This is yet another attempt to get some work up on the blog, with access to the internet being what it is over here it isn't easy to keep it updated.
Well it's looking less and less likely that I will be able to do my Jute project wilst I'm here (on this occasion anyway). The timeframe is making it near impossible to get a solid body of work done, with classes at Pathshala everyday from 9.30am until late in the evening there is very little breathing space for a documentary project which leaves me few options as to which direction to take my work, but over the last week or so I have been seriously considering my ability to be a documentary photographer, my style, interests and mindset don't seem to fit in this catagory...... one of the main reasons I chose to study documentary photography and Photojournalism and not take the place offered to me on Newport's straight documentary photograpy course.
At the moment I am trying to cover the culture of Dhaka and it' people as this is mostly, if not all, I have seen of Bangladesh but several questions have presented themselves, questions like, is this becoming just another travel documentary? Does it need to be anything more than this? If it is just a document of my view of Dhaka then is this work something anybody would be interested in seeing outside of university?
It would be all too easy to show the poverty on the streets, the pollution in the air but this is such a small part of a huge, energetic, friendly, lively and colourful culture and completely sits in the cliche western perception of places like this.
I admit that when I arrived, for the first few days I saw alot of potential for this as a project but I later came to realise that this was all just a culture shock, seeing these kinds of things all around you for the first time instantly made me think 'wow, poverty, famine, homelessness, children begging on the streets.... this'll be a great project." but it would have been such a blinkered view of the way of life here in Dhaka city, of course it would be foolish to ignore it but to focus on it would just be wrong.
I guess I have to accept the fact that it isn't possible for me to produce a substancial body of work in under two weeks with daily classes and that I just have to produce the best I can with the cards that have been dealt, there is always a possibilty to continue the work at a later date but I want to be careful not to start lots of little projects that lead nowhere and take away what time I have.
So now my rant is over hopefully I can upload some images and continue to procrastinate about who I want to became as a photographer......................