Inspired by the work of Andre Wagner and the recent "Home" project completed by Magnum photographers, I have decided to photograph my home city of Sheffield. I tend to find my inspiration from traveling and I am energised when visiting other countries. This means that I tend to overlook the place that I call home.
I think that sometimes I am forget to turn the camera inwards, something that i am going to work on over the next few weeks.
Following in the footsteps of photographers like Garry Winograd, William Klein and Gordon Parkes, Andre Wagner documents life on the streets of New York, his adopted home. I think this produces an interesting perspective of being both a resident and an outsider. This is something that appeals to me as It is the situation I find myself in. What interests me is whether or not this perspective can be seen in the images. Can the viewer tell if the photographer is an outsider?
The idea of Photographing "The other" is not a new one and is often a familiar trope. (Hepner, 2018). However photographing as both an outsider and insider is interesting. As an insider there is often a familiarity, as an outsider there tends to be a curiosity to the documentary.
In the case of Andre Wagner he is an outsider of New York, but he is an insider to the black community that he often photographs in, this gives his images a dynamism that lifts it above a lot of modern New York street photography of which we are oversaturated.
Street photography is a discipline that holds an interesting place as its relevance often comes in the future as almost a historical document (Westerbeck and Meyerowitz, 2017). Often photographing the mundane aspects of everyday life.
Hepner, A. (2018). Essay: Insider/Outsider: Photographing The Other, Abbey Hepner. [online] Strange Fire. Available at: http://www.strangefirecollective.com/essay-hepner/ [Accessed 4 Mar. 2018].
Westerbeck, C. and Meyerowitz, J. (2017). Bystander. Laurence King.