After doing a lot of primary research on older people by doing interviews
and getting along with them, I will keep on recording the progress by taking
photos, sound recordings, and trying to collect things they love. I want
to do something with greater impact instead of just a booklet recording
stories of older people. Looking back to the day of my first tutorial, I recalled
a series of photographic works called “Family Affair” done by an Austria
photographer, Pilo Pichler. His works achieve physical, emotional, spiritual
and energetic levels that inspire me a lot. Therefore, I choose to make use
of photography hoping to respond to what I have experienced instead of just
taking photos during the interviews.
What I want to do is to ask people to pick an old photo of themselves that
they really like, then share the story of the photo, and finally take a photo of
them with the picture.
How will I present the idea?
I will present my works with the use of different
media, for the interviews with older people in St.
Monica Trust. I will do documentary photography.
When preparing for photography work of older
people, in October, I asked for advice from
the instructor in the Photography department ,
Frank, and told him about my ambition of doing
photography. Since I wanted to set up an indoor
studio, he suggested I attend the workshop, location
photography, held for photography students.
The materials for photography, including lighting,
backdrop, tripods and the camera itself, are very
heavy so I could not take them alone. Without a car
to transport the materials, I have to ask for help to
take the material to St. Monica’s Will House, which
is around twenty minutes from Coronation Road.
Location and setting
There are so many things to take in to consideration when choosing
a location. In this case, regarding to the problem of mobility
of the older people, I would choose the indoor location that older
people live. I prefer St. Monica Trust because of several reasons:
I have attended the discussion group regularly and I know some
older people who is welcoming me to visit.
Although it is an indoor area, there are a lot of rooms like, hairdressing,
activities room, common room, gym, swimming pool,
and roof garden.
There is natural light spreading in the common area of the building,
I could also choose the area out of the room to get natural
sunlight which makes the picture more natural.