I need to cut these 23 images down to 8 that best illustrate my experience at Sunrise and represent living life “in the moment”. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!
Monthly Archives: October 2013
I spent the day with a delightful couple who met here at Sunrise and are now engaged at 86 and 84. They kindly invited me to have lunch with them and we spoke for hours, it was wonderful! Both suffer from short term memory loss but “take the mick” out of each other about it and constantly joke around and purposefully confuse each other. They said “we just take one day at a time, its a great way and place to be spending the end of our lives, God forbid we get to 100 though!” They were such joyous people to be around and really highlighted true love and happiness living in the present. Click here > (Sunrise 2) for contact sheet.
Click on my “Edit One“ to see the first images from my Birmingham shoot. I am now in the mentality that perhaps instead of focusing on who the residents were I should focus on who they are now. Many of the residents have Alzheimer’s/dementia and cannot remember the sentences they’ve just said to you. Perhaps society dwells too much on the past and future and we forget to live in the present. I want to focus on “living in the moment” however short lived that is. As long as you’re happy at that second and enjoying life there and then for many of the residents thats all that matters. “This is now”, “This is my moment”, “Hello nice to meet you” (many forgot you had already met) are all the sorts of lines/titles I’d like to work with. Too much goes missed these days and is over looked, I should celebrate being in their presence and speaking with them, just to enjoy each others company. One gentleman called David (wearing the poppy) said to a lady there about myself “She’ll go far, she called me handsome” and its moments like that that I want to capture and hold on to- not forget and never retain.
Sunrise fundraise a huge amount for the Alzheimer’s Society.
A collection of extraordinary and beautiful photographs that take your breath away. My favourite (below) is hauntingly beautiful, a foreboding episode held in a moment of tranquility, the calm before the storm.
One day my image will be there.
Great photo story showing some of London’s youth in the Grime scene. Great access for photos mean images are intense and personal portraying a realistic and true picture of the subjects.
An intimate and joyful photo story of children growing up in Liverpool. Children are wonderful subjects but of course nowadays are hard to access. This photo story captures moments that would otherwise be lost in a child’s memory. Full access = better photographs.
Once again, this shows if you build peoples trust you get the better photographs. Wonderful shots of Byker and the residents, they were comfortable and used to having the photographer around. Repetition until it becomes the norm.
- These three examples of work demonstrate that the more trust you gain from your subjects the better photographs you will get. If they let you into their lives with full access the ability you then have to capture the truth in every essence of their culture is acute. Trust and respect on both the photographers side and subjects side is key to a successful and meaningful photo story.