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Jan 05, 2016 14:09 |  #1

I am looking to start a project to highlight suicide.
I lost my own son last year to suicide as such I am aware of the sensitivity of the issue for the survivors.
I have an idea in regards to the shots I want to take and the plan not to show the act or identify anyone.
The Photos will only be titled using initials age and the date of death.
I am hoping if the project is good enough to exhibit it as a means of highlighting the extent of the issue here and the lack of government support.

The problem is I have no idea of how to go about this. Most of my photography is nature and purely for my own enjoyment. I have never done anything like this.
Any help or guidance would be great.
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Jan 05, 2016 14:15 |  #2

Hrm,

I guess it depends on how you want to showcase it. What kind of message you want to create. What kind of emotions and moods you want to evoke.

My immediate thought was black & white, low key, high drama lighting via speedlites/strobes, showcasing different ages, sexes, etc, in various settings that produce an emotion or mood.

Then my second thought was the bright, smiling photo of others, all ages and sexes, showing how something like suicide can be behind a bright smile and you not know it.

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Jan 05, 2016 14:16 |  #3

After losing my best friend a few months ago to suicide I've been considering doing a video or shoot of some sort too, but like you I couldn't think of how to approach it and frankly it's too painful for me to piece together.

Best of luck in figuring something out and I'm sorry for your loss.


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Jan 05, 2016 22:12 |  #4

So sorry for your loss. :-(

I hope your tribute to your son can help someone else out who is walking through a dark time. God bless.


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Jan 05, 2016 22:28 |  #5

Sadly a far to common theme. I am also working on a project along similar lines.

I think before you can decide how to do it you need to have a clear idea of what you want to do. Once you have decided what you want to say/show it becomes much easier to work out what style of photography would suit.


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Jan 06, 2016 02:31 |  #6

Lost my soul-mate to suicide six years ago. Also felt the need at the time to highlight the lack of real support from overstretched mental health services in the UK.

Perhaps go to support groups asking for input from sufferers of depression and their friends/families?

I'm sure you've found those of us touched by suicide tend to form a bond quite quickly. It's liberating and therapeutic to speak freely with people who just understand without need of explanation.


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Jan 06, 2016 05:31 |  #7

Thanks everyone,
I have a fair idea as to the shots and how I wish portray the idea.
The areas I am struggling with are.
How would I go about promoting it.
I think Gungnir answered my next one. I do feel those who have lost do form a bond.
Should I.
Is it a good idea.

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Jan 06, 2016 06:00 |  #8

Do it with but three images...an autopsy photo, a funeral photo, and a surviving family photo.


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Jan 06, 2016 07:25 |  #9

bernard0368 wrote in post #17846551 (external link)
How would I go about promoting it.

Should I.
Is it a good idea.

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Art isn't created because you think others will find it to be a good idea. It is an expression of who you are regardless of whether there is a market for the end product. I'm not using the term "market" in the commercial sense but more as a way of describing whether the goal of an exhibit to promote awareness is viable.

I would suggest getting all thoughts of pleasing other people out of your head. Concentrate on your vision and doing a good job representing the people who have been lost. If I am to make some assumptions, all that is truly important is creating a bond with others in a similar situation, and creating a memorial of sorts to the lost loved ones. I think if you forget about all the rest you will be more free to express your vision. In the end that will make your project more heartfelt to both the people involved in its creation and to the general public. If you can be true to your vision and it eventually provokes a response, public awareness will happen without much work.

Hope all of you who have lost loved ones find peace.


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Jan 06, 2016 08:44 |  #10

My step-sister took her life several years ago, I just recently found out that she was the victim of spousal abuse. If I were to attempt to do any photos depicting this I'd try to find some way to illustrate the bruised victim being hit, the victim suffering in silence, the abusing spouse appearing to outsiders as a wonderful person, and maybe a 'freedom moment' when the abused spouse escapes the situation (which unfortunately doesn't happen often enough). I have no clue how I'd approach the project, I'm not nearly as artistically inclined as others here. I applaud your efforts.




  
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Jan 07, 2016 16:49 |  #11

@ left hand brisket, I think you that you have summed it very well, thanks.
I have decided to go ahead with this project. I hope I will do my son and those survivors I am about to approach justice.


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Jan 07, 2016 17:06 |  #12
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With our governments legalising euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, it's highly unlikely you'll get any success with making them more aware of this problem and/or getting any support or 'justice'. Nor do we need any more legislation, really; frankly, all this cumbersome overlegislation is one of the reasons that pushes some people off the cliff.

Thus, I'd suggest you aim your project more towards your son's memory and reaching out to individual persons instead of social activism. On the other hand, you can also help those who see nothing but darkness, within and without, by continuing your nature photography and exhibiting it. Shewing people that in spite of all the weltschmerz there's still goodness and beauty in this broken world is not only a step in the right direction, but usually more effective than the shocking value and/or the presentation of a false alternative that some of them are seriously considering.

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Jan 08, 2016 05:56 |  #13

bernard0368 wrote in post #17848920 (external link)
@ left hand brisket, I think you that you have summed it very well, thanks.
I have decided to go ahead with this project. I hope I will do my son and those survivors I am about to approach justice.

I can't begin to know the extent of your loss, as I have only had distant experience with this kind of sadness, but I do know, that as an artist, my best pieces have come from the heart. Start your project and you will feel the flow begin, and it will take it's own direction.

Left Handed Brisket accurately summed up the reason for art IMO.


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Jan 08, 2016 16:52 |  #14

OK, so...I don't know how to respond to this...

I lost a loved one to apparent suicide, gosh, 45 years ago...

And then, I lost a son 22 years ago to a car accident, not suicide, but still, we have to deal with loss, including the loss of my brother who was murdered not quite 10 years ago...

I guess what I'd like to express is that the depth of loss is not so suiting to just having a photo "gallery" because there is so much to bring across, but I don't know what I'd suggest there...sure I have some photos, but nothing that will convey...

But some of the comments here do convey something meaningful, if you put together something that can convey, then more power to you...!!!


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Jan 08, 2016 17:29 |  #15

Seems like your intentions are pure, I would not worry about stepping on toes. If someone is offended, they got other issues of their own they need to deal with, it's not about them - it will never be about them.

As far as using intials, I am not sure what is to gain from it, the basics such as age / gender should be sufficient to drive the point home.




  
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