Okay so, I’ve been devising ideas for the concepts I think I’d like to focus on within my final outcome. I was really trying to reach outside some of the more conventional themes within fashion, such as feminism e.g. the MeToo movement, veganism, and anti-racism campaigns. While I fully support causes of the type, I feel that the exposure is really great worldwide and therefore I should take it into my own hands to perhaps shed some light on a subject less talked about, in the British media. Additionally it was very important for me to chose current affairs which I feel passionately about and having grown up with arguably prejudice grandparents, prejudice against Muslims is undoubtedly one of those things.
Here is a photo of my first best friend and I as children. We met in our first year of school aged 4, shortly after she’d migrated from Tunisia. Neither I spoke Arabic (or French – her second language) or she spoke English however there was always some way of us communicating regardless of the evident language barrier. This was my initial inspiration behind the concept. I didn’t understand her, but it didn’t matter. It was my curiosity, willingness to be open and comprehensive outlook from a young age that allowed our friendship to form in the beginning.
The biggest statement I will try to present is this idea that people of ‘untraditional’ British backgrounds are misunderstood and as an unfair result, subject to acts of discrimination and abuse. If Britons were more open-minded and willing to try and understand more than what they already know, many of the current affairs we speak of today would not be in existence. Take the mass genocide of Jews by Adolf Hitler in the World War II Holocaust. 6 million innocent lives were taken due to the use of an entire religious group as a scapegoat. Although this is a massively extreme example, it is still a pivotal event in history which should have taught us to be more mindful and willing to not just accept what we’ve been told – and also about the consequences which can occur from not doing so.
I’d like to use the word ‘understanding’ or ‘misunderstood’ within photography of my Muslim friend. She has taught me so much about her way of living and allowed me to see how relaxed and free life can be no matter what your religion or racial group. Consequently I feel almost as though I owe it to her and her amazing family (much like the millions of others out there) to get the message across that prejudice is not under any circumstance acceptable or justified. I think it could make for a really powerful and deeply contextual editorial within my outcome.