The visits to subdivided flats and cubicles bring in a few hundred pictures and after edition end up in 5 groups of photos, they are used to be discussed in the 1-1 tutorial, but owing to connection problem, probably on the tutor’s end because of her being in Dubai visiting her ailing mother. The 7 emails on 1. double deck cubicle (outside), 2. double deck cubicle (inside), 3. double deck bunker, 4. triple deck bunker, 5. caged dwellers, 6. kitchens of subdivided flats, 7. chaotic wiring and pipeline of subdivided flat were instead emailed to a classmate which was received with good response and feedback
What a wonderful set of photographs. Thank you for letting me see them. I very much admire what you are doing, and especially as it’s such a dramatic shift from your bird photography. There is such a lot of work here and I very much like your style of photography.
I looked at your sets in the order below (ie in the order you emailed them). I am interested to know how you see them being presented – will they stay in these sets, or not? They could be chapters? (I am going to use chapters). Have you seen the latest guest lecture by Vikki Forrest?
She talks about the ‘photo essay’ where a story is told through photographic sentences and paragraphs. I think this could work for you.
Anyway, these are just my initial thoughts. The questions I have asked are rhetorical – just for you to ponder over.
Double decker cubicle – outside
What is the cubicle? Is it an abandoned bus? Who transformed it?
Normality seen within:
Religious symbols, plant, fire extinguisher, ‘childish’ art work . Who put them there, where they there before the cubicle was used by the homeless?
I really like the ones that show part of the person (eg the legs), empty shoes – I want to know more about these people.
Objects that say something about the situation:
Shoes on the floor
Clothes hung over some sort of partition
The way curtains have been hung round beds – all the same
Do the inhabitants have any Interaction with each other?
Double decker cubicle – inside
I feel an emotional response to this set – is this your intention?
Seeing the living spaces of these people, and what they fill them with is moving.
Is it your aim to show people on the ‘outside’ what it means to be homeless in your city?
As an outsider (to your country and to being homeless), I find them educational and documentary.
One of them appears to have a picture of a flower drawn by a child. I am interested to know who drew it , and what is it doing there? Does this person know the child? Have they had to leave them behind?
In another, a man appears to be conducting some sort of business – calculator, scissors etc –
what is he doing? Are there any other photos where the inhabitants are working? Or it the set about diversity within the cubicles, in the same way you would expect in any living quarters?
I really like the circles (the small yellow ones) but I find them incongruous with the rest of this set.
Are you outside looking in?
What is the last photograph of? That one doesn’t mean anything to me.
Double decker bunker
Some inhabitants appear to be living in filth, whereas others live in relative ‘luxury’. There seems to be a real disparity here.
This set is less enigmatic, more to the point, literal, real life stories.
Maybe it’s because this is the 3rd set I have looked at, but I am beginning to feel hardened to the images now, as if it’s becoming normal. Think about how you order your photos, maybe intercept with a shock (a punctum!!) ??
Love the first two here. Their edit works well – looks like the first leads into the second. However it would look very different side by side rather than one underneath the other.
The lines, shapes and texture of the first work well.
The black and white ones stand out to me the most. Why are some in colour?
My interest has returned with this set, I am intrigued again and want to see more.
Kitchen of subdivided flat
There is so much information in these pictures I would like to see them all together on one page
so I can spend time looking at the detail. Maybe a set of squares (eg 3 rows of 3??), all on the same page.
For me, the one with the 3 sieves / pan on the wall is the least interesting, I think because it’s so different to the rest. Do you want a ‘close up’ edit? If not, I don’t see this one fitting in.
That first picture could be anywhere. If we didn’t know, it could be a prison, a disused / derelict building of some kind.
The shiny handles in the foreground of the first one suggests it was once classy.
It looks dangerous here. I don’t get the impression of danger in any of the other sets – quite the opposite in fact. In the others, even the squalor gives the impression of physical safety. But not here, what is the chance of being electrocuted?
Is that a bunch of flowers sticking out of one of them