Photographers sometime to get exclusive and insightful photographs have to negotiate there way into certain places allowing them opportunities not normally allowed. Photographers can spend several years building trust that can then provide them with a insight into someones life with no barriers. Negotiating is a very important part of Photojournalism and especially documentary photography.
During the lecture we got shown a couple of series of photographs that the photographers had negotiated to be able to take the photos. Some were fairly sensitive subjects such as the fallen soldiers one where Ashley Gilbertson would speak to the families of fallen soldiers to enable access into the soldiers room to take photographs of their room. Gilbertson would of spent months building up the trust of the families before they would allow him to publicise the personal space of their lost relative.
Another example of this is a Channel 4 documentary on Gypsy’s. While watching the programme it was obvious that the gypsy’s were comfortable with the cameras around them and therefore were acting natural. The natural footage that Channel 4 were able to get was only made possible by the trust they gained by the people they were filming.
For the hidden places assignment I was asked to negotiate access to somewhere that is not usually seen. Take a set of pictures that describes what is happens in the place and also expresses your point of view as a spectator in a private or forbidden world.
I really wanted to do something to do with my passion, Motorsport’s. I had a idea that I could contact several race teams and see if any of them got back to me. Unfortunately this time none of them replied to my e-mails so I soon realised I had to go down a separate route. One of my dads friends is friends with a race chief who has a team that races in the British Superbike Championship. I was able to obtain Pauls number (The Race Chief) and give him a call. I phoned him up and explained who I was and what I was studying at University and then went onto explain the assignment I had been set. He seemed interested and asked me to e-mail him more information on what I was wanting to do. Here are the e-mails:
The e-mail below is what Paul sent to the Media office of the track I was going to attend.
I was unable to gain a media pass to go around the track but my original idea of taking photographs in the pits was still fine.
Unfortunately I was unable to complete this due to being called into court as a Prosecution Witness. After putting all the hard work and planning into this I was gutted that I was unable to complete this. I hope you can understand this and see that I had everything in place to go and take the photographs and the reason it wasn’t completed is completely out of my control. I am now looking to quickly organised another option for this assignment.