Student name: Asta Tamule
Student number: 500198
‘You must feel an affinity for what you are photographing. You must be part of it, and yet remain sufficiently detached to see it objectively. Like watching from the audience a play you already know by heart.’
George Roger, British photojournalist, cited in Context and Narrative (2006) Maria Short. Switzerland AVA Publishing SA, p. 150
This idea helped me to decide on my assignment theme as I had intended to take in mind taking pictures at my local RSCPA center, but after reading this I suddenly had the idea of photographing my husband at work, as this is the person I know best and understand completely.
However, I decided to look at the political views on this assignment. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom David Cameron speaks up about the immigration issues of the Eastern Europe. The first thing I do not agree is to publically announce about his visit to the car factory and to point out the fact that a quarter of the workers are foreign there. There are many Eastern European immigrants who have good jobs (I know plenty of such people myself). Why not to visit places like that? In my opinion the Prime Minister in such a way wanted to show that these workers are not needed in the UK.
Steven Swinford, S.S. (2013) David Cameron stance on Eastern European workers inspired by car factory visit. The Telegraph.
‘David Cameron’s warning that Britain must “say no” to Eastern European workers by improving education for young people was inspired by a visit to a factory in his constituency where a quarter of new staff are foreign.’
Funny thing is that according to the Office for National Statistics the second biggest ethnic group is Black/African/Caribbean/Black British – 3 per cent and the other one- Asian/ Asian British/ Indians reaches 2.3 per cent. However, there isn’t any separate graph for the Eastern European. I guess another ethnic group which is only 0.9 per cent contains Eastern Europeans.
Another thing I found quite fascinating is the cartoon the British daily newspaper ‘The Independent’ published below.
I think this publication showed huge disrespect towards Lithuanians and Eastern European migrant workers.
After all these publications I cannot be silent, so, I decided to show that Lithuanians are not only cheap work force! My aim is to introduce a viewer to my husband: a young and promising Lithuanian who speaks perfect English and has a very good job at Wycombe Country Council as a Parking Offices Maintenance Manager. He is the only one in his team who understands everything about pay and display machines, is able to fix barriers and can also rescue people from the lifts at the car parks. He received many job offers of other companies covering parking equipment maintenance. Moreover, he has a BA in Telecommunication Engineering. Here you go, Mister Cameron, not all the Eastern European are cheap work force!