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A cultural approach to documentary photography, looking into the identities and beliefs of the people of Nicaragua, largely, was brought about through my travels documenting the countries use of art, poetry and signs in their identity, culture and beliefs.
Laden with a hugely pebbled road of tensions and revolution, Nicaragua can be split almost completely in half: the Spanish and the English. Both of which tried to remove the identities of the native tribes. To this day the natives strive to keep their ways of life and be considered part of society. Understanding the shaping of their identities over time, geographically and socially brings up images of slavery, revolution and a desire to prosper.
Stepping through rural and urban Nicaragua is a lesson every day, seeing buildings take shape and generations change in a matter of days. Through poverty and struggle their identities tend to be overshadowed, yet their vibrant culture still fights to be heard and enjoyed.
The Observatory: This creates a sense of what we can miss if we do not look hard enough, or what we chose to remove from our vision like the selective eyes of many countries historical figures. Looking deeper into an image or subject can find things that were first unnoticed, or something that may well not be what we first thought.
Reproduced with kind permission of William Walton-Freeman
Copyright ©William Walton-Freeman
Research Theme: Identities and Beliefs