About the photographer:
My name is Rose Hartley and I am a 23-year-old from Australia who has just graduated from the AFTRS (Australian Film Television and Radio School) where I completed a Diploma in Camera. I am currently writing this from Dheisheh Refugee Camp in the State of Palestine, where I am teaching filmmaking at a school for a few months. After 4 years of studying my Bachelor of Psychology and Sociology at the University of Sydney, I am dedicating this year to exploring my passion for, and commitment to, photojournalism and documentary filmmaking as a career. I’ve been interested in photography and film my entire life but up until the past few years, I mistakenly dismissed it as a hobby. What draws me to documentary photography and filmmaking is its powerful potential for social change. I believe that a photo has the ability to put a human face on the vast impersonal conflicts that merely flash by on our TV screens or phones.
About this series:
“framed” is a photo series that depicts people from around the world who are framed by their structural and physical environments. The series aims to expose how there is a symbiotic relationship between an individual and their broader contextual environment. On one hand, the subject accentuates elements of the context which may have otherwise been ignored without them, on the other, the structural elements in their environment that are shaping them within the picture expose particular elements and sensibilities of the person. The photos were taken in India, Japan, the Philippines, Iran, Spain, Portugal, India, and Georgia. The series was shot on a Canon A-1 with 35mm film to highlight the power of one-shot film photography by which each photo is a permanent, immutable, and untarnished form of storytelling. Particularly in times of political, social, economic, or cultural upheaval, photos have the capacity to communicate a significant part of a story that is unable to be put into words. The power of storytelling that photos have is undeniable and I believe the medium of film can produce these in its truest form.