Documentary

My documentary work explores the multi-layered nature of experience of places and interplay of subjectivity and observation. It draws on discussions in:

It takes a socio-political and post-modernist approach, concerned with:

  • ‘whose documentary’ are we talking about and why? how do we work with other people to get multiple perspectives both in terms of information and feedback
  • how do potentially conflicting perspectives modify the message
  • what are the strengths and challenges of communicating the ‘message’ – photographs (referential but subjective selection and editing), photocollage and photomontage (possibilities for juxtaposition and multi-layered questioning), illustration and printmaking (possibilities for invention), video and interactive presentation
  • how best to disseminate the document and engage with the audience to make a difference

I have travelled to many places. Documentary work produced for Visual Communications modules include particularly:

  • Printmaking 1: Japan linocuts and experimental relief prints that documented  Japan from a cultural and artistic perspective based on photographs from a journey to Japan in 2008.
  • Printmaking 1: Road to Goma a series of collagraphs on events in Goma, DRC from sketches of photographs from consultancy visits to Gisenyi just over the border in Rwanda 2015-2016.
  • Illustration 2: Oromia Reflected an on-line interactive pdf of gouache paintings and collaged photographs from journeys through Omromia in Ethiopia at the time of intense political conflict in 2017 – now thankfully much more stable following recent democratic elections.

My Visual Communications printmaking and mixed media walk draws on debates in landscape photography that I explored in my work for OCA landscape photography: further work on ‘new safari’ and  Photoseries from Journeys in Cote d’Ivoire, Kyrgyzstan and River Cam were developed as photobooks as part of OCA landscape photography course. See:

Assignment 4: A New Safari : some reflections on ‘shooting’

Assignment 6: Transitions: BENCH

Selected travel and documentary photographs to other countries worldwide that I envisage using in future documentary illustration and/or printmaking and/or photobooks can be found on:

My future work will increasingly focus on the role of humour, metaphor and symbolism in communication of political messages – how to overcome ‘compassion fatigue’.