To end the year, I wanted to look back at the photographic work I created in 2020. I did this by using a wonderful exercise from photographer and filmmaker Sarah Mason.
For the exercise I had to firstly pick 5 photos that made me feel something. Secondly, I had to find a connection between these photographs. To describe the overarching themes and feelings captured within the chosen images. It was very hard to choose these five images, but having done so I found it an unbelievably valuable exercise.
In this blog post I want to share with you my 5 favourite photographs. I am not sharing one of the images on here, as I do not have permission by the parents to do so. I will always respect the individual wishes of the families I work with. The missing photo is of a mother helping her son get dressed. I replaced this image with the last photo of the hands.
My 5 favourite photographs
FATHER AND SON
My photography word
After picking my 5 favourite images I analysed them and looked at what they had in common. l also noted down the words that came up when looking at my photographic work. The words that came up for me were: intimate, wistful, quiet, nostalgic, and close/relational.
My main photography word is: INTIMATE.
I think that the word intimate really is what I try to embody with my photography. I want to photograph and capture the intimacy in relationships. The love that is there. I want to bottle up those small and quiet moments which often go unnoticed or are taken for granted. I also want to create an intimacy when I photograph just a single person. To get close to what makes them be themselves and capture their personality.
I did this exercise together with two photographer friends: Anja and Franki (Franki is working on her website at the moment so I will add her link later on). Do have a look at their 5 favourite photographs as well. Seeing the chosen images from each of us really shows how each photographer has their own style and unique view.
Which words or feelings come up for you when you see these photos? I would love to hear your thoughts about them, so do share it with me in the comments below.
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