Cw2 Final Project: Tribalism – Religion tribe

For my final portfolio I have decided to concentrate on tribalism. From the understanding in which I have gathered from the meaning of tribe, it is a social group conformed and represent a type of culture.

I want my images for the final portfolio to focus on religion, Islam in particular.I have chosen this specific genre, because I can substitute and relate, however also express a religious culture through understandings of images.

I want to photograph each image and represent ‘peace’ which is the meaning of the religion through holy places of worship, their dressing, what that means, through ornaments and the importance of their praying, prayer mats and so on.

My main focus is to be on detailed and close-up of each image I take. I have been inspired from some of Sanders work in relation to this idea. However this specific genre is a great ordeal to me.

My first plan is to set out some dates in trying to organise visits to mosques. This will be my main focus. The interior and architecture of the location and settings, focusing on detail. Focusing on the floor, the layout of prayer, people worshipping their God (Allah)

Close-up shots of peoples hands praying with prayer beads, to capture the  understanding and notion of it. The holy book, Qur’an. Very close and detailed shots of it.

I want to be able to capture 18-25 images focusing on different religious themes and put it together on a website which will then be able to tell my story for this final project.



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:







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:


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.



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.


‘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:








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









When studying the approach of tribalism I wanted to focus on a specific theme, such as religious tribes and culture stimulated differences. I acknowledged the fact that identifying these structures through pictures would be rather difficult however I had mainstreamed the ideas of how to portray certain features of the specific topics in which I want to portray.

I want to establish the religion Islam, through their understandings of clothing, ornaments, what each item means, their sacred holy place of worship and so on.

To combine the Asian culture and religion is quite broad in the sense that a lot of people within our current society still confuse the both.

I was more inspired to go for the religious tribe and I wanted to establish the Muslim religion culture as there are so many fascinating hidden stories.

So therefore I came down to the conclusion of adapting and focusing on telling a story or identifying some parts of that religion through photography.


For landscapes we was given a set task to be able to take long, landscape shots. It was the use of being able to practice these long shots in which we later could use towards our final project. This was useful because I was able to experiment the different lens on the Nikon dslr camera and export some skills and practice for later purposes. Also I was able to analyse the difference between the 18mm-55mm and the lens of 55mm-200mm.

Here are some of my shots established from this task:









Some of the angles produced from these images were amazing. Focussing the camera and cutting in the correct borders and edges for some of these shots were key essentials.



For alienation I decided to focus on the subject of people and social interaction through mobile devices and other technologies such as people using laptops or the regular use of people using their mobile phones within their day to day lives. In general I wanted portray people’s use and link to media.

When I went out to take my first load of pictures, it was quite difficult because I didn’t want people that I was taking photographs on, to acknowledge that I was photographing them because it would have automatically made them feel uncomfortable. Also, if I was to do it with taking their permission, they would have posed for the pictures. So therefore I wanted to focus on taking images of people using their mobile phones or other uses of technology without them identifying it, which would make it more realistic and natural which was my main focus for the project. An article by David Bates,  concept through representations and reality.

My main objective was to take images within public places, such coffee shops, outside in public areas, tubes etc.. Having to do this was more difficult as people would suspect you taking the images, and I wanted all my images of people using their devices as natural and real as possible.

Overall, I gathered pictures of people using their technologies, mobile devices and laptops in public as well as a social area.

Some research I did on social interaction, was based on photographer, Brian Megan. He reconstitutes the idea that socialising is the new interaction and the use of smartphones dominates our way of social interaction.

Here are some of the images of my perception of alienation below:







These images are all forms of social interaction and how people are drawn to the ideology of their technology, despite for what reasons, but it goes to show that technology plays a big role within our current society today.

Bibliography and group presentation powerpoint:

Group powerpoint presentation: [Last Accessed 21st March 2015]

The film ‘The Giver’ produced by Lois Lowry, is an inspiration to my work in which I have produced in the sense, that it has connection to the theme regarding ‘memories.’ Although the film has a different connection to the film in which I have produced for my project, the theory behind the film was the inspiration in which Lois had discovered by her fathers memory loss. In correlation to this, the movie that I had produced was to emphasize and adapt the good memories via old photographs, this is in order to show and make sense to the audience one type of ways in which a movie can be regarding ‘memories’ as a sense of theme. Lowry’s work is used as an inspiration because it is one method in showing how you can relate to flashback scenario’s, from a present scene in order to make relevance to any kind of synopsis. [Accessed 10th March 2015]

– Jane La: [Last accessed 9th March 2015]

Inspiration from her, with the split scenes, gave us ideas when we was making our film.This inspiration influenced me using different types of editing skills as well as picking up doifferent kinds of notions to build up a emotional yet understanding format, to improve as well as making the video clip interesting.

