In this project we aim to sub verse the ethnical boundaries that surround our current
perspective on black people. As we are fashion students, we look on the visual arts side of
life. Therefore we want this photography project to be fashion forward and contemporary,
but still with a strong positive message.
We are aware of OHTV’s audience and know that it is an entertainment channel. We know
there are a wide range of people that tune in to they’re station so we want our work to be
versatile and have everyone take a positive piece out of our photography.
In this project we want to approach black history month differently, we want to show that
Black history month is more than just celebrating black history and what great people
have achieved. We want to thank black people for fighting through the troublesome
challenges that come they're way in they're everyday lives. We want to expand people’s
minds into the way of thinking that a good vibrant life can be found only by thinking in the
present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to
ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Why are people racist? Fear. They hate what they don’t understand.
Because they refuse to open their minds into anything outside of what they know. (Or think
they know). Our project will definitely show that black people have overcome racism and
have inspired people to be proud of who they are and feel free to fully express they're
All photographs will be black and white with a subtle amount of colour. The colour being
Ndebele tribe patterns screen printed over the photographs. We want to display the
pictures on canvases in the exhibition.
The dominant message that we want to send out via our photography is that a black icon can
be every ones icon. Thus meaning that just because there is a black leader in the world, it
doesn’t mean that any other race cannot idolise them. No matter what race we are we all
are equal and have the same rights.
Title: “Nothing in life
is to be feared (/ judged). It is only to
“What is black
“There are many
This shoot will consist of 4 final photos.
Location: Studio /
Dreadlocks, men of
many races to be in
one photo , each
hair. (this will be a
showing that men of
many races can
have one thing in
common to do with
Title: “Nothing in life
is to be feared (/ judged). It is
only to be understood.”
Photo 2:White Smile
gums and skin
(White teeth are
seen as a
beauty in all
focus on the
One extreme close-up shot of 2 models. One model with typical African features and one with
a more commercial westernized stereotypically beautiful face.
Macro Shots of a range of Black
Macro shot of skin to show the beautiful
architecture of it. And to look at way
the surface of our skin is structured. (This
photo will show that we all have the
same skin structure, the only difference
between black people and them is the
pigment of black people’s skin,
pigmentation is the only difference
between races as well as facial
features, other than that, everything of
ours are the same.
Title: “A black icon can be
Location: Orpington fields
This shoot will consist of 3 final
Meaning of shoot: (Explain the
history behind it)
1. Black man burning himself with an iron
2. White man lifting the iron off his chest marking the face of
a black icon or a positive black originated symbol.
3. Hope / Passion/ Strength facial expression
4. Black and White man standing strong, proud with their
Title: “You can watch me, but you can’t control me”
Location: 24 hour car park orTube station
The “higher authorities” seem to think that they have superior control
over us by placingCCTV cameras on every street in London to “keep and
eye on us”.They place themselves of a higher value than us and therefore
look down on us monitoring our every move .They watch workers, mums
pushing buggies, street cleaners, students.Yet, on the numerousTV
screens, they become transformed into pixels of suspicion, individuals
whose faces, even gaits, must be monitored by camera operators hidden
underground. In essence, they are no longer free individuals; they are
objects of suspicion. Under the tyrannical gaze of today's CCTV, none of
us is really free. Instead, we live in a permanent state of parole, where
we must walk, talk and act in a certain way, or risk having our collars felt
by a cop or council official alerted by the spies behind the cameras. It is
time we took some action against these peepingToms of officialdom,
and told them to switch off their spy cams.
20 per cent of all the world's CCTV cameras are in the UK
300 times a day the average Londoner is caught on CCTV
1 UK's position in the global league table for ratio of CCTV
cameras to people
12 number of people per CCTV camera in Britain
0 percentage improvement in police detection rates of violent
offences with CCTV
The main purpose of this shoot is
to show the public that we are
being watched obsessively
24hours a day on CCTV
footage. Obviously the public
know that they are being
monitored but we want to let
them know that there is more to
CCTV cameras. We want them
to think into what’s actually
going on behind the CCTV and
question weather CCTV makes
them feel safer or not? OR
Are we living in a surveillance
state where privacy is a thing of
Does our privacy not matter
any more? Everywhere we go
we are filmed and the
government and police think its
ok to spy on us as we go about
our everyday business. Its
intrusive. All it does is create an
atmosphere of suspicion and it
puts us in a state of fear.. At the
end of the day you have to ask:
has it brought down crime? I
don't think so because all CCTV
does is monitor what's going on,
CCTV doesn't stop crime itself at
Its funny because they can film us but we cannot film them?...if I was to bring out a camera and start
filming in a train station, they would “have the right” to escort me out of the station or arrest me
because it’s somehow against the law. Where has our freedom gone?
Black people have come a long way from slavery and the days of being classed as a dominantly minority .
We now stand proud and are most aware that us black people have fought for our freedom and
have finally got it. But now in this modern day there is more challenges we have to face as black
people. With unnecessary searches and prosecutions from the prejudice police. these issues need to
be raised to the surface.
-Stereotype--a generalized attitude. Categorization based upon some sort
of similar characteristic, such as physical appearance, religion, or belief.
- Prejudice--prejudging. Typically a negative attitude about an individual's
membership in a group.
- Discrimination--negative behaviour. Acting upon one's belief about
another individual on the basis of membership in a group.
In this shoot we want to show that black people are not phased by anything negative that comes they're
way because they know that they have come from such an intense battle in the past fighting for
they're rightful position. Now is the time to realise the art of living in the now and not dwelling in the
past and appreciating that we have life and know we can do so much thing with it. This shoot will
show contemporary black people going about they're daily routines in happiness.
This leads us back to the title of the shoot......
‘YOU CAN WATCH ME, BUT YOU CANT CONTROL ME”
Photo shoot 4
Title: ‘Learn from yesterday, live
for today, hope for tomorrow’
Location: South end Mud Beach
This will be a strong effective
positive shoot showing how us
black people are now free and
have built a wonderful life for
themselves compared to past
experiences as a race. Black
people have made such a
positive impact on humanity and
are still continuing to do so.
Barrack Obama showed us that
anything is possible by becoming
President of the United states. Just
80 years ago , having a black
president would have been a
joke to the Whitehouse.
“I love my past. I love my present.
I'm not ashamed of what I've
had, and I'm not sad because I
have it no longer.” Colette,The Last
"Life is like music, it must be composed by ear,
feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one
had better know the rules, for they sometimes
guide in doubtful cases, though not often."
Where there is love there is life.
Ndebele Screen Printing
We will be
as the end
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