Loredana Denicola – Photo Scratch #12 write-up

I heard about Photo Scratch at Four Corners, where I am part of LCN (London Creative Networking) program. I decided to apply to showcase my unfinished project “Love, Sex & Relationships’.

I felt I was in need of feedback and conversations to understand how ‘others’ could perceive my project and personal message. The project is unfinished. It comprehends few sections on which I am working (video, photography, book). I feel it is a bit confusing at this stage, too many things together and I was looking for clearer advice on how to better organise my ideas.

I began this project in 2015 while I was in an abusive relationship for 9 months. I was consciously aware of the damage that I was doing to myself but I read somewhere that there is an opportunity in any problem we encounter.

I thought to get out from the anxiety caused by my relationships and I decided, as escape, to interview couples and individuals, mostly strangers or friends of friends, who are or were in a love, sex & relationships. I met 27 people, I asked all of them the same questions that were struggles for me at that moment of my life, collecting 40 hours of interviews, which I summarized in 6 hours of video editing, 17 pictures plus a video trailer of presentation, a book and a short video where I explain what I learn through the process of conversations of Love, Sex & Relationships.

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 video and the pictures that I selected. I saw that spectators were interested and touched by the stories presented. I was pleased for the interest showed, and some of them were queuing to watch the video, which made me proud.

After watching the interview, they were interacting with me, complementing and giving me feedback, either positive & negative and some precious advice that made me think that the project has potentiality to be presented in a gallery and in a 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 cleaned, a much tighter edit and a much clearer narrative would help. I am aware about the length, none would watch 6 hours of video but at least I want to give 20 min of talk of each person interviewed as they gave me their precious time, their memories and they talk about 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 breathe 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 total experience gave me more confidence in pursuing my dreams through 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 all of 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.



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