Danijela Pruginic - No Man’s Land

This is a pretty personal project that I did over 10 years ago.  I was born in the former Yugoslavia and my family moved to Canada when I was 13 years old in order for me and my sister to have better opportunities in life.  We waited about 3 years for our visas to move to Canada with lots of uncertainty about whether it would even happen.  When we finally did get the visas and moved, about a month after moving to Canada, the 10 year war in Balkans erupted and I couldn't believe how closely we escaped living through a war.

I was heartbroken.  I lost both my grandfathers soon after the war started and we couldn't even go to the funerals.  I didn't understand how people that had supposedly lived so happily together under the communist regime, that sold us the illusion of a shared utopia, now were mortal enemies.  The war atrocities were horrendous and I felt completely cut off from my past.

16 years later I finally was able to go back and visit my old home town and the countryside where my parents grew up and where we spent many weekends together with family.  These images are from that trip.  It's taken me a long time to reconnect with my past so in some ways this project is ongoing.

Alfredo Betancourt - Camino Faces

I started at Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France, and rode about 800km more until I reached Santiago de Compostela two weeks later, in those two weeks I had one of the more intense experiences of my life. As always when I travel, I had my camera gear with me, and was thinking that the landscape and the architecture will dominate the images I'll take, so I hooked my 28mm into my Nikon 750D for this trip, I had also my 58mm with me "just in case I could take a portrait or two", but as you may know well, the best things in life are not the ones you plan ahead, and I ended up using my 58mm only! during the whole trip. Here are some of those portraits I took from all the people that crossed my way for 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days, for how long they did, it doesn't really matters, what matters is that they all count the same, they all leave something on me, something unique and special that I treasure, I hope I did the same for them. I'm happy to share now with you this portraits, and if you are thinking on doing someday the "Camino", my only advice is: "Just go and do it", It's a unique life experience that will change you forever, for sure.

Steve Hawkins - The Knoyle Mile

I'll be honest, I haven't got a clue how to explain it. I lived in West Knoyle until I was 5 and then visited often to stay with surrogate grandparents and aunties, all of whom are now gone.

The rose-tinted glass bit is that it's a small village in Wiltshire and things are slow to change in that environment. I can genuinely walk down the road and see things that I really "remember"

And then there are the bits that have changed.

The people too, but there are still those who still remember so I suppose what I'm saying is this IS going to be a nostalgia trip and a  reconnection for me, but is also going to be my take on the village in 2019, 41 years after I left..

Tad Barney - The Edge

I roam the streets, alleys and festivals of my Ohio town, camera in hand. I live on the edge of Appalachia, a river away from big-city Cincinnati. Crossing into Milford/Clermont County transcends something: a step back, a slower pace, gentility and even the problems of poverty and opioids. Milford is suburban and also the largest city in our more-rural county. More of the county than usual shows up for festivals, painting a very different portrait than a typical day in Milford.

Milford's Frontier Days carnival and Sparks in the Park draw locals and county outliers, where they spend their sometimes limited income on temporary carnival rides, games, beer and music.

I find the people-watching fascinating and a window into life, perhaps, more on the edge.

Jon Nicholls - Haligonians

I used a square format and black and white to emphasise the person as the subject, placed centrally. I asked them to look at the camera but not to smile to make it a more neutral representation of who they are and what they were feeling. 

I was influenced by the ethos, if not necessarily the style, of Hill and Adamson’s documentary approach.

Jenn Brookes - Double Exposures

These photographs are taken from my double exposures project, where I purely wanted to experiment with the process of taking photographs and what I could create from what I had available to me.

I used the most basic camera I had.

I also wanted a way to shoot as much film as possible on a budget. I carried this camera around with me for over a year and it went to Edinburgh, Budapest and lots of weddings. After every roll I would wind the film back and put it back in the camera. I developed and scanned each film at home. 

Tim Croudace - Firefighters

Firefighter - The job title and role seems simple enough to understand. What is not usually comprehended is the spectrum of environments which are worked in, which are often chaotic and distressing but also frequently bizarre and often humorous, with no rules as to when or which one you’ll find yourself in. 

The idea behind this project wasn’t just to illustrate this spectrum and its sporadic nature, but to illustrate the people working and responding to it, hence the title, ‘Firefighters’.

I work as a full time firefighter in the London Fire Brigade and felt after almost ten years, I had a clear understanding of what I wanted to show in humanising the job. 

It was extremely difficult and time consuming to get permission from management to carry out the project. With the staff shortage, I also had the major restriction of having to remain operational whilst making the pictures, which I naively thought wouldn’t become too much of an issue.

In the end it was. Maintaining professionalism as a firefighter was always going to take priority and so my camera was seldomly lifted at operational incidents, a vital aspect of the project.

It dragged on as I tried my best to fill in the gaps but I knew I was failing to meet my overall premise. 

With no realistic and foreseeable solution, I finished. 

I’ve chosen to highlight this work here for positive reasons however. Over the 6 months or so I was making this project, I learned invaluable lessons; from researching, and pitching ideas in boardrooms, to finding my own ways to create genuine trust in environments where people are often hostile or suspicious to people with cameras.

I also believe that I've made enough to shed new light on the people in this profession and illustrate the realities of some of the environments they work in. For this reason I am currently attempting to get a wider audience for this project, after all, to paraphrase David Hurn, “photographers shouldn’t put pictures in a box under a their beds and be the only ones to see them.”


Fabio Maccari - XA Shots

For me, photography is a daily need. There is no other way to explain why I take photos.

For the Take5, I decided to show you something unusual and apparently not structured: the first shots of my camera's film roll.

To save on money, I found a way to maximize the use of the film with a sophisticated loading technique, this gives me the opportunity to shot more than 40 exposures with a single roll, including a very fist (and partial!) one labelled "XA" on the film ribbon. 

Initially, I was not considering the "XA shots" as an opportunity, but I started pretty soon to take those shots seriously into account, composing the image using "only" the very right part of the frame.

These mutilated images are also part of this world like the standard ones, so why wasting them?

More importantly, this peculiar way of shooting revealed me an unexpected photographic dimension: a beautiful city coming out from the fog, a t-rex roaring during the time travel trip, a road that goes to nowhere like in a song from the Talking Heads.

This is a long term project, I'm will produce an album of 32 shots displayed in pairs so two photos will work together in every single double-face of the book.

If you fancy to see more of my work, please visit my Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dottormaku/.

Clare Moon - Genitals Do Not Define My Gender

Women come in all shapes and sizes. Some even have a penis. The transgender community is often frowned upon and for many years has been seen as a mental health issue. The big debate of nature versus nurture has been going for many years in relation to all that fit into the LGBT scene. Regardless of what our birth certificate says or what sex organs we have, some people strongly feel their gender is different. We are all human beings who deserve to live life how we feel comfortable and happy.

I wanted to deliver a series of images that may shock some, may provide a debate, but mainly may just change how people perceive a certain stereotyped group of people. This was the transgender community.

This didn't come out of the blue though, a few years prior to this I sold some unwanted clothes online and the lady came to collect them, a lady who had been born male. She told me her life story that day and it made me so angry at society for how she had been treated, just because she wanted to be who she was. This lady had been disowned, beaten, stabbed, had her home set on fire and many more things for over 30 years, all because she had been born in the wrong body.

I knew I needed to understand more and to do that I needed to put myself out there and get to know more about transgender women.

I had a huge response to adds I had posted and was invited into people's homes, out for meals and also invited to LFF. This is the first friday of every month when 100s of transgender, gay, lesbian and bisexual people come together for a night out in Leeds.