Migration is a not a brand new phenomenon. But it surely involves our consideration repeatedly. Information tales are considerable. From horrible tragedies at sea to native communities going to extraordinary lengths to assist to migrants.
As a photographer, I needed my pictures to contribute positively to the plight of migrants. The query was how? I didn’t wish to bask in ‘migrant porn’, a variation of poverty porn. This led me to query whether or not I might use pictures in any respect.
In October 2022 this modified. The UK’s Dwelling Secretary made a statement within the Home of Commons. She referred to an ‘invasion’ of migrants. Later, on 7 March 2023, the identical Dwelling Secretary referred to ‘waves of illegal migrants’.
Now, the dictionary definition of these phrases, utilized in that context, set me questioning – how did her remarks replicate my on a regular basis expertise? If I appeared round myself, did a 360º flip, did I really feel invaded by waves of individuals disrupting my life or intent on inflicting me hurt? The reply was emphatically ‘no’. No matter the place I used to be standing.
Speaking about this with pals led me to develop the concept for a photographic challenge. What if I might present a sequence of pictures, grouped in a set of six, with every set exhibiting a 360º view of a location? How would the viewer see, suppose and really feel? Invaded, disrupted or reassured by their on a regular basis environment?
I made a decision to see if I might enlist the help of fellow photographers. I’m a member of London Independent Photography (LIP). I put my concept to plenty of members and was delighted with the optimistic response. Additionally, LIP agreed to host the ensuing work on its web site.
I made a decision upon exhibiting a number of areas in London, UK, the place I dwell, with a set of six taken in every of the 33 ‘boroughs’ (native authorities districts). The ensuing 198 photos could be present in video format with a minimal quantity of textual content to set the context.
From that time on, I discovered myself challenge managing in addition to taking pictures. I wrote a ‘playbook’ in order that contributing photographers understood precisely what the challenge was making an attempt to do, and the way precisely to assist. It additionally handled issues similar to privateness (taking the six photos in a public area) and copyright (to be retained by the photographer). I set a timetable for the picture seize to be accomplished by. I created a system for managing the incoming photos and a storyboard for constructing the video set up which you’ll be able to see right here.
I additionally needed to interact social media so I created an Instagram account (@360Migration), Twitter (@360Migration) and a You Tube account (@360Migration) particularly to showcase the video set up. Utilizing the web and social media for the completed work was a simple alternative. The footfall by means of a neighborhood exhibition venue in London could be measured in a couple of hundred at greatest. It might even be pricey to stage (venue rent, printing and framing). The web and social media had the potential for partaking with hundreds and was comparatively price free.
The success of this challenge is for others to evaluate. I got down to use pictures to replicate my viewpoint on migration. I’ve not tried to offer solutions to the difficulty of migration. Alongside the way in which, I found how the method of collaboration is a rewarding expertise in and of itself.