One in 8 Million…

New York Times: One in 8 Million.

Joseph Cotton: The Grandfather

This is my favourite photo story from the “One in 8 Million” collection. I think its beautiful, the story and the images, just beautiful. The love this Grandfather has for his ‘grandbabies’ is apparent through his voice and the shots that show them all together. It has been portrayed in a wonderful way that shows how true their love is. A genuine, honest and hard-working love that is far too often captured in cliché ways that make it look sickly and common. This is very much an individual life that no one else can intrude upon because it’s so simple and settled that it’s just magical. The photos aren’t cinematic or exaggerated or staged, they are just very simply straightforward and authentic, just a wonderfully peaceful story that has nothing to hide. Its rawness makes this story, the lack of dramatic and over the top pictures makes this photo story dazzling. 

Maggie Wirth: The Singing Waitress

This photo story uses sound and images very very well together. They compliment each other extremely well, the energy that comes from the narrative reflected in the images. The slower pace of the moments captured in time with the photos and the crazy fast pace excitement of the sounds bringing the story alive. The blurred movement in the photographs emphasises the hustle and bustle and joy in the room as the visual stimulus aids the noise we are hearing in creating a fun and lively environment for us to imagine and feel a part of. All in all I think this is a very successful photo story. 

Alexandra Elman: The Blind Wine Taster

This is a very sophisticated and honourable photo story. Despite the main subject being blind the photographer (Heisler) doesn’t exploit that or take advantage of her. The photo’s are very gracious and focus on her story rather than her condition. It’s a great example of how to respect a subject and still tell their story extremely well. I think the image of the city reflected in the wine glass is extraordinary, it allows us to see the world in such a different way to Elman and to look at the simple mundane things in life in a beautiful way. We take that site usually for granted and this image points the finger and says “Stop”, look at me, no really look at me and appreciate everything you have and everything I am. It’s the simple things in life that generate the most beauty and happiness. 

Lolita Wolf: The Kinky Lover

This photo story didn’t work for me. It was too dry which is ironic as the story shouldn’t have been! But the photos were just too bland and uninspiring. Not that I wanted to see more content of what Wolf was talking about but that the images looked very much like they were taken all in an hour and thrown together. Most people could have taken those photos, they just weren’t original enough or enticing. I feel that whilst the intentions were there to portray her story in a sound light it just wasn’t successful. It wasn’t exciting and crazy nor was it calm and beautiful, it was just flat line and unfortunately unsuccessful in my opinion. 

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