Category: Picbod

How it all looks…

Final look

This is all of my final pieces for the hand in, as well as how I want it to look like in the exhibtion. We have the 3 prints at the top, which are the best three from the whole series, and underneath I have 5 QR codes linking to each interview (this way each individual can listen to each interview by themselves without missing out on any important details.)

Finally underneeth, I will have my book resting on a plimpth. In this image, I have it on a chair to ressemble what it would look like, but in the real exhibition I am planning on having a white plimph in that it will rest on.

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How it fits in + Evaluation

So how does my work fit in with the current work out there, and who is the audience that I am putting my work to? Has it been carefully considered, or has it been randomly put together with no thought at all?

Firstly, I would think that my work is different from the other work that surrounds the homeless in the photographic community. The majority of people will focus on portraiture to represent them, and whilst I do understand why it is popular, it doesn’t work with what I want to do with my work.

My work is based on the identity of the homeless and the relationship they have with not only themselves, but with everyone else as well. Within my images, I am trying to address the fact there is more to their identity then being homeless. Their whole identity is complex in which homelessness is part of it, yet they have other identities for us to remember as well.

In my work, I have addressed these other identities through the memories they have told me when I have had a one to one conversation with them and treating them like anyone else. And from what I am told, I have gone out to recreate some of the key moments as a way of putting an image to what is being said, so that we can understand it all a little bit better.

It would be naïve for me as a photographer to say that the images can give them back their identity. There is only so much the images can do to evoke a reaction; we have to speak to the individuals, open our minds etc. This project is a tool in order to show that there is more than what meets the eye to each person, and that in the future we could be like that. We have to remember the identities that we all have and why they are so important to us.
What is interesting to note though is that everyone is going through a transitional stage: home to homeless, homeless to a future, or to hope for the future. All part from the second Gary (the one that used heroin). He isn’t homeless at the minute, but rather he has found his home as he has accepted his life and isn’t doing much to change it at the minute.

So who is my audience too then? I would say that the audience is anyone who walks the homeless and judges them for what they are doing, as I want this project to make them stop and think for a moment so that they can reconsider. At the same time, I also want this project to be something that the homeless can see somewhere and remember who they are exactly and to not loose that part of them at all.

I think each image has been carefully considered and made in a way that doesn’t give a negative connotation of the past identity, but rather links into the positive of themselves and the possible future as well. Like I stated at the beginning of the project, I wanted to move away from all the negative connotations homelessness is given through imagery, and wanted to produce something more positive.
To some, they may see the images negative regardless, but I think in combination with the text that I would provide as well as the audio, they would begin to see that each image has a silver lining to it in showing the good side of life.

However, there are a few things that, if given more time, I would like to further on with. Firstly, I would like to speak to a bigger range of people. As part of my interviews I went to a Soup Kitchen that is held every Monday night, and it was a change to speak and see how everyone interacted with each other. I think there is potential there to look more into nights and talking to each individual there to get their story, and look at the identity they have.

And I think as well as being a photography project, it has the chance of being produced in a video format as well in a documentary style almost. Social media tends to show the negative side of homelessness, and while photographers do try to bring it out in a more positive light, there is a lot more work to be done to rise up this issue.

Presentation Method

So for my presentation method, I have decided that I want to show my work in 3 different manners.

The first part would be to have 3 prints up on the wall with two landscapes and 1 portrait. The reasoning for this is that I want to show off some stills that resemble the positives from across the board including dreams, hopes and past lives.

The thing with having these three images is that on their own they wouldn’t mean much at all hence you would have to read the book that accompanies it to understand how it fits in with the puzzle.

I have also made a photobook as a way of noting down the memories. Just like a photo album is used to store family memories etc. I am using the book as a way of storing the identities down onto paper to show that they have existed for each person.

Having learnt from my previous attempt with Paul, what I plan to do is just have the images going in one line throughout the book (they will be compiled together relating to the person) with a text piece at the end explaining who the person is and what their story is.

Each picture has been carefully considered as to how it has been laid out. One of the problems I had was that for certain images, portrait was the preferred way of shooting. However when placing this into a book, I had the choice of putting them in landscape (meaning you would have to turn the book) or crop them down to fit as a portrait. Not wanting to have the viewer turn the page, I decided to crop the portraits so they would fit in. I think if I was given much more time I would try and take each image the same, however I have made the most of it.

