Today I have started to give in serious works to my teacher Micha Kirshner who teaches us "Broad Photography". Basically, the lessons goes like this: Micha gives us a project to do, we give in the photos from the project and then we spend hours giving each other critique.
The first subject he told us to photograph was "Loved Ones" and gave us an introduction to it by showing photos by Emmet Gowin, Sally Mann, Larry Clark and Nan Goldin.
When he showed us their photos I couldn't help noticing a big similarity. In all of their photos, because of the relationship between the photographer and the model, the photographer was able to get to places and details that an outsider wouldn't have been able to. For example, Larry Clark could photograph his friends getting high and having sex because he was part of their clique and Sally Mann was able to photograph her children naked because she was their mother.
After I consciously noticed this similarity I automatically decided to do my photos differently. My first step was to think how I can photograph my loved ones indirectly and in that way to prevent this big synonymity. And who would believe it? There where already articles, youtube videos and more about them. All that was left for me was to photograph it.
In the end, my work turned out to be less photographs of loved ones and more how people perceive them.