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Ellie Knight
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Presentation by: Ellie Knight, Kristyn Leach and Anna Tasker
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11/4/16
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Stephanie Sinclair – Too Young to Wed

The aim of this project is to end forced, child marriages by amplifying the girl’s voices, and building a global community to fight against it. It does this by documenting the stories, and then sharing them on their interactive website. The website includes quotes from some girls, alongside photos and videos, whilst being predominantly about taking action.
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10/21/16
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Going through the family albums, I noticed repetition in the images. There are certain events that are always captured on camera, e.g. Christmas, holidays and birthdays; and with having five other siblings there are a lot of photos that are similar (and many caterpillar birthday cakes!). With how alike we all were when we were little adds to the repetitive effect- as you feel like you've already seen the photo. I tried to include all 6 of us in the collages, but with the switch to digital there are only a couple of physical photos of my younger brothers.
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10/20/16
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Traveling to university involves an hour-long bus journey for me, which is time when I just zone out, listening to music and looking out of the window. Therefore, I decided to use my phone camera for this task to make it more natural and realistic to my everyday routine. I wanted to show the transition in environment in my sequence; whilst also reflecting my emotions/feelings. I feel more peaceful and at ease in the less urban areas, so I wanted this to come across in the colours and connotation of the images.
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10/13/16
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Task 4: Dialogue with a Stranger

I found this task particularly difficult because I'm quite shy and introverted, so going up to a stranger was very daunting for me.
I met this man (I didn't get his name) when he was on the way into town for some lunch. At first he seemed surprised when I stopped him, and almost inconvenienced - as if he didn't want to be delayed. I explained that I was at uni and told him about the task, and he was then happy to take part and have his picture taken. From our short conversation I learnt that he had an interest in photography and likes to take pictures in his spare time. This was something that we had in common, and I think that comes across in the way he looks comfortable in the image.
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TASK 3: 

In this image I am exploring body image/confidence, whilst reflecting on how women are portrayed or judged within society. A woman's body is often sexualised, or sometimes thought of as an object for a male desire. If a woman is not acting in a sexual manner or wanting to be desired then why should they be the subject of this kind of scrutiny? I wanted to draw attention to this by trying to show some innocence in the image (e.g. lace, soft lighting). In our society, the amount of skin that is shown is directly related to slut-shaming and our bodies are seen as taboo. This has lead to me feeling extremely self-conscious about my body, as though it should be hidden away - therefore having a huge knock on my confidence. Self-portraiture is a form of therapy, allowing me to accept my body and confront my confidence issues. The material 'curtain' that I'm behind symbolises the feeling of being exposed and wanting to hide. 
Why can the body not be seen as something beautiful for what it is, rather than for someone else's desire? 
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TASK 2: A Familial Portrait 

I focused this task on my relationship with my Gran. At 91 years old she is housebound, so I wanted to show this within the first image. She lives in isolation unless you enter into her world, so I tried to show her dependency on me to go and visit her in order for the relationship to be maintained. However, despite being too frail to go out, she still retains some independence in her life and tries to do as much as she can for herself. Therefore, in the second image I wanted to show the respect that I have for my Gran. I did this by choosing a slightly lower vantage point to represent how I look up to her. I love listening to her old tales, so I took the image when she was telling a story as this shows another side to our relationship.
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2016-04-20
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Task 1:

For this task I photographed my partner's tattoo on her foot because it has a significant meaning to her. The tattoo was done for her Mum, and the feather symbolises a guardian angel (which her Mum believes in). She got the tattoo when her Mum was due to have an operation, so it was at a difficult time in their lives. The tattoo represents the bond that they share, and the belief that someone is always watching over them. 
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