Market Town : Heidi & Ed : The fight for our children
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18-06-12, 06:24 PM
J A Mortram
Join Date: Apr 2011
Abers, the best answer to your views may come from a post just left on my Facebook page by one member of the family in the above story.
"I'm getting tons of feedback (positive) from that article you wrote, brilliant! ... "
Maybe you view the people that appear in the stories I work on as afflicted, bewildered and delinquent, I however see them as fellow human beings.
The above story for example focusses on how skewered the Social Services can be in their handling of cases. All my stories have a core issue to address. The images are not about me, they are about the people within them.
RE McCullin, I'm not a fan of his early work in any way. Had you mentioned Eugene Richards or Brenda Ann Kenneally then we'd be able to have a conversation about photography.
More often than not, now, I have people requesting I shoot their story. Unlike others I do not PAY for the opportunity to shoot, I shoot long form and have a huge amount of trust with all the people I work with.
I also sacrifice everything to do this... and that is my pleasure.
Lastly, what do the people in the photos derive from the experience?... certainly, in every case an idea of what it is to have someone listen, take notice, not judge nor stereotype their situation and circumstances. Such crass judgements are something that happen too frequently in our world these days.
Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling.
If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.
Don McCullin : Nuff said!
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