Framing The World Through My Photographs
Marcus Bleasdale is an award winning photojournalist, best known for his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. When Bleasdale started off he didn’t understand the concept of narrative, having not previously studied photography in terms of going to a institution.
When he started to photograph he soon came to realise that his photographs weren’t good enough as he found that he had a lack of understanding about what he was photographing, this goes hand in hand with the talk from David Campbell, who uses Todd Pappageorge’s quote “if your photos aren’t good enough your not reading enough”. Campbell says the strongest body of work is the work that understands its own context.
Bleasdale spent sometime traveling ending up traveling along the congo river for four years, whist reading Conrad’s “heart of darkness, which heavily influenced his work. Bleasdale stated that you are not always influenced by what you see on the news or experience first hand, that infact literature can play apart in informing our work. He finished his project by calling it “One hundred years of darkens”, in which he published in 2002. The book was heavily influenced by democracy and the lack of it.
Bleasdale said that the photograph comes secondary and it is your passion that is the primary key, just as Mansour and Khamissy sees the thoughts of the participant far superior to theirs.
Moving through the interview Bleasdale goes onto talking about his work with Peter O’Connell who is a comic book artist and how he is using his images reworked to look lie a comic book to reach different audiences, which is key in creating an understanding of what is happening in the world, we should use different tools to inform our work and inform others too.
He know works alongside organisations such as “Human Right Watch” to raise awareness of the issues he has witnessed first hand whilst working on his projects.