Copyright - Alexander Bartsch
Tuesday, 31 March 2009
Crna macka, beli macor (1998)
Dom za vesanje (1988)
Friday, 27 March 2009
A nice little follow up to my last post on terrorism.. I was shooting in the city today when the 2 coppers stopped me and asked me what I was doing. I am taking pictures. Pictures of what? Pictures of nothing and everything. Apparently someone reported me for looking suspicious. They also said that they i might have matched the description (a man with a camera seemed to be the most precise description they could give me) of someone suspicious taking pictures of Bank station earlier today. I was never there. They seemed to have made that up as an excuse for stopping me. Thankfully, with the new terrorism act, they don't really need any grounds of suspicious to stop and search anyone!
The back of this slip explains your rights as a citizen when getting stopped by police. It states that police officers need strong grounds for suspecting you to be involved in criminal activity. i.e they have seen you carrying a knife, which gives them the right to stop and search you. As you carrying reading, you get to the section 44 act (terrorism) which states that they do not need any ground for suspition to stop you! Well there goes your initial human right! and in this case mine. They questionned me, took my oyster card number (got rid of that!), credit card number, address, website (bit of advertisment), checked my photos on my phone, my notes i had in my back pocket, searched me. Remember that I have done nothing against the law yet. Exept from this next photo. Cause recently they passed a new law where you are not allowed to take photos of police anymore (more terrorism security). If i was gonna be treated like a criminal, I might as well break to the law! Notice how gay I managed to make him look!
After they gave me the pink slip, they wanted to photocopy my notes. By this time I had spend half an hour with these idiots, i missed my lunch and I was getting impatient and pissed. I refused to let them do that so they copied useless info onto they pad. I insisted to take a photo of that for my own record.
Some info on photographers' rights here
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
Sunday, 22 March 2009
Admist the apparent growing prosperity of India, there is a dark underbelly of poverty of another side of the nation that is little known. This film is a chronicle of filmmakers Zana Briski and Ross Kauffman's efforts to show that world of Calcutta's red light district. To do that, they inspired a special group of children of the prostitutes of the area to photograph the most reluctant subjects of it. As the kids excel in their new found art, the filmmakers struggle to help them have a chance for a better life away from the miserable poverty that threatens to crush their dreams.
Great documentray set within the brothels of Culcutta. The colours of the city are beautiful. Definately a place i want to shoot in the future. The kids are given cameras (yashica T4s i think, need one of them) and left to shoot their surroundings. The results are a truthful insight into thier world and lives and new found interest and opportunities for them? Highly recommended. Bless!