The Men’s Project

THE MEN'S PROJECT

For the majority of my short photography career in a largely patriarchal society, my focus has been women and girls. As a woman who empathises with other women, my work on gender and identity issues among us has allowed me to better understand us.

A lot of focus is put on women for obvious reasons. What they have had to deal with in the past and what they continue to deal with currently. However, there is then this gap that is often times left in trying to understand the men of this generation. Men expected to be a large part of running nations, enterprises and households, with so much societal pressure. The question that ought to be asked: Do these men understand their role in society?

Photography has and continues to be used as a tool of understanding history, present and future events, bridging gaps where possible. This project aims to bridge a gap and hopefully answer a few questions that myself, other women and even men 'seek'. With the use of old imagery, and a little walk down memory lane for each individual subject, this project seeks to engage an audience on how the past directly or indirectly affects us as human beings. Mentally, physically and emotionally.

 
The ‘little things’, the ‘little moments’ that we experience and the ‘little decisions’ that we make, define us. Some of these are also made for us unconsciously, building up to who we are, our identity, sexuality and individuality. This project is about individuals that have migrated to this country, their transition into a new environment, as emotional experiences and reflections on the past and what is left behind.

There is constant change and almost everything appears to feel ephemeral. In these photographs the favorite pair of shoes owned by individuals who recently migrated to this country are placed in front of the doors where they live. The shoes act as a self-portrait, the representation of an attachment to materiality, which figures as a lot of their unconscious experiences, and defines their identity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THE MEN'S PROJECT

For the majority of my short photography career in a largely patriarchal society, my focus has been women and girls. As a woman who empathises with other women, my work on gender and identity issues among us has allowed me to better understand us.

A lot of focus is put on women for obvious reasons. What they have had to deal with in the past and what they continue to deal with currently. However, there is then this gap that is often times left in trying to understand the men of this generation. Men expected to be a large part of running nations, enterprises and households, with so much societal pressure. The question that ought to be asked: Do these men understand their role in society?

Photography has and continues to be used as a tool of understanding history, present and future events, bridging gaps where possible. This project aims to bridge a gap and hopefully answer a few questions that myself, other women and even men 'seek'. With the use of old imagery, and a little walk down memory lane for each individual subject, this project seeks to engage an audience on how the past directly or indirectly affects us as human beings. Mentally, physically and emotionally.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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