These are my Final images for the Seeing the world documentary project the reason behind these images was to show the Maritime link with Hull from Fishing, to whaling, to the abolition of slavery to navvies who helped build the docks, a proud history of this town.
Through Architecture, Murals and sculptures that can be found around Hull itself, according to information I found it seems that if some wants to build a new building in Hull it must have something in it or on it that relates to the maritime connection ie the BBC building having a penthouse shaped like a ship’s bridge and St. Stephens shopping centre whose roof is shaped like a ship’s hull.
I spent a lot of time going through these images of which none have been edited in photoshop or lightroom I wanted to keep them as the came out of the camera and let them speak for themselves because this is a part of my heritage been born and breed in Hull I believe it is also my responsibility no our responsibility to catalogue these pieces for posterity.
I love the craftsmanship and design that has gone into each of these pieces and the fact that some are very tactile. whereas the architectural design for the buildings make them a lot more interesting to look at and more esthetically pleasing than just square lumps.
BBC Building Design
St Stephens Roof
Memorial at Maritime Museum
Here are some more images that represent the maritime history of Hull the statue of the two fishermen hauling in their net on the Marina and the Sailors memorial in Zebedee’s yard which was part of Hull Trinity House School. These images were taken on a Sony Alpha A5000.
After having no response from Hull Food Bank and Open doors, I decided to implement plan c “Christmas Links” but decided against this as well so plan d came into effect and that was to look at how maritime design is reflected in sculptures and architecture in Hull today, as you can see from my first set of images there are some interesting architectural features that reminded me of parts of ships. I still have a couple more shoots to do but first here are my shots from yesterday good and bad.
I have received another email from the Open Doors Project on Princes Avenue in Hull. They are an organisation which was started in the Autumn of 2000 when the church responded initially to meeting stranger along Princes Avenue.
It developed very quickly into a drop-in centre the service continued this way for some months until they realised that women and children were turning up at the centre as well and in response to a request, Open Doors began working with dedicated health visitors.
I have been to open doors on several occasions and the staff are absolutely brilliant and the work they do is amazing when I first went I couldn’t believe how many people the services provided by Open Doors.
Email confirming for me to go to Open Doors:
So I am know going to arrange to go one Thursday and arrange a shoot. There is also a gentleman who attends Open Doors that may be an ideal candidate for my Character Portrait as well.
I have just received an email from the manager of the Hub that runs the Hull Food Bank Sarah Sidwell and she thinks it would be a great good idea so now just have to arrange shoot time for this week.
All I have to do now is see how I stand on Health & Safety, and if I need a model release form for any of the volunteers and make sure that if any users of the service do or do not want to be in the Photographic Documentary. I am also going to create a timeline for the shoot.
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.
Rising cost of living ‘forcing students to use food banks’
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.
The reason for choosing this subject is because, I have been following the sky cycling team at both the olympics and the Tour de France for the past 4 or 5 years since we started to win major events.
What you normally see in the events is the riders during the race and not what really goes on behind the scenes unless it is a specifically requested for a documentary. The fact that award winning photographer Tom Jenkins has been given this rare insight into training is well come.
This fly on the wall documentary shows just how much work that the riders have to put in to attain the level of fitness and how the team is structured including what sessions they have to do during the boot camps and the training on track using the motorcycle for omnium.
this is an incredible insight into one of the worlds greatest cycling teams of the past few years and the riders they have brought through both male and female.
here are some example images from Tom Jenkins photo shoot for the Guardian.