Image This: Power

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Ing J Thompson, Elena Cremona, Cemre Yesil, Max Siedentopf, Nonzuzo Gxekwa plus Hubert Crabieres ruminate on theme associated with Power

Exactly where does power come from, and what is it really? As electrical power, it keeps the lights on; as money this puts food on the table; as politics it makes the world rewrite. Power can enable things to stay the same, just as much as it can produce movement. Activists fighting intended for Black lives, women’s privileges, worker’s rights and the world have all demonstrated with power and strength over the last calendar year. At the heart of all of these leads to, there is also an investigation of the powers they rise up against – where it resides, and exactly how it is used.

Photography is really a powerful tool. It can document, expose, even rewrite background. At the very least, it can contribute to the discourse, in a way that may impact the viewer’s perception, bias and thought. When holding the camera, the power is situated with the photographer. They catch a moment, making their edition of events tangible. This particular imbalance is one that image-makers increasingly consider, and affect. Chinua Achebe, the prominent Nigerian novelist, once said: “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will usually glorify the hunter. ”

Power is responsibility, for the individual and also for others. Used well, it has the capacity in order to transform, support and enhance. How will you use your power within this new world, and who will a person empower with you?

We requested six photographers to respond towards theme of Power along with image and text. Beneath, Al J Thompson , Elena Cremona , Cemre Yesil , Max Siedentopf , Nonzuzo Gxekwa plus Hubert Crabieres present their replies.

Max Siedentopf

Hope Plus Hunger

Power is the ability to move some thing in a particular way.  

Power is the ability to direct the habits of others.

Power is the ability to control.  

Power will be the ability to alter the course of occasions.  

Wish And Hunger investigates this energy – the power to move the particular masses.

Using pigeons as a metaphor for the public, the series shows how people in times of need to have turn to ideologies to give all of them hope and still their hunger. However at what point does the hunger outweigh the belief of the ideology they will join?  

Throughout the experiment, different ideologies were depicted through their own symbols. Here we observe bird seed in the shape of the holy cross, the particular peace sign, a swastika, the Star of Donald, the star and crescent or hammer and sickle innocently lying on the floor. At first the scenes are quiet plus abandoned, however no matter what the symbol represents, one by one we see it attracting more followers. The first followers join because they are hungry, they want to still their craving for food. As they join, each brand-new follower attracts twice as many more to the point that we can’t differentiate the symbol anymore, that is now completely buried with the overwhelming masses.  

Did the last types join because they were starving or because they followed the actual others did?  

Power is the ability to move something in a particular way.  

Power is the ability to immediate the behaviour of others.

Power is the capability to control.  

Power is the ability to get a new course of events.  

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‘Hope and Hunger’, © Max Siedentopf.

Hubert Crabieres

We make the majority of my pictures in the house I share with my friends in Argenteuil, in the Val d’Oise. My work articulates and confronts staged scenes and living spaces, spectacular and intimate. When I create my photographs, whether they are usually personal initiatives or commissioned, I accumulate many add-ons. To illustrate the term strength, I wanted to focus on different meanings of the English term, from your most symbolic to the majority of concrete. I liked the idea of electric power being deployed within the Argenteuil studio, creating a powerful celebration of colours.

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Image © Hubert Crabieres.

Nonzuzo Gxekwa

Data is Currency 

Your smartphone may record your activities. Large corporations pay top dollar to get access to this information –  the ability to control and influence consumer decisions and taste. Residents are under surveillance.  

“He that has data has the power”’ – Tim O’Reilly


‘Data is Currency’, © Nonzuzo Gxekwa.

Elena Cremona 

“Faking phone calls, crossing the road, changing routes, asking to become accompanied home, ignoring catcalls, avoiding dimly lit areas, addressing up…these are all realities that shape how women are forced to police themselves in public spaces, not only in the UK but around the world. Many women asked exactly why the narrative always seemed to focus on how victims should protect themselves better. How are men being kept accountable and holding them selves accountable? ” – Maela Ohana 

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Image © Elena Cremona.

Cemre Yesil

I keep her, she carries me personally.  

So how exactly does a person carry the body, the particular posture?  

It is my mother who have carries my body in this photo.  

How does one carry the body in the photograph through holding and being held by one more body 

– the maternal body?

I handle the girl,

she holders me.

We all understand the world only after handling it. This is a process of handling;

handling a future loss.

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Image © Cemre Yesil.

Al J Thompson

To hold power is to naturally assume control above a circumstance. It is a naturally derived component of the ego that people understand is a necessity to human being survival. With power shows up the responsibility to act upon this without infringement.

The image titled, Looking Up , from my monograph Remnants of the Exodus , personal references the limitations, hope, and the nuance of the individual. To look up means to invoke power. In order to invoke power means the acquisition of strength relies on a good abstract considered greater-than.

My photographs tend not to reflect that all is dropped. It is a challenge of empowerment. And, I have reasons to believe that fortunes can be turned only when a fragmented community will find ways of kinship.  

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‘Looking Up’, from the series Remnants of an Exodus, © Al L Thompson.

Isaac Huxtable

Isaac Huxtable joined the British Publication of Photography in Oct 2020, where he is currently the particular Editorial Assistant. Prior to this, he studied a HANDBAG in History of Art on the Courtauld Instititue of Artwork, London.

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