Desire Lines Richard Evans
Cinderella Moment Richard Gilligan
Hyena Men Pieter Hugo
Living with the Bomb Sean Sutton
Still Standing Tim Hetherington
Midnight Arlene Gottfried
Voices of the Quiet Revolution Vanessa Winship
Exodus Rip Hopkins
Hand to Mouth Tessa Bunney
“The way we live our lives” – this is the predominant theme of this issue of EI8HT. Our stories cover a mixed bag of photographic styles: portraiture, landscapes, still life, reportage, yet they all take a point of view on how people lead their lives and the forces at work that may challenge or change their existence. Sometimes triumphant, sometimes defeated, what the photographs in this issue do share is a yearning for self-determination.
In Georgia, a country shaking off the shackles of the past, we glimpse a nation stumbling over memories even as it heads towards a new future. We can see this too in the daily life of a community in Laos, the recent past buried dangerously close to the surface – bombs and bomblets littering a whole village’s future.
In Midnight’s story, it is a man’s psycho-logical landscape which seems pitted with craters. Living with schizophrenia has directed and moulded Midnight sometimes beyond recognition and a stable existence by others’ standards is out of reach. Reaching for life is a theme taken up by Uzbekistan, a nation ill at ease, full of people dreaming of moving or returning to another country; and Romania, where a mountain community strives to retain its age-old way of life against the influences of new found wealth.
And lastly but by no means least, we are reminded, in Banda Aceh, of how precarious all existence on this planet really is. Witness a force of nature of such incredible power that it washes away all life. Leaving behind a canvas so bleak that a simple lone house is able to somehow remind us of what makes life worth living.