It was World Photography Day on Monday, an annual celebration of the art, craft, science, and history of photography. When I went to university, I enrolled in a photography degree with absolutely no intention of becoming a photographer. I just had this burning desire to learn about photography and how the camera is used as a tool to tell stories. Since being surrounded by photographers and filmmakers I’ve learned so much and been so inspired by the narrative and creativity of photographic series. So, in the spirit of World Photography Day, I thought I’d share some photographers and their work that promote important issues, tell personal stories or just experiment to create some really interesting and unusual images.
Sian Davey – Looking for Alice
Looking for Alice is a photographic series which explores a mother’s gradual acceptance of her daughter, born with Down’s Syndrome. Photographer Sian Davey started to photograph her daughter when she was just a year old and has since been photographing her in the context of her family. Her images in the series capture all the joys, tensions and ups and downs that go with the territory of a family.
Winnie Au – Cone of Shame
Cone of Shame is a series of dog portraits wearing alternative ‘cones of shame’ made from feathers, straw, and spaghetti. The series aims to highlight the woebegone expression that accompanies the standard plastic cone pets are issued with at the vets. Winnie Au uses the body of work to promote rescue dog centres and highlight their need for funding medical treatments. Winnie raised money on Kickstarter to print the images as a postcard set with future proceeds being donated to Animal Haven’s Recovery Road Fund, a no-kill shelter based in NYC.
Amy Romer – The Dark Figure*
The Dark Figure* is an ongoing project, mapping the immediate surrounding neighbourhoods where victims have been held as modern slaves. The series of landscape images of houses, street corners, cul-de-sacs, and gates highlights the hidden nature of modern slavery and draws realism on the potential dangers which could be happening next door or around the corner. Amy Romer’s use of photography and investigations into cases of modern slavery have led to the Police and Home Office to use her information as a training technique for Police and Council staff on spotting signs of slavery.
Daniel Beltra – Spill
Daniel Beltra is a fine art photographer with a passion for conversation. His photographic series ‘Spill’ documents The Deep Horizon Oil spill. The industrial disaster that happened in May 2010 and is considered to be the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. Daniel Beltra spent around two months shooting from 3,000ft above the scene which delivered a wider perspective of the disaster as it unfolded.
Chow and Lin – The Play Project
The Play Project is an aerial survey of 100 playgrounds across Singapore. A study conducted about playgrounds in Singapore found there were nearly 1500 public playgrounds across Singapore, making it perhaps one of the highest playground per square meter land space in the world. Chow and Lin worked with a local drone company and customised a drone to carry and mirrorless camera. The drone flew over Singapore’s playground to frame their foam mats, coloured steps and spiral slides against the urban city.