In “Rape as a Weapon of War in DRC” Cranston does a fantastic job capturing the emotion of the women that have been raped while not using color photos. I think that the black and white photos help to show the grey area that the topic of rape in Africa has become, while also paying respect to the subjects of the photographs by using many silhouette shots. It is also very interesting how throughout the entire album you do not see one single face of the rape victims.
In “Women: Human Mules of Congo’s Gold Mines” Cranston captures so much emotion in her pictures and writing. She uses the dismal light inside the tunnels to capture the agony that these women are going through to carry rocks and gold up and down a mine shaft all day for zero pay. She shows the filthiness of the women’s clothing and body and the pure anguish on their faces as they have no other option but to act as ‘mules.’
In “Post Election Violence in Kenya” Cranston digs deep inside the scandal of after three days of waiting and accusations of irregularities in vote-counting, President Kibaki claimed victory in Kenya’s Presidential election a result rejected by opposition leader, Raila Odinga, and questioned by international observers. In this piece she captures moments that make you wonder just what is going on over there. She finds violence, poverty and emotion throughout the people of Kenya which truly makes the album stand out.
In “Slavery in Niger” Cranston discovers the West African desert State of Niger, has, according to the organisation Anti-Slavery International at least 43,000 of the 13 million strong population living in slavery today. Using a series of close-ups and extreme close-ups Cranston unveils the truly horrific happenings going on in Niger. This album provokes viewers to look deeper into the issue and Cranston accomplishes that by taking photos that seem like you are in the controversy your self.
In the album “Inside Tibet” Cranston finds a topic that is less controversial than previous ones but at the same time it is evident of the impact of China’s rule in Tibet and the economic development that has taken place since the Chinese invasion in 1950 after going through the album. In this album Cranston uses many different angles to take her photos, showing the extreme buildings and landscapes in Tibet.
In “Congos Gorilla Guardians” Cranston explains the dark side to the issue on how poachers are continually attempting to kill these endangered animals but flips it to make the album a touching piece about the men that fight for the gorillas that they love. The guardians risk their lives for the gorillas and Cranston does a good job capturing that love within her photos. There are only 100 gorillas left in the Congo and Cranston was able to capture many beautiful shots of the great beasts.
In “Tibetans in Exile” Cranston finds that following China’s invasion of Tibet in 1950, rights groups point to Chinese suppression of Tibetan Buddhism and culture, estimating the death of over a million Tibetans, the destruction of more than 6000 monasteries and public buildings as well as close control over any monasteries functioning today. Inside the album Cranston shoots all of those controversial topics while also shooting the landscape, civilians during prayer and ritual and also the colorful monasteries of Tibet.
In “Editorial and Commercial” Cranston takes a different approach then in her foreign country albums where she is taking controversial photos and videos where as in this album she focuses on capturing the happy faces of business owners and entrepreneurs. Photos of poets, actors, store owners and more fill the bright album and adds a new element to her multimedia work.
In “Mental Health and Wellbeing” Cranston gives viewers facts on mental health specifically when dealing with homeless women. Her photos of homeless people in the post gives the viewer a “say it, see it” feel to the multimedia which adds to a much more pleasant viewing experience. My favorite picture on the post is the two homeless people working together to build a house with a quote tied to the photo describing how it is better for your mental health and wellbeing to get out of the house and get active.
In “Women and Homelessness” Cranston sticks to this theme as it is something that she is trying to draw attention to in todays world. In the post Cranston give facts about homeless women across the globe while tying it all together with vivid pictures of homeless women trying to live. The multimedia post is short but it gets the facts across to the viewers while adding no extra fluff.