Written evaluation and URL link to video:

Overall, i believe to some extent we had evaluated a great quality skilled video, hitting the target of the film being with 2-3 minutes long. Our main synopsis had evaluated well with the film whilst producing it. We started off with some ideas relating to the theme ‘memories’ and created a storyboard. This helped us create and visualise an image in our heads and produce scenes in which we could make relating back to the key idea of our video.

The film was produced at home, although we thought we could have faced some difficulty with lighting and background noise, overall the film made-believe a homely environment, which connoted our loving memories which created the sense of memories and happiness which were also involved with our film-making project.

Their was different types of angles used as well as shots. Their were long shots, medium shots as well as close-up shots, re-defining the sense of meaning within the video.

Our target audience for the video, I would say its quite vague, due to film being produced is about memories, and our film connotations were focusing on happy memories, their wasn’t a necessary target audience at constant. As memory can define and be linked to any individual, especially if the flashbacks are made from looking back on old photographs. But I would say if we was to be precise, the age range group can be between anyone within the ages of 15-60 or even more.

After taking shots for different scenes, this was to create a sense of illusion of a scene portraying the present and also a visual image identifying the past again to connote the flashbacks looking back not memories. When the video was being films, none of the scenes made clear sense as their were more than one shot taken in order to connote the meaning to the film.

In order for us to break down each scene and make it come in altogether, we had to edit our film. We used final cut pro to edit our film. First thing we done was taken out all the repeated scenes that were not necessary, we kept the most great quality looking scenes as we wanted to use them to make our film look the best of qualities. One of the great qualities that i was very fond of was the use of voice playing in the background, creating feelings along side with the visual effect of the clock rewinding itself back fast. This created the beginning of a story put together relating to the theme. Also the split setting between the two scene, identifying ‘present’ and ‘past. We used edged effect to make this work.

Some things we could have improved could be, when we done our cutting out, i should have waited for the film roll off so that it made sense instead of just cutting out directly. Also the background music we had used, we could have toned it down a little. As well as the shakiness of the camera could have been more improved by taking more shots.

Overall, I would like to suggest that, via all our research and individual contribution we were able to put together a well scripted film using the skills gained from videography, as well as a lot of room for improvement for more tasks later on the course. The presentation and feedback allowed us to reflect back onto ourselves with positive as well as notes on improvement, which is was a great reflection to continue to help us do better.


Videography storyboard


In the image above is a storyboard of a rough idea of the video that we want to produce using skills, features and techniques given from videography alongside with sound. We have images connoting each scene and the significance of it relating back to the theme which of course is memory. This is to help us analyse and view each scene before recording, so that we can get the sense of understand and create images and scenes in our heads which will help us produce a great film. This also helps us break down the scenes and ideas created before we shoot each scene. Some of the images connote long shots, medium shots as well as close-ups. This helps us build an image as well as a sense of expectation from the film we produce. We are then able to view and discuss the things that did work and didn’t work, and talk about room for improvement. The task, practice and skills will better our skills as well structure for future relevance.

Video synopsis:

In this project our task given was to produce a film with the theme ‘memory.’ This can identify or literate many meanings. The idea chosen is to reflect back onto memory and show this with videography skills and portray a sense of meanings, through different angles and perspectives given a story to connote a visual sense of emotions and feelings, through the usage and skills, using videography and films, which can signify a sense of happy memories, past or present memories. This will be produced within three minutes, to show the usage of skills, reflecting through the theme.

The storyboard connotes some parts of the initiatives to the story play.

The idea produced was to use a film strip to be the first connotation to play a big part within the film. The time strip is to signify, the ‘person’ within the film looking back at some old photographs, portraying the sense of ‘memory’

Another key source which is important within the video is the key signification shown, to portray through the video, is to let the audience view and notice that the clock is going backwards. This is very important as it shows the importance of flashbacks, with the time going back to the past allows the audience to understand the difference between the two scenes.

The film was concentrated on a family home, with loving people, looking at the strips, to create the illusion of flashbacks. The idea of having split scenes, whilst one identifies the time as in, its present, and the other signifies the time as past, hopefully after the usage of final cut pro, to show the difference between the past and the present, identifying that the ‘person’ in present is looking back into the past, reminiscing good ‘memories.’

Background music, wise we wanted to use a slow melody of relaxing music, as the initiative idea of the video being filmed within a family home we wanted the genre of music to fit in and create the sense calmness and relaxation.

Alongside with background sound, we decided to use direct dialogue. A voice in which it creates a sense of emotions and feelings that will connect to our audience, creating a sense of meaning which relates back to our theme.

overall I hope as planned through our ideas, storyboard and other research in relation to our task topic, we are also able to create a a theme through the idea of memories to produce to the public.