Thursday, 7 August 2014

Rosaline Shahnavaz

Diaristic photography has been popular since photography itself was invented. Intimate portraits of friends and family classed as diaristic were pioneered by photographers such as Corrine Day and Wolfgang Tillmans in the early-mid 90s. It is a style that i find so many young, emerging photographers warming to. Even if their work is predominantly commercial, there is often a body of work that is diaristic - their 'visual diary'.

What makes the photographer so drawn to this style? Or more importantly, after years of reproductive works, what makes the viewer so continually open to and fond of a photographers diary?

Photographer Rosaline Shahnavaz has just graduated from BA Photography at London College of Communication. She has a vast body of work including commercial, editorial and fashion. However, it's her diaristic images and intimate portraits that continually capture me.

Photography has the ability to highlight aspects of ones mundane life and present them as something beautiful, something that the viewer can also relate to. Images that fill the gaps of the Facebook photographs where everyone's always doing something and having a great time. Rosaline captures these moments in her work and presents little bits of intimacy between herself, her partner and her friends. One aspect of her work that I really enjoy is the self-portraits (inc. one below). Self-portraits show a close relationship with the photographer and the camera, the result allows the viewer to see the photographer essentially through their own eyes, but also in a private manner.

We expect the truth from photography, and when the photographer endorses this, it is a comfort to the viewer.

Below are just a few images of Rosaline's that I have selected. To see her tumblr click here and for her website just here

Women + Feminism

Just a few words on:

"Women Against Feminism"

The title itself feels like a oxymoron. A movement devised especially to represent women is now being rejected by women.

The irony is women are not a minority, so why have we been treated as one?

In Britain where there are laws in place to ensure equal treatment of men and women it can be difficult to scratch beneath the surface and notice the existing inequalities that women still face. The @EverydaySexism campaign was a wonderful way of bringing to light some of the language that make women feel uncomfortable and discriminated against because of their sex. However, the backlash of this campaign was a sense of moaning and over sensitivity from those who could not relate to the comments.

Often I am confronted with people who think feminism is an over exaggeration, that inequality between men and women doesn't exist. I wonder if these same people think that racism is now irrelevant? Or that homophobia is past? People who fail to see beyond their own experiences and who do not recognise the discrimination and prejudice that exists within institutions.

As I mentioned before, just because things are seemingly resolved on the surface, does not mean that the core of the discrimination has filtered out of society and one's minds and mentality toward others. How many news articles, statistics, research findings and personal voices does it take to illustrate that women are still not treated equally to men in this society, by Britain's institutions? All this is regardless of the troubles women face worldwide in countries that don't even implicate laws to protect women from basic injustices such as rape.

Alright so maybe feminism does need a rebrand in order to move on from the negative connotations build through first wave feminism in the 60s. However, as writer Laurie Penny rightly explained in a discussion at Bethnal Green Working Mens club, why should feminism rebrand? Should people not just open their minds and allow for change? (these were not her exact words it was a while ago…)

As with all political movements there will always be opposition, backlash and harsh criticism. I just can't think of anything more detrimental to women's rights than women themselves expressing its irrelevance.