Jun 7, 2019

NEWS: Just Six Degrees


Elaine Constantine on Daniel Meadows: “It’s the work of a person who has tirelessly tried to communicate the stories of ordinary people, their motivations and triumphs as well as their humble and changing circumstances”

The latest from Just Six Degrees: fashion photographer Elaine Constantine writes about documentarist Daniel Meadows

If George Orwell was the modern writer of the people then Daniel Meadows is very much the modern British photographer of the people. Both men went to great lengths to understand the lives of the British working classes before making them the subject of their work. Orwell lived the life of an itinerant beggar or kitchen hand in preparation for Down and Out in Paris and London and Meadows, from a similar background to Orwell, spent the early seventies traveling the country in his Free Photo Bus, getting to know how the working classes lived and what they thought, often living with his subjects for periods of time before committing them to film.

It’s not the work of a self-publicist, like many photographers of our day, it’s the work of a person who has tirelessly tried to communicate the stories of ordinary people, their motivations and triumphs as well as their humble and changing circumstances. 

I’m sure he is more fascinated by the people he chooses to photograph than in the photographs themselves. Something tells me he has very little interest in cameras, only what they frame and who they capture.

For many of his photo stories he decided, either at the time or many years later, to make audio interviews with his subjects and has since brought the two mediums together in Vimeo experiences for us to observe. A commitment of time and sympathy that may be difficult to imagine in our fast-moving, digitised and culturally segregated world.

Please look him up if you’ve not heard of him as he’s created some extraordinary and compassionate work. If you can find some time to follow the links below I’m sure you will be compelled, like I was, to discover more. I think you’ll agree that there are many beautiful moments and stories here, and Meadows so much wants you and me to know a little of the people he finds inspiring. 

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Musician Roísín Murphy nominated fashion photographer Elaine Constantine. Constantine nominated documentary photographer Daniel Meadows. Meadows nominated zine publisher Craig Atkinson.  Atkinson nominated Magnum photographer David Hurn.  Hurn nominated journalist Laura Freeman.

Jun 7, 2019

Elaine Constantine on Daniel Meadows: “It’s the work of a person who has tirelessly tried to communicate the stories of ordinary people, their motivations and triumphs as well as their humble and changing circumstances”

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In the UK when we ask: "Where are you from?" we want to know a lot more than just your place of birth.

This story is about the England I come from.

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Inspirations: 2 of 10

Two astonishing Digital Stories. Late 1990s.

Home Movies (aka The Turn Film) celebrates Atchley's grandfather's annual ritual of marching his four sons out of the house, walking them up the garden path and then telling them to do a 360 degree turn for the camera. By editing several of these "turn" clips together Atchley gives us a beautiful yet funny sequence of a family growing up, something he reflects upon in voice-over. Time is telescoped.

Redheads is narrated, both to camera and in voice-over, by Atchley's mother Martha who tells of her childhood growing up on a farm in western New York State.

I paid my first visit to Atchley's Next Exit site in the spring of 2000 and we immediately began an email exchange. He invited me to attend a Centre for Digital Storytelling workshop in Berkeley, California, later that year... which I did.