Silvie Koanda’s Blog

October 6, 2009

Final Project- A washing line breaking perspectives

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I travelled to Burkina Faso in order to hold an exhibition in my uncle’s village, situated 1hour from the capital Ouagadougou, in the outskirts of Koulgorin.

There, my uncle Issaca lives with his 3 wives, and 10 children.  He is the head of the village; he stands above Adama, Karim and Seidu all with 3 wives, and a collaboration of 27children.  Karim has left the village to work on a plantation in the Ivory Coast, and unfortunately Seidu passed away this summer leaving his 10 children fatherless.

I wanted to hold an exhibition in the village, as I realised that my family there knew nothing of our life here.  When we arrive in the village ‘nazarrra’ is screamed by the children, which means white people, as my mother being a Colombian stands out among the family, and my hair and clothes, features don’t quite match theirs.

The family are from the Mossi tribe, and they speak moorè.  The Mossi are one of the biggest ethnic groups in Burkina Faso, which has up to 63 groups in total.

They have no idea how I live, and what my London can be like.  I wanted to show, and share what I could with them.  I wanted to make them my critics, curators, and audience.

I am in the process of editing and captioning the images, so that they can be displayed in a book.  Although, I have yet to decide how else I would like to present the project.  There are 3 sections to the project, the photos of my London, images of life in the village/family, and the exhibition day itself.

July 2, 2009

Portraits in the Elephant and Castle underpass

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Elephant and Castle 2009

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The Elephant and Castle tunnels, south London.

“The existing pedestrian underpasses will be removed and replaced with a series of new surface crossing points that will allow

pedestrians to pass from the surrounding areas into the new space at grade.”

Elephant and Castle Project Team, Southwark Council

As long as I can remember, the underpass, has always been two things, a path to get from a to b, and a polluted, Haden, south London labyrinth.

May 27, 2009

Saul Leiter

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Sensational, and a photographic hero!

Before his time, he was using colour photography in the late 40s, 50s!!!

His images are kodachromic paintings, delicious!

For more images look at Thames and Hudson Photofile, Saul Leiter.

May 15, 2009

Duinbergen 1.2

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Easter Project continued, although this time the camera of choice?  My digital slr.  It was the last day of being in the little seaside village of Duinbergen, Belgium and stupidly I ran out of film for my Diana+.  Yet it was possibly the foggiest day I have spent on a beach.  I loved it!!

I couldn’t see anyone, and the amount of space and distance you felt from people was incredibly calming, and all this from fog!

Duinbergen 1.1

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I bought a Lomo Diana+ before easter and I fell in love with it!  

Its so simple to use and just lets you experiment without the restrictions of having to make the perfect photo.  And after a tough term of trying to take photos, I started having fun taking photos.

Through this i decided to use this beautiful new camera for my easter project.  

Based on nostalgia i took images of the north sea shore in the flemish little village of Duinbergen in Belgium, starting Brugge.  

I am becoming more and more interested in how photography can be used as a form of art therapy.  And in a way for me this project was not only nostalgic of what the sea is for me but also theraputic, which gave me sanity after the craziness and continuous fustration of winter in London.

ps. For some reason wordpress cannot support the colour balance for the medium format images.  So I apologise for the flat colours presented.

Fatum Surfboard Shaper

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Fatum surfboards are located in Baleal, Portugal.  These images were taken in the summer of 2008, on a surf trip to there.  

For more information on Fatum surfboards please check out the link!

April 2, 2009

Party G20

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As possibly every photographer in London decided to go to the G20 protest on the 1st of April 09, I also decided to tag along.  For some crazy reason I thought that this protest would be different from the others, but unfortunately i was wrong.

I believe that people have the right to protest, yet I also believe that the people should brainstorm groundbreaking ideas instead of coming up with ridiculous slants such as ‘consumers suck’ and ‘burn the banks’.  Reality is, if you live in this society, you are part of  this consumer, capitalistic society.  

There were possibly more photographers than protesters, the police locked us in for 4hours with NO toilet facilities (i hear that might even be illegal!), and with anarchy happening in certain sections of Bank, I decided to take photos of the little world people created in the space, and a party pumping extra loud drum and bass.  

Protest, what Protest?  Carnival with police working as a human wall!!  

March 13, 2009

Street Photography

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Peckham, South East London


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My name is Silvie and I study a masters in photojournalism and documentary photography at London College of Communication.

And here is just some of the work i’ve produced during the first term.

Mark the street performer, Covent Garden, London

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