Some time ago I had the idea for a photo project which I started but for a number of reasons I didn’t feel able to to continue. The idea was called “What’s precious?” and is a collection of photographs of people holding something which is precious that they can only fit into their hands. When I take a photograph, I like to try and tell a story and incorporate different aspects of the people, the place and where possible the emotion behind it. This project seems to have all of that and so I have decided to resurrect it. The images here are the start of the project and give an idea of how the finished images will look.
The aim of the project will be to capture images of people hands, holding what is precious to them and to record in a few sentences or less why it is important to them. The photographs will be anonymous with just a first name captured and with the description written below. It will not only be a way for people to show what is precious to them, but also to tell people anonymously and possibly for the first time, why a seemingly innocuous object is so precious to them. The end result? In one year I will be publishing the images in a coffee table book, which will tell a very short story, which along with the image will provoke thought, discussion and emotion.
So how will I do this? I have decided that with each photo shoot that I undertake, I will be asking people to also bring along the item and allow me to photograph it, to tell me what it means to them and to take part in the book. So this blog is really a call to action and an invitation. If you’d like to take part in the project and you’re in the Sussex, Kent or London area then please contact me at the e-mail address below or via twitter. I’m hoping for some really interesting, surprising images and thought provoking images with the stories behind them to emerge. All names will of course be kept completely confidential. Thank-you for reading and I hope that you’ll get in touch and take part!
e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
twitter : @mundialphoto