#Picbod Task 5 – The Empowered Portrait
“Through the first four workshops you have explored the power relationship between photographer and subject, starting with yourself before looking at someone close to you and a stranger. You should now apply your skills garnered through these and the technical workshops to assist either a stranger or someone you already know* to make their own portrait.
You should not take charge of the photographic conversation but should empower the ‘subject’ in being able to make their own pre-visualization and chosen representation, a reality.
*You should not work with someone who has previous photographic experience”
For this task I decided to use my friend Jon (another member of my tribe) as the subject. Jon is one of the people I spend the most time with at uni, we gym together, cook together and chill out in the evenings together but I don’t live in the same house as him, I live 30 seconds walk away. Often when I go round to cook with him, he won’t be ready so I will sit and chill in his room whilst he has a shower. I wanted to make what would normally be a natural occurrence an unnatural occurrence by giving Jon the remote control for the camera and asking him to take photos of himself. I came in and out of the room, to let him get on with it and see what images he created.
Here are two of the results