Multiple Dates from February – March
What were the aims of this activity?
The aims of the activity(s) was to shoot as many people, of all different ages, eye colours and levels at which I know them, as possible. I asked the majority (sometimes there were times when I didn’t get chance to ask as they were in a rush e.g if we were at an event together and I photographed after) to think of a memory, any memory they want, for me to photograph them, then I would ask them to think of a memory that was different/opposite/contrasted that memory. I wanted to observe the change in expression and if I really could see through to their soul! I photographed these people within either the context that I know them, or their own context. I used natural light.
What have I got from doing this?
I have learnt so much from photographing in this way. It has created an even greater depth within the way that I think about and perceive people. I have grown in my confidence in the way that I approach people and tell them about my project idea. I feel more established within what I am photographing, and am enjoying my project! Photographing so many different people has also shown me that some people show emotion more than others, and with some people, I was very effected by how they were feeling as it shined straight out of their eyes and directly through my lens into me. However with others it was more difficult to read what they were thinking. I found that with the people I know better, I had more of an idea of what they were thinking about, which affected me more as I know an extent of some of the experiences they’ve been through in life.
For me – being naturally expressive emotionally, I went into this project expecting every person to show and express emotion as I do, but it has been a great time of learning for me – to see things from different perspectives. I have grown in my compassion for people, through doing this.
Did I fulfil my aims?
I feel as though I definitely fulfilled my aims – I have overcome many worries I had before shooting: about asking different people, who I don’t know as well, if I can shoot them and capture something of them up close. I have accumulated many images that I feel are successful – technically and conceptually. I just want to work more on my context now. I want to work more with ‘relationships’ as the context as I think these images contained something specific – an undeniable chemistry between people that can be visible through the eyes and face.
Susannah & Sara
(the context being the friendship they share)
Nathan & Eleonora
(Their relationship as the context)
Audrey & John
(My mum) and I were experimenting using a magnifying glass to see her eyes up close!
Faye, Alyssa & Sam
(Mother, Daughter & Son)
Sophie & Victoria
(Mother & Daughter)
Emma, with Jayne & Debbie
(Emma as the main subject, Jayne & Debbie are 2 of the people who have supported her, been there for her, shown her a new way to live and a new faith in God)
I was feeling a strong emotion and wanted to photograph my eyes to see if the research I had done was evident within the photographs.
He’s 91 years old, but doesn’t look a day over 75!