So, what is documentary photography? well, it follows a single topic or story in-depth over time, whereas photojournalism’s coverage of breaking news and events is in real-time, as we deepen our understanding of and emotional connection to stories of injustice. Documentary photography can capture public attention, and mobilise people against social and human rights issues.
The Hull Food Bank is part of the Trussell Trust Network as well as independent local charity built on Christian values, it is also run in partnership with local churches and its vision is to end hunger and poverty in Hull.
One thing that has really stood out to me about Hull Food Bank is the fact that they do not just provide ‘Food’ they also provide a ‘Fuel bank’ service with the energy supplier Npower.
Here is a quote from the Foodbank manager Sarah Sidwell:
“Time and time again we’re overwhelmed and humbled by the generosity of the people of Hull – last year alone people donated 41 tonnes of food to help local people who are in crisis. The support is incredible. We now need somewhere secure to store these donations so we can continue to make a real difference to families in Hull who might otherwise go hungry. We would warmly welcome any offers of help in finding a new home and are extremely grateful for any donations to our crowdfunding appeal”. Hull Food Bank
So my project for the documentary shoot. will be to look at how food banks work for example where does the food come from, how is the food distributed and who the people are who run these programs are they volunteers or permanent staff and what is their motivation for volunteering.
Just recently I read that Hull University has set up a food bank whether this is for students or members of the public who are in need I don’t know so I may have to look into this as well.
I will be contacting the head of the program I want to look at this week to see if they will allow me access to their service.