Julian Germain is one photographer I have looked at over the past year and has influenced my own work, is my second year project of my great grandma who lives in Ellerker. Carrying on from second year I wanted to expand on this idea and from looking at Germain’s work again the way the photographs are taken inspires me again for this project. Even though the images are taken of just one subject his surroundings around him have a massive impact of these images personally. From photographing my project the main subject being the village I feeling like including personalities from the village with impact my images also introducing my family into my project.
The series ‘For every minute you are angry you loose sixty seconds of happiness’ is made over 8 years of the quiet, contemplative existence of Charles Snelling, an elderly man living alone in a small house in Portsmouth, his images of Charles Snelling are also shown alongside pages of Snelling’s own photo albums.
‘I met Charles Albert Lucien Snelling on a Saturday in April, 1992. He lived in a typical two up two down terraced house amongst many other two up two down terraced houses…it was yellow and orange. In that respect it was totally different from every other house on the street……Charlie was simple, gentle, man. He loved flowers and the names of flowers. He loved colour and surrounded himself with colour. He loved his wife. Without ever trying or intending to, he showed me that the most important things in life cost nothing at all. He was my antidote to modern living.’ Julian Germain, from the book ‘for every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’, SteidlMack, 2005
“…’For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’ is a template model for what critical engagement should try to achieve in our day and age: forget the ‘winners’ and the ‘losers’ and provide examples of people who operate in a different forcefield. People who are not gasping, not filled with self- importance and not embittered, people with profound and understanding of who they are and what they stand for, something that cuts across all cultures.” Hans Aarsman, from ‘Do we just keep complaining about injustice or do we set an example?’
From these quotes and information about the work of Julian Germain the description of charlie and sense and message ‘for every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness’ gives of the finding your purpose in life relatives to the way I want to express the way Ellerker works and people in this community.