Evaluation of my work.
For my photojournalism project I chose the subject humanity. More specifically I wanted to show the more adventurous side of humanity such as sports and travel along side the less seen and pleasant side of humanity that being poverty and greed. My project had limitations due to the extend of things I wanted to display. I wanted to show the really gritty side of humanity with mass poverty and human greed but the opportunity to do this didn’t come around as the areas around me don’t display this level of poverty. If I found that level of poverty and started photographing I could put myself in danger as the people might not want their story being shown so things could get hostile. I did manage to take several pictures of homeless people which provide contrast between the rich and the poor but I didn’t take as many as id of liked too. If I was to do this part of the project again I would try and travel to more places in order to get more opportunities to see more. I would also take someone with me just as a form of protection.
When I focused on showing the more adventurous side of humanity it didn’t come as difficult to me. This was because I see adventure all around, opportunities are everywhere to go an explore and I wanted my photos to show this. I think they did. They show sport, travel and exploring. My aim with these photos was to get people to explore more and go on adventures and start experiencing new things. My photos show several ways this can be done, from going abroad to things on your on doorstep. The limitations I faced when photographing this part were not taking enough pictures. Sometimes the opportunities for a good photo were not there. To avoid this again I would plan things out in more depth. Set goals for myself of things to photograph when going out to shoot.
My final pieces not only work to tell the story I was aiming for but they also say a lot about me, if not more. I took the photos because I feel strongly about there being inequality in the world and wanted my pictures to show this. I am also passionate about exploring, adventure and having fun and I think my photos also show this. They will hopefully inspire people to explore even if its just in their back yard. Adventure is what you make it. It seems cliche to say, but its not just about the destination but about the adventure on the way.
The reasons I chose and took these images is explained in the captions on my initial ideas page.