Assignment 3 - Final images

Here's the overview of all images that I'm going to submit

Palace of Justice

This building used to function as a place of justice. People would be sentenced or proven innocent, files would be stored and stamped and handled with utmost care.. The architecture breaths importance and grandeur, long straight hallways symbolising the right and just. Nowadays, it  is a gathering place of personal histories, tragedies and crime. After the evacuation of the building, the archives were never moved and left to decay. The once important papers, stories and verdicts shattered around and eaten by goats. I read that there might still be quite a number of people still in jail because their files got lost. 

I wanted to show the decay, dustiness and messiness together with the grandeur of the building, the long hallways, pillars and doors. I took the photographs as early in the morning as possible, in order to not have too strong shadows and be able to show the dust and textures of the walls and floor. The photos are all a play of how the exterior is invading the interior and how the interior (furniture and files) looses its initial place and function.

Private house in Rufisque

This house was built during colonial times, when Rufisque functioned as the administrative capital of Senegal. The old center is very run down and most houses are inhabited be several families. This house stood out because it still showed some grandeur of the past. When I asked the lady if I could come in to photograph her home, she told me how this house has belonged to her family for generations. her living room still reminds of those times, but seemed to function more as a place of memory than an actual home. 

Especially in a dark interior like this, I knew that it was important to get the best angle and catch most of the natural light in there. Besides that, I found that the artefacts in the house were more important than the house itself, so tried to emphasise those through my compositions. I hope that the images invite its viewer to explore the image and discover all the details of this lady's life.

Shack behind my children's school

This building was not built in a planned way, it is a collection of items that were found in the area with which the people who live here were able to build a home. The school, flats and offices around it are in sharp contrast to the pile of junk that is made into a home. I am always amazed at the resilience of these people and how they are able to make a living under such harsh circumstances.

In contrast with the Palace of Justice and House in Rufisque, this building has not stood time, it is a temporary way of surviving an other few weeks. The material from which the shack is built and the household items however, do show a certain history and give function and importance to the place itself. I added the final image in which you can see how everything is taken away and a driveway has taken over. Again, in a very short time, the function of this place and items has changed.

Presse Café

Presse Café is a Canadian franchise that functions as a place where people can come over to work, eat, read the news paper or simply hang out with friends. The interior has an urban feel to it and elements of Canada, the colours, products and deer on the wall. In my images I especially wanted to focus on the urban feel o the place, the crisp colours and that it's a friendly place where you immediately feel at home and want to read the news paper with a good cup of coffee. 

In the selection of photographs I try to bring variety of close ups and images that give a bigger view of the place. Besides that I focused on the colours and style and the way people function and enjoy the cafe. 

Train Station Rufisque

In these images I mainly want to show how the function of the train station has broadened over the years. The images show how the train station has grown into a place where people live, walk through, store trash, socialise and work. As in a lot of public buildings, every corner is kind of inhabited and domesticated. 

When photographing the station at first I tried to get a shot of the entire station, showing the architecture and main function of the building. However, the closer I got, I was more taken by the details of what's going on and how every part seemed to have an other function. With the composition of the images I focused on how the light played with the shadows and let the colours be lively. The shadows show details of the architecture and give it a real train station feel.