KayLyn Deveney

The day-to-day life of Albert Hastings

This is a very interesting concept of two different people working together. The photographer making the images, with the subject adding the captions assisting the narrative. KayLyn develops an extremely close working relationship with her subject, Bert and the concept developed over time, into an interesting and unusual project.

I love the idea of working with someone who is elderly and has great experiences to share with a younger generation. This co-operative way of working has added a further dimension to the images.

The poignancy of the hand written captions, really add to the feeling in the images and give this a sense of moment and genuine realism. The have a decisive moment element to them.

As KayLyn says these are everyday moments, but the handwritten additions take them beyond the everyday ordinary and bring the images to life. They add personality and a warmth that may be otherwise missing.

Would I employ such a tactic? Possibly not, I may not be brave enough but it is a great idea and one that can be worked on, in a different way by keeping notes. From 2nd May I will now keep my own note book as a semi-diary idea book.

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Image taken from Deveney, K (Not known) The Day-to-Day Life of Albert Hastings, Available at: https://kaylynndeveney.com/the-day-to-day-life-of-albert-hastings/ (Accessed: 28/04/2017).

The above image is my favourite image from the selection. The warm colours of the image blend well with the thought of Bert having a whiskey and really enjoying it. The lighting is soft, with the shadowing adding the soul of this snapshot.

The decorations and the lampshade place Bert as an elder man, may be who does not have much money to spare, but one who has a big heart and plenty of love to share. The image is polaroidesque in its’ squareness adding an edge of nostalgia. Unusually for a square image I do not feel this adds any tension, may be because Bert is centrally placed, making it vaguely symmetrical

 

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