“I take pictures of people from such varied backgrounds and cultures and ethnicities, but in the end we’re all just human beings” (Martin Schoeller)
The purpose of my photographic project is to address the issues surrounding immigration and identity. In particular I have focused my work on UK citizens, as well as people who have legally moved to the UK to live. Many of these have changed countries to build a better life in areas of work, study and safety. However, they have also experienced moments of negativity that can arise from stereotypes and discrimination. Each individual’s story is different; they have all migrated from a different place, but essentially when we see the images together, we are reminded of the similarities between us. We’re all human beings and we all strive for the same thing in life. Happiness.
The stories within this project are based around people who are currently living in South Wales. Using interviews and photographs, I have explored each person’s response to moving to a new place, and the people they have met. It has been important to address how these people have fitted in with the British culture, whilst staying true to themselves. Furthermore, it has been interesting to challenge our expectations in terms of appearance. This has been shaped by our influence of politics, history, religion and geography. However, when we see these images we start to question the change in appearances amongst cultures and the assumptions we have.
Immigration is a complex issue. However throughout this project, I have been able to explore how these individuals are making a new life and a positive contribution to society.