Additionally, I want to talk about the last image in the book as well. Throughout the book you cannot see a single face or you are presented with objects; the last image is in complete contrast as it shows 3 people looking at the camera. The reasoning for this is that I want to show that Dan, the main subject, has actually re-found his identity and is now part of our society again. He has worked hard to be were he is with the help of friends and his own determination, so he deserves to have this portrait as it works for his story.
And I hear you asking, how can you get the story down perfectly when there might be other things to include as well? I have thought this out, and I have realized that the audio pieces are as equally important for this project as the images are. With the audio we hear the emotion that is missed in the images, but we begin to compile up the story as we look as well.
My plan would be to have different ER codes up on the wall linking to each persons interview; I want this because if I was to have a laptop playing the interviews one at a time, someone might come in half way and miss something important. SO by having an ER code to the audio, you can scan it in and listen from the beginning so that you don’t miss anything out.

My mock up of how things should look:

Presentation plan

Shoot for Dan

Jobs + Flat:

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One of the things Dan wants to do in his life is find a little bit of stability so that he can put his life back on track one step at a time. Currently, he is trying to find a job so that he can go and buy a flat for him to live in.

For my image, I got the local newspaper and opened it up to the classifieds page to show that he is currently looking for a job at the minute.

Mum:

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When he was in trouble and was facing the prospect of jail, his brother found out and told his mum, which led her to calling him to basically get the truth with happened. But it was also to make sure that he was ok, as all mothers do.
SO for my image, I kept it simple by doing a close up of a phone with just the contact Mum showing up on the screen to symbolise the contact going on between the two.

Friends:

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One of the things that Dan is grateful for is the friends that he has made ever since he has begun to get himself clean. He has said that they have done so much for him, and he is striving to be like them in the future as they were such an inspiration in helping him get back up on his feet.
SO for this image, it was completely different from the rest of the images as I included a portrait of Dan with the two people closest to him. The reasoning for this was that Dan has finally found his identity after all his hard work, and his new image with his friends is part of it.

Shoot for Louise

Weather:

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Ever since she has been young, Louise has had an interest in the weather, to the point where she would like to go to university to study the weather in particular tornadoes as they have a strong interest over her.

In my image, I created an image in which we have someone’s back to the camera whilst they watch the tv, which has the weather channel showing (but blurred.)

Buddhism:

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One of the things she has taken up in her life is Buddhism due to how it is such a peaceful religion (to her) in which it allows her to understand life a little bit better, and keeps her calm in the more stressful moments in her life.

For my image, I created it to someone meditating in the middle of the street, to represent how Buddhists go about to put themselves into a calmer state of mind.

Travel Agent:

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One of the things she would like to do if she has the time is go around the world and travel. Not only would she like to go to America to visit the weather institutions sites, but also to where Buddhism is practiced as she would like to meet those who practice it all the time.

For my image, I made it simple by going up to a random travel agent shop and taking an image from the front which included flight prices and other deals as well in the window.

Shoot for John

Married:

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John was married happily before the business that he was in with his business was collapsed due to the recession. From that moment onwards, everything went downhill, in which his marriage collapsed to where he got divorced. However he still maintains contact with his ex wife and daughter.
For this image, I made it very simple yet effective by showing a wedding ring around a bit of string being held in a hand. This was to symbolise the fact that he isn’t unhappy with what happened and still treasures those memories.

The Church:

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The Church was a place that helped Dan to find places to sleep and eat, in which if he didn’t have this, he wouldn’t have known what to do when he was eventually homeless. So he is thankful for the help they gave to him when it was needed.

For this image, I positioned myself low down so it looked like I was sitting on the ground, and to the left I had a church and straight ahead was a path leading to wherever. This was to show that the Church was there for him and could give him a way, where the other could have led to anywhere.

Teach English – Bangkok, Dehli:

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When he was younger, John travelled to Indonesia to teach English in which he said it was one of the greatest experiences he has ever had and would wish to do it again at some point just so he could experience the different people and land.
In my image, I created a scene in which we have someone on the ground reading a travel brochure on Indonesia, highlighting the interest of wanting to go back there again.

Travelling:

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Not only does he want to go back to Indonesia, but John also at some point would like to travel the world more as there is so much on offer there, and it would be a dream of his to experience some more of the world. But only when there would be a bit more stability in his life.

SO for my image, I had someone wearing a travel backpack leaving an alleyway towards the middle of the street showing that he is on his way to go travelling.

Job application – Landscaper:

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When he was with his wife, John not only owned a carpeting business but also did some labouring jobs as well. He said he is currently looking for jobs, even though it is hard with no fixed address or bank, but ideally he would like a job in landscaping at some point.

For my image, I used depth of field to my add vantage here by having a low shot of someone filling in a job form, with only the words “landscaping” in focus for the viewer.

NHS:

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Finally, John spoke nothing of praise for the NHS in helping him with his depression and battle with drink after everything went wrong. That was one of the lowest points in his life, yet they were able to help him turn it all around to where he hasn’t touched any alcohol since.
So for my image, I kept it very simple to where I found a building that said it was a healthcare surgery and made a simple portrait shot of it.