Assignment three: Visual Storytelling

Assignment three: Visual storytelling


In assignment one I looked at immigrants life in UK, this assignment will be about my home country too see how migration affected the place. Name for this project is Forgotten Place.

An idea came from very famous village called Trakai in Lithuania. In summer time there are so many people there you could barely find a place for lunch, however winter time, there is no one. This reaction reminds me of immigrants leaving the country, when is sunny, warm and nice people stay here, however when its cold, dark people fid better place, better life.

Trakai is located about 30 kilometers from Vilnius – capital of Lithuania. Trakai was first mentioned in 1377 in Chronicle of New Prussia. Every year 300 000 tourists visit this beautiful place. There are many cultures events like concerts, theatre in summer time. Trakai castle in the island of Galves lake.

Last year in January statistic department counted 40 thousands people left Lithuania for better life elsewhere. Shocking numbers such as we always been famous for having 3 millions people, now this number does nor reach 3, in 2011-2012 Lithuania had only 2 millions 288 thousands people.

This is huge problem not in the future for Lithuania, as many young people leaves and older people are not able to earn enough money to support pensioners. There is another bigger issue in losing nationality.

This project is about my feelings what I fell when I came back to my hometown, I see how everything changed, that ‘forgotten place’ is the best two words to describe current situation.

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Assignment 2 -Single image narratives

Single image narratives


My chosen subject for this assignment is loneliness and emptiness. Both of these abstract subjects closely related to each other. I looked into Pavel Tereshkovets, Julian Legrand and Kevin Hoth documentary photography, where strong creation of loneliness, isolation and emptiness is presented.


The reasons I chosen Black and White photography for my project are:


  1. This removed any distractions, helping viewer to concentrate on special areas of photograph.
  2. For my chosen photographic idea black and white will give more drama and empty/lonely situation become more visible.
  3. Most of documentary photographers use this technique such as William Klein and Michelle Frankfurter.


To be honest I had another idea for this assignment, but mixed felling stopped me from going ahead with this. I felt that is better to do the theme what I really feel. Being foreigner in United Kingdom made me fell really lonely, as I am away from home, friends, parents and relatives. I coped with this felling quite well as I did not have some much spare time, work and studies kept me busy. However becoming a mum and spending lots of time with my child, made me understand how important relationship is and how lonely we truly are.


This pushed me towards this photographic idea; I tried to convey this through my images.


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Assignment 1

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Documentary Photography

Student name: Asta Tamule

Student number: 500198


Assignment one


Local communities


‘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!