Tribalism

For this topic, I wanted to focus on the social context of culture. Expand on ideas and portray images of a specific culture, in which had a significant meaning behind it. My first initial idea was to take photographs of a traditional Asian wedding. However, it was quite difficult in getting access to do so. But I still wanted to concentrate on the Asian culture itself in general, through traditional clothing such as wedding outfits. Specific locations which are more Asian populated within London. Overall I wanted to establish the Asian culture through detailed photography.

I set out to Asian populated areas such as green street, Aldgate and Shoreditch and had a fantastic opportunity their to establish cultural shots just through the locations and traditional shops there, such as clothes shops etc…

Here are some of my images:

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As you can see I was able to establish the Asian culture through fashionable statements  and locations based within London. This culture creates its own tribe through the sense of its own unique traditions.

 

Here are some more draft sketches in which I took representing culture and traditions within Asian households:

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This image signifies a traditional ‘knife’ and traditional mangos being cut. The focus on the Indian gold bangles also represent culture, and one of the traditions of Asian married woman is to wear bangles.

 

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This is another image in which I believe represents culture, a lot of households contain the Shisha pipe, its used on special occasions or even on a daily basis.

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Diaspora:

‘A diaspora is a large group of people with a similar heritage or homeland who have since moved out to places all over the world.’

In this topic I decided to look at a particular group who have similar personalities, thinking outside of the box in the sense of a social group forming together and sharing their unique desire. In this form I concentrated on the locations and streets full of graffiti.

I set out to take images in the streets of Shoreditch, Camden and Brick lane. Along the streets of Shoreditch and Brick lane especially I was able to identify many street art, other known as graffiti.

Some of these Graffiti’s done by specific individuals signifies their stories and meanings to specific subjects.

 

Here are some of my images:

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These images create a sense of story, and behind each art, the artist who creates these graffiti’s has their own personality, and all artists that create these types of images shows that they are linked. They all form some sort of connection. From the way they produce some of their work. Majority of them are highly talented, they all have one thing in common which is the signature post. They all initialise their names or whatever they are other known as to identify who their work was created by.

 

Here’s some work that I looked at by St John Stamford which inspired me into the notion of understanding one’s culture and idolising their unique connection with one another

 

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These images are created by particular gangs. They use their own way of communicationg, representing their culture as well as use their ‘way of art’, graffiti to offer as an indicator of gang related activities.

From my representation and understanding of Diaspora it can be visualised as a small group who have specific things in common. In this case, such as expressing their emotions understandings through this type of criminalistics art.

A diaspora (from Greek διασπορά, “scattering, dispersion”) is a scattered population whose origin lies within a smaller geographic locale. Diaspora can also refer to the movement of the population from its original homeland