I want to document the effects the austerity measures have created. The struggle families go through to provide the basic necessities for every day living. The struggle young people go through to find work and the punitive measures used against them if they fail. To explore the changes it has made in the definition of poverty and how it differs in the 21st century.

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‘Poverty is a state of mind’ Damn the government and it’s dictates.

‘Poverty is a state of mind’ Damn the government and it’s dictates.

The Project.

To document the effects of the austerity measures  implemented  by the Tory government over the past 5 years on the common working man.

I want to document the effects the austerity measures have created.  The struggle families go through to provide the basic  necessities for every day living. The struggle young people go through to find work and the punitive measures used against them if they fail. To explore the changes it has made in the definition of poverty and how it differs in the 21st century.

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‘Poverty’

the state of being extremely poor. synonyms, penury, destitution,  privation, deprivation, impoverishment, neediness, hardship, impecuniousness, beggary, pauperism. dictator, grind down, tyrannise, command, order, decree, demand, bidding, mandate, injunction, statute, ultimatum, ordinance, edict, behest.

There have been so many changes to the benefit system. No longer do you get to sign on, walk out the door and collect your money. Now it is job searching 6 days a week and prove it. They have moved the posts on disability benefits. Where once you were helped if you couldn’t do certain things, now you are helped because you can do certain things, only this way there are significantly more people taken off the benefit than are helped. We now have ‘sanctions’ the suspension of your benefit if you don’t toe the line. I want to document the struggle, heartache, despair, that is felt by the people who perhaps didn’t vote in the Tory government and to do that i want to produce a body of photographic work that will show case the emotion, bring to your attention the abject poverty modern families find themselves in.  To show you the effects of the reforms on men, women and children and what it can do to their mental well being.

Primarily using black and white prints i will produce a body of work, printed on high quality fine art papers by Permajet, using Epson UltraChrome K3 inks on Portrait 300 paper. The initial work will be show cased during the Chester Art Fair in November 2016,  i then hope to find a gallery to display the finished project in 2017. I also would like to produce a photo book of the exhibition for sale both during and after the exhibition. Depending on funding i would like to produce a coffee table book which is very in vogue at present.

With the money I generate through this campaign, I hope to cover travel costs, meals, donations where necessary, and a wide angle lens. I am a landscape photographer I don’t have a suitable lens for the type of work I will be exploring. Prints for my portfolio and a gallery copy of my photo book for the purposes of  showing to Galleries with a view to an exhibition and publishing.

Poverty

This study is something very close to my family. Several years ago because of the changes the government made to our benefits system I was seen to be ‘fit for work’. After being considered ‘disabled’ enough for help for many years I was now expected to go out and find a job, any job and get on with it.  From being cared for by the government the disabled, like myself and those unable to find work due to things such as age, education or even just the area they live in have found themselves vilified and tossed aside by those who had been there for them.  This isn’t a story about my hard luck but it is a window into  how I found out that the poverty today is very different from that of poverty in previous eras. I have heard stories from other people, looked into how the government are changing their policies, even their speech, when it concerns work, unemployment, disability and researched through dept charities. I have found that we were living in poverty even before my benefits were stopped. The definition of poverty in the 21st Century is hugely different now, no longer is it bare footed ragamuffins living in squalor with holes in their clothes, not knowing where their next meal  will come from. Now poverty is defined by how large your television is, if you have a playstation, xbox etc and if your family can afford a holiday once a year.

I studied Art at college with the aim of becoming a Graphic Designer, and became hooked on photography in the process. After having my children I took up my camera again, I started studying online and listening to advice from local and very talented photographers, then I practiced, practiced, practiced.     https://www.flickr.com/photos/klawrenceuk/

I love to go out into the countryside, and before I start photographing anything I like to research where I am headed and how what I find there will augment the photograph I compose. I love landscapes and seascapes – being able to portray the emotions I feel when I look out over a turbid sea or over a field at sunset. https://500px.com/karenlawrence

Being able to capture a bird in flight, a squirrel scampering up a tree, or the harsh realities of a group of people waiting at a food bank because they have run out of money and cant feed their families, I want to capture these emotions and show them to others to see the world through my eyes. I have now gotten to a point where I hope to do more and I think that bringing together the images for this project will bring a voice to the people who are hit hardest by the austerity cuts our government are intent on introducing in a vain bid to cut our national dept. https://spikeymousephotography.co.uk/poverty-is-a-state-of-mind

Sunset over Hilbre Island

Three Queens

I started my photography business three years ago by starting small and selling my work at artisan markets. I then began to exhibit and sell my work at larger Art Fairs in Liverpool and Chester, and I also sell online https://karen-lawrence.pixels.com/. My work has been featured in local papers, I have contributed feature articles for The Lake, a general interest magazine serving coastal Wirral.

 https://www.lakemagazine.co.uk  

The paper Photo Magazine https://tinyurl.com/zggbx6z,  has featured the ‘Poverty is a state of mind’ post from my website. I have exhibited in the Williamson Art Gallery, The Gallery Liverpool, Liverpool Contemporary Art Fair, Chester Art Fair. I won the Peoples Choice Award Life through a lens 2012, shown on the billboards in Times Square during the Art takes Times Square competition, and I was awarded a Silver in the gallery competition in Wirral’s Festival of Firsts  and have various other online awards.

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