Come along to the SMU photography degree show (Swansea) and see my Broken Dreams project as well as lots of other lovely 3rd year photography students work…. You won’t be disappointed guys, I promise!
Every city has a different story, and for this project the focus on Cardiff and its underlying ‘red light district’ proved to be a great inspiration for a project centered around a bustling city, women and the sex industry.
The project was created to engage the audience with a story that would be completely different, allowing the women who used the rooms photographed to have a voice that many people refuse to hear.
The women who used the rooms in this project are all part of the sex industry within Cardiff, each with their own agenda; whether it was for drugs, family or support. The Broken Dreams project allows you to view the rooms and spaces of the women and become part of their trust circle, as not many ‘outsiders’ are able to view the intimacies of this taboo area.
The project was started with the intention of highlighting the sex trade solely, by taking this subject and making it well known. But after spending time with many of the women, the project evolved - in which The Broken Dreams project was created.
The used beds and the surrounding areas are portraying a life of solitude and highlights the complete lack of understanding from a media dominated society that is very quick to judge. The trust gained form the women offers a rare insight into this socially unaccepted world that is now available for all to see.
This is the book that I had made to go with my previous drag king images i’ve shown you guys. The book shows the images that didn’t make it to my final project and also pictures to show the models transformation.
The drag king idea is based around feminism, playing with the idea that women are able to become men.
A drag king is the imitation of the male persona and how they are portrayed in society.
Drag Kings are not associated to drag queens. A drag queen is a man, in which their ideology is based around the performance of women, but a drag king attempts to define hegemonic masculinity, and portray a persona, not a performance.
The images below show the different jobs and past- times that I considered to be stereotypical of men.
Hope you lovely people enjoy :)
Lately I’ve been neglecting my blogging duties with so much university work going on I can’t seem to find the time to fit anything else in. Only a few more months left of university then I graduate in JULY!!! Then hopefully off travelling I go…. In case you lovely people failed to notice I am way to excited about it all!
The focus of people has and will always fascinate me.
To create this project I had to hand out many disposable cameras to as many unknown people as I could. By doing this project I wanted to gain an inside view of different lives while still being on the outside.
This project is about the exploration of people and what they have captured in picture. Below are some of the images I received back from different cameras.
This project is still on going so if you’d like to get involved please feel free to message me for more details.
Hope you all enjoy.
P.s I made a book out of this project i’ll post pictures of it very soon for you guys :)
Born Ronald William Parkinson Smith but known to the fashion world as Norman Parkinson has always been one of my favourite fashion photographers his work is truly elegant, flawless and inspirational to me. I thought i’d share a selected few of his images that I love with you guys… Enjoy!
CINDY SHERMAN- UNTITLED FILM STILLS.
I first came across Cindy Sherman’s work in collage when her work Untitled film stills caught my eye and ever since she has mesmerised me.
Below is the link for the interview she did with Simon Hattenstone.
I’m just like every other girl out there…. I love fashion! Especially when it comes to vintage fashion ever since I started doing photography I have become allot more involved with it.
Theses series of 6 images I created after looking more in to 1970s fashion and advertisements. Both of them combined inspired me to create the work that you see. I wanted this piece of work to look as though it had just stepped out of a 1970s magazine.
All the clothes featured on the model are vintage and where from my grandmother.