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 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.