Thursday, 22 August 2013

Gerry Balfe Smyth - St Teresa's Gardens

Below is a sample of Smyth's attempt at capturing the community surround the St Teresa's Gardens in Dublin. Capturing communities via a photographic body of work is a difficult element of documentary photography. What springs to mind is, did the photographer have a angle, a bias, a history with the area, a story to tell before they set on the project or did they adopt a technique like Eugene Richards who was not too familiar with the area and move into it for the project like in Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue. To have a pre set purpose before starting a project is fine as a photographer, but a project must naturally evolve naturally and the photographer should project this with the final images. 

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