✸ Winner of Jury Award – Best Short Film at United Film Festival London 2013 ✸
✸ Winner of Best Short film in Shnit International Film Festivals ‘Made in South Africa’ 2012 ✸
Shot on Arri Alexa with Zeiss Ultra Primes
A look through a hipster photographers lens as he embarks on a project to capture the faces of desperate souls discovering planted treasures in the city’s foraging hot spots. The photographs captured make up a trendy exhibition, where the gallery goers gorge themselves on hors d’oeuvre and champagne. This is a story of the photographers success until we are gently reminded of the stars of the show and their exploitation.
Words by Director Carl Houston Mc Millan
Does Art really bring awareness and promote change?
As a keen photographer my self I have always questioned my wondering eye, questioning what it perceives to be a “good snap”. I have come to appreciate images that have stories behind them, where the photographer has not just approached his subject for the sake of a “good picture”, but has taken the time to get to know his subject, to understand his subject’s situation.
“The Blind Photographer” tells the story of a young photographer who is only concerned with capturing images, with no regard or concern for the subject behind the lens. He does this with the mentality of “This is going to be a great photo” as he goes about capturing his theme of poverty.
He is a photographer who is unaware of his thoughtlessness, unaware that he is using the plight of another to aid the sale of his work. In a way the photographer is blind, he does not look deeper into his subjects and uses his lens as a mask.
Directed by Carl Houston Mc Millan
Cinematography, Grade and Visual Effects by Christian Denslow