Whilst this is not the best edited or shot video there is out there, it shows individuals lives and cultures that perhaps we knew nothing about before in an eye opening and factual way. I feel a part of the tribes whilst I watch (having been to Ethiopia to teach sport and English Literature to children out there I feel a sentimental attachment to the country anyway) and believe that this depiction of their lives, whilst may not be everyday activities per say, allows the viewer to feel aware of their culture and appreciative perhaps. Maybe one day someone will be able to look back at my photos of the everyday and feel educated on a culture they knew limited things about before too. This “thing” of documenting life before you as it happens has the ability to educate, inform and even entertain others viewing the medium who can then try and relate or see differences of their circumstances to the ones they have just seen. It is fascinating to know that whilst you may believe your life is “boring” and “nothing out of the ordinary” to someone else it is the most interesting and fascinating thing they have seen in a long time! It is all down to the individuals own perspective on life and cultural understandings. With my images whilst they may seem mundane to me occasionally, to an outsider of my life and culture they are just as original as Ethiopian tribes jumping over cattle to me! The images below are another example of this. The every day tattoos and scars these individuals mark themselves with are common place amongst them yet to myself (a British citizen) it is something I have never come close to! Their every day is beautiful eye opening to me and thus demonstrating that my film work could have the same affect on others, I just need to keep documenting life as it genuinely happens before me and the images will follow.
These images all show a fraction of a window into someone else’s/somethings life- all used as a screenshot to hold that moment in time forever that shall always represent that scene in a certain way forever. By documenting my own life I can hold a memory in time frozen forever and allow others to feel as if they were a part of that moment, even if they have never even met me. Allowing access to your life gives people the opportunity to feel involved and valued as a viewer and they can form an attachment to the person featured in an image as they feel as if they know them. Documenting ones life in black and white film gives the opportunity to make it go on forever.
Cheltenham Collection- Bookshop
I think my book would sit very well with these other books currently in the Cheltenham Racecourse shop. It’s similar enough that it wouldn’t be out of place but its different enough that there isn’t another book there that it could be compared to. It shows a local racing yard that will have horses competing throughout gold cup week and so people can connect to the people and story I am telling, its relevant, up to date and local, not to mention an aesthetically pleasing way to represent someones day/time at the races- a memory for them to have always! I will take my book to the shop and see if they would consider stocking it for the duration of gold cup week or any time of year for that matter! They can only say yes or no so I have nothing to lose!
I have published my book on blurb and it is now available to buy! It is more expensive than I would have liked to have my first book priced at but hard back books with extra pages do add up. Ideally I’d have had it priced around £20 but cost price brought it to £30 and other photo book website were a similar figure. Hopefully I get good feedback though and it is a success, in the 5 hours it has been available to buy I have sold 2 copies so my name and work is getting out there! I’m very excited about the potential this has and really hope its a success. Click on the picture below to take you to my book for sale/preview of it.
My book on Blurbs homepage for “Just Published”
I downloaded the Indesign plug in and have now made my book available for print on Blurb. It wasn’t as easy as I expected it to be as the page sizes were different so I’ve had to completely re-size every image/text and crop them so that they conform to the blurb layout. This has slightly changed the perspective of my images but I don’t think its a bad thing, just different! I also added my (this!) blog address to the back cover of the book so that people will be able to find me on the web if they like my work and want to get in contact.
I have had some great feedback so far and am now looking at making my book available to buy as a hard copy (as I have been asked by many if they can buy one!) most likely on blurb. I’m extremely happy with my book and am relived Kim himself and those at Kim Bailey racing like it too! Over 850 people have looked at it so far which is amazing!