Dean O'Brien's Blog

Library of Birmingham Exhibition

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Earlier today I travelled over to the Library of Birmingham to deliver my image which will be exhibited later this month.  It’s been tough choosing just one image for Grain Photography Hub.  Although many images are strong enough to stand alone, recently I’ve become used to creating a narrative with a set of images.  Looking more at how groups of images work and flow together to tell a story rather than individual images.

After much deliberation I settled on the image below.  It’s strong, and in my opinion tells the story very well.  It’s not simply a juxtaposition of young and old, although I suppose aesthetically that works.  The meaning of the image runs a lot deeper and raises some important issues

Images such as this were used during the Euro 2012 tournament to tempt male football supporters from across Europe to Ukraine.  In a country struggling economically, with 3.5 million women more than men, many feel that images such as these seek only to exploit a country that already has fertile ground for sex tourism and people trafficking.

This image is part of a much larger project which I am currently working on Beauty and the Eastwhich aims to document the obsession with beauty in Ukraine.

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  1. Terrific stuff Dean, will try to get along to see that – well done!

    grahamwphillips

    January 8, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  2. Wow, that image… just wow. I can stare at it for ages.

    crazyaboutukraine

    January 9, 2014 at 10:12 am

    • Thanks. I’m glad you like it. There’s more to come over the next few months.

      Dean O'Brien

      January 9, 2014 at 10:47 pm


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