VISUAL STORY TELLING
Conor Ashleigh, photographer, recently spent six weeks with four families from Syria, Iran and Sri Lanka who have all been reunited in Glasgow.
He is currently exhibiting photos from this latest project 'Starting Again', commissioned by the British Red Cross.
Can you tell me how you came to be involved with the British Red Cross, and this project in particular?
I recently moved to Scotland and was approached by the team at the British Red Cross to work on this collaborative project with them. They had seen my long term work in Australia and in other countries, documenting stories of individuals, families and communities displaced by conflict.
How important is photography in truthfully portraying the global movement of people from conflict?
Photography is a powerful medium no doubt, but I am wary to say photography is a medium that always conveys truth. Too often a picture is held up as a beacon of truth while the ethics, or the context surrounding how the picture was taken is forgotten.
For me as a documentary photographer, I see the most important aspect of my photography is the relationship between the photographer and the people they seek to document. Representation, where a person is willing and proud to have their story told is really important.
I've been really lucky here to have had such an opportunity with four wonderful families.