didn’t had the technical skills. Since the first day at this module I feel like I have learned so many things, in terms of critical thinking, pre-visualization, collaborative work and especially in terms of lighting skills. Because of the workshops and the lighting tasks where we had to reproduce the light from certain images, I can definitely say that now I know how to properly use the studio light. Also, by having to use google docs and having certain deadlines for every task I feel like I’ve been pushed to do the work in the given time and not to leave it on the last minute, because this was a bad habit of mine and now at the end of the module I know for sure that I’ve managed to get rid of it. Another thing is that all the workshops and the small tasks that we had, contributed massively in the evolution of the bigger projects and in the evolution of my skills, as I learned a lot from each one of them.
Now at the end of this module, I feel that I have learned a lot and got at the end of it with a massive set of improved and new skills.