Reflection- Walter Astrada

During this lesson we learnt about the use of multimedia and immersive photojournalism.

Walter Astrada puts people from disenfranchised communities at the heart of his images and shows a human aspect that you maybe wouldn’t see in mainstream journalism.

His work showing the plight of women and baby girls in India at a time when sons were the required child is extremely powerful and clearly shows that, in the not too distant past, awful predjudice still existed in developed/developing countries in a way few would have realised.

We were shown a short documentary about his work on this subject and I noted that, aside from people involved being interviewed, the images he took told us everything we needed to know because of the power of them.

Looking at his work called Undesired missing women of India you get a genuine sense of the desperate situations these women found themselves in just by looking at the pictures he has taken of both them and of the men who were treated almost like royalty compared to the women.

Astrada has obviously immersed himself in that culture and gained the trust of the women who’s story he is telling, and brought it to vivid life with the human aspect being very much the centre of the story.

Reflection on a shortened cats session

We started looking at photojournalism today in particular the work of Don McCullin. Due to an unfortunate situation the session had to be somewhat truncated but what we saw on video of the work by Don McCullin was very useful.

Seeing some of the images he captured was very eye opening. His attention to detail is excellent and I got a real sense of feeling from the photos which, he famously once quoted, he wanted people to get from them.

Seeing him go back into a war zone a few years ago was also very informative and it seemed to give off a real sense of his, and the people’s, desperation and seemed to show his own feelings at being in another war zone so many years after he had been in Vietnam.

Seeing him at various stages in his life was also very interesting especially when seeing the effect that the things he was photographing were having on him personally.

I particularly learnt about some of the effects that war journalism can have on a person and what sort of person it takes to be able to communicate particularly desperate situations to the person seeing it through the media.

It also taught me about the sense of timing a photographer needs to capture a particular image.