Monday, October 12, 2009

House of Hope

It's been a while since I last posted. I recently did a little story on palliative care. I spent a week in a hospice in Brasov, where an amazing staff takes really good care of terminally ill patients. I also met some great people among the patients, whose strength and optimism were incredible.

Since I last posted, I've updated my website, so if you've got nothing better to do go to andreipungovschi.com and tell me what you think. You'll also find more images from the hospice on the website. Thanks for looking! Feedback's welcome, as usual.




8 comments:

Dan said...

Very suggestive the second one, not only for the injection pain but as for the suffer of illness

Johnny said...

I love the last photo, but fantastic series overall. I haven't seen your previous website but the present one is very clean and professional.

Sebi Sascau said...

Excellent photos...very powerful reportage.
I love your work.

http://stefanjora.com/ said...

Hi Andrei,

I like the last image but not together with the rest of the series. Perhaps I'm mistaken, but I don't think this subject is strong enough for a traditional photojournalistic approach, so I'd like to see more subjective documentation (in the vein of Majoli's "Leros" project.)

Regarding your main website, first of all, I have an issue with Flash. I know that it's common these days, but I still find it awkward to use at this stage, especially since it still won't let you bookmark individual pages.

Second, I suggest you change the title of your project on leprosy to either "Lepers" or--the more politically correct term for the disease in the US--"Hanson's Disease."

Third, and most important, I don't quite understand the breakdown of your sections. Since I don't think you're using the website for the purpose of generating revenue from stock images, I think you could use a tighter edit. For example, I feel the series on the Chinese workers becoming repetitive after a few images, and I think that quite a few images from your various series and from the Editorial section could easily belong to Portraits. I know that many other photographers have a section titled "Portraits", but is it really necessary?

Just my two cents...

Cheers,
SJ

andrei said...

Stefan, thanks for the feedback! I really appreciate it. You are probably right about both the breakdown and the tighter edit on my website.

I've decided to have a slightly looser edit than the typical contest regulations usually require. However, the way the website looks right now is far from a final form. I'm still trying to figure out what categories I should use to organize the whole thing. I agree that the line between a portrait and a single image can be thin, as we usually try to convey someone's character in our images.

I'll try to come up with a different breakdown sometimes in the upcoming future. I don't really care what's fashionable there days, but I do feel that I need to have a section of the website dedicated to individuals, people I've photographed and whose pictures I hope reveal something about them.

Thanks again! I miss this kind of talks around here.

Sheila Johnson said...

Andrei,
I love the new story and your website is overall really strong. It's great to see so many of the images I've been awed by while checking out your blog put into a space where you can really appreciate the accumulative effect of the work. You've been working hard the last 3 years!!!! Congrats!

Andrei Paul said...

faine rau. Iata ca s-a dat si asta, de cind imi propuneam sa fac ceva asemanator la Hospice, mai ales ca-s de-aici...

rene whitfield said...

I havn't looked through your blog yet, but just wanted to say that the first and second image in this series are great... Look forward to check out more of your work.