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My experience at Photo Scratch @ Four Corners

Updated: Dec 12, 2021

I heard about Photo Scratch at Four Corners, where I am part of LCN (London Creative Networking) program.

I applied to showcase my unfinished project love, sex and relationship.

I felt I was in need for feedback and conversations to understand how ‘others’ could perceive my work.

The project is unfinished.

It comprehends few sections (video, photography, book).

I felt it needed more clarity,

It was a bit confusing, so I thought that could have been a great experience showing my video-photography project and asking for feedback at Photo scratch.

I was looking for clearer advice on how organise better my ideas.

Mobile Upload - 'Love, Sex & Relationships' @ Four corners during Photo Scratch event, 2017
Mobile Upload | Love, Sex & Relationships | Four Corners | Photo Scratch event 2017 | Loredana Denicola

I began love, sex and relationships video-photographyproject in 2015, while I was in an abusive relationship for 9 months.

This time, I was consciously aware of the damage that I was doing to myself, living a such unhealthy relationship.

My ex boyfriend was violent. He is violent.

I thought I could manage depression and anxiety, and to get out of that anxiety I decided to look for an escape - art.

So I acted.

I interview couples and individuals, mostly strangers or friends of friends who are or were in a "love, sex and relationships".

I met 27 people. I asked them the same questions that were tormenting me at that time in my life, collecting 40 hours of interviews, which I summarized in 6 hours of video editing, 17 photos plus a presentation trailer video, a book and a short video explaining what I learned through the 'love, sex and relationships' conversation process.

What did I learn from this experience at Photo Scratch?

To start with, I am very happy for the feeling of intimacy that people perceived listening to the extract of videosand the pictures that I selected.

I saw them interested and touched by the stories presented.

I was pleased for the interest showed, and some of them were queuing to watch my video, which made me proud.

After watching the interviews, they have interact with me. They complimented me and gave me some feedback, both positive and negative, and valuable advice that made me think that the project has the potential to be presented in a gallery and in a photo book.

Some of them told me how to organise the project in a gallery.

That was funny but some good ideas came out.

The editing needs to be clean; a much tighter edit and a much clearer narrative would help.

I am aware about the length of my video, none would watch 6 hours of video.

Except myself.

At least, I want to give 20 min to each person interviewed as they gave me their precious time, memories and they talked of very personal issues.

'Excellent, just need more editing work....'

'The video is really beautiful. You start listening not knowing what you are getting into and it becomes really intimate and you start to develop almost a personal connection with the people being interviewed, especially with the stories you can relate to...'

'Very personal and intimate. How did you do to get connected in that way?''

'Powerful, it is incredible how people open up to you...very real..I felt incredibly connected...'

'Intimacy is very powerful.You breath it... It is multimedia project, so probably it needs installation/exhibition/gallery. A limited edition of a book would work well'

'Portrait are amazing...maybe bigger pictures would have work better...'..and more

The experience gave me more confidence in pursuing my ideas.

I have been working on this project for two years, I feel that it needs to be realised and now I am totally convinced that it will be successful.

There are many obstacles in my way (editing, English correction, layout of the book, publishing, money etc…) and there is lot of work to do but I see them as an opportunity to grow up professionally and as a human being.

Thank you Photo Scratch for the opportunity. It was a pleasure to be there.

What is Photo Scratch?

Photo Scratch is an opportunity for documentary photographers to understand how their work is perceived and gain valuable insight into how to take their work further with the benefit of other people’s outside eye.

For spectators this is an opportunity to preview projects, offer feedback, and engage in conversations about photography.