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This event is for Egypt mummy exhibition in Manchester museum. This image is for what was happening.

I use the wide angle lens to photography. And this image is for visitor in this exhibition, and they take photo for those Egypt mummy, and talk about then.


Edinburgh is a city that just begs to be explored, so I

will do a very detailed travel planning before starting shoot, it will include travel routed, and some very special places in Edinburgh, like Craigmillar Castle, Calton Hill, Dean Village etc. Therefore, the place project will talk a story about travel in Edinburgh during six hours in one day, I will take some photo of landscape, and some will about the construct from building, and people living in that city, and so on. Overall, I want to present completed features of this place.

For person project, I have a few thoughts. Because

this assignment need we finish within a six-hour slot, so I combine knowledge from other disciplines, I want do this shoot like include interview, I will find a person in Scotland, and do a interview to her/his, and take photo for the person during six hours, it can be record the person working, or daily life.


Before wring the pitch, I have talked with Mike, he told

me the Scottish whiskey is very good so that I can go to some small wine factory to shooting, such as Speyside

distillery (http://www.speysidedistillery.co.uk/index.php ). Therefore, I not only can shoot for ‘place’, I can also take photo for the daily work of staff. But this requires contact with the factory, it is full of variables. Anyway, my idea will follow that, so maybe this project is very personal. Totally, I will be looking for a scotch and to record six hour of his /her daily life.

The last one is ‘event’ project, I think it is the most

difficult one in this assignment. To make this part also related to the other projects, I have been do

many network to looking for recent events in Scotland, like exhibitions, opera, fashion show, sporting activities. Finally, because the limitation of the time and the place, I narrowed the range of choice, I selected a few activities as the subject, because I don’t know the local situation, so if an accident occurred, there are other choice.


TWO NARRATIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS

I will talk about two narrative photographers as my

influence. The two narrative photographers, their all photos have strong narrative and strong control in color / black & white.


TWO NARRATIVE PHOTOGRAPHERS

I will talk about two narrative photographers as my

influence. The two narrative photographers, their all photos have strong narrative and strong control in color / black & white.

I choose Alex Webb and Sohrab Hura to do this research, because they represent two ways of narrative photography. Alex Webb is a master of cutting and manufacturing space, and the color for his images is so strong and contrasting. He had taken shoot for many subjects and the camera like his eyes.Others, Sohrab Hura is not very well-known photographer, but I will moved by his work every time. This time, his work— ‘Life in elsewhere’, it is very personal subject, this group of black and white works are full of sadness and sensitive, the photographer use photos and diary to tell his own stories of mothers with schizophrenia. Anyway, it is also a way to do narrative photography. The others I do not quote in my pitch, like Steve McCurry, his style of photography also like Alex Webb, but for me, I choose Alex webb because of his well-known set of images taken in Istanbul, 《Istanbul, City of a Hundred Names 》, it is like travel photography, I will also use this style in my 3×36 assignment.


Alex Webb


Sohrab Hura The photographer, for his life I do not really know more, because he is not very famous in this world. However, his photos have shocked me. ‘Life in elsewhere’is a private project shoots by Sohrab Hura. In this group of black and white works are full of sadness and sensitive, the photographer use photos and diary to tell his own stories of mothers with schizophrenia, this work is also one of this year's finalists in Magnum Expression Award.

Sohrab Hura was born in 1981 in India and studies for a master degree in economics at the Delhi School. Although he has no formal training in photography, he's been photographing since 2001. Sohrab Hura focus on India’ economy, and take photos for land, the city, and the people. His work —— ‘Land of a Thousand Struggles’ depicts the harsh realities of the rich-poor divide in India. While we witness high rises growing rapidly in the major cities, many live below the poverty line, often working for less than minimum wage and under absurd conditions.


Many of his works focus on poor people and their miserable life, and all photos are black & white, he has a strong control for using the film. For the color, the composition of images, the photos are full of his style. For ‘life in elsewhere‘, this work is a very personal documentary, this is also characteristics of it. He used camera to analysis inside of his most secret feelings, shooting trivial things to show the life.


He says,” It was in the summer of 1999 when my mother was diagnosed with an acute case of Paranoid Schizophrenia. I was 17 then. The doctors, in retrospect, had said that she had already started developing the symptoms many years prior to that. Symptoms that nobody had noticed. But it was the break up with my father that caused her condition to suddenly come alive and then deteriorate. Over the years, the walls of our home started to peel off, people had stopped coming to our home because my mother was too scared to let anybody in and all that remained were the traces of a life that no longer existed. Our initial years were spent hiding from the world. Her out of paranoia and mine out of embarrassment and anger at who she had become. But after all these years I’ve realized that my mother had never stopped loving me.”



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