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Humanity unveiled

Photo Credit: Annette Mudehwe

By Molly Catterall

Enclosed by the toils of everyday life, London based Photographer Annette Mudehwe explores her fascination with human nature. This collection of work captures strangers in the most authentic and honest way, and depicting this human essence, fuelling her passion for street photography.

Venturing to portray a form of constant creative expression, this artist feels the representation of the older senior age group within her work reflects the issue of the aging population within the UK. Drawing influence from photographers Alan Schaller and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Mudehwe’s photographs appear primarily in black and white, to depict the classic effect of film camera, supported by the adding of grain during editing of shots. Originated from street architecture, the artist’s sole focus became street portraiture. By establishing the majority of her content as portraiture, Mudehwe exhibits how multifaceted and telling a face can be. The interpretation one can gain from something differs to the next, and feels it would be at great loss for this collection to mean one thing to everyone.

Overcome with the pressures of life, photography is a mental outlet and creative expression lacking in everyday environment, completely self-taught by the artist. From constant practise and allowing to be inspired by those around, Mudehwe’s photos have developed from a random social interaction. In awe of humanity, Mudehwe captivates her contextual knowledge in Neuroscience and Biomedical sciences, and studies in Philosophy. The prominent drive of capturing some part of the human essence, is delivered through the body of her photography, communicating her understanding about individuals. This is prominent within a current project tackling questions social stigmas nearby homelessness and government responsibility.

The term ‘let’s walk and wonder and maybe get lost’ is embodied through the main frame of the artists portfolio. As a society, we are always intentional about everything we do, knowing the end upshot. Mudehwe believes in the profound gratification from undergoing the opposite. Allowing one to roam aimlessly, permitting a level of freedom, was the artist’s path into photography. The term ‘lost’ connotes a negative stint, though with no set destination being momentarily free, illustrates Mudehwe sentiments on how we should allow ourselves to get ‘lost’ occasionally.