Oxo gallery. Alison Baskerville – The White Picture

Alison Baskerville served in the RAF for 12 years which  took her to Northan Ireland and Iraq, whilst serving in Iraq she began to capture her surroundings with a camera documenting her life away. This then pushed her to leave the RAF and become a photojournalist. Due to Alison having skills in both serving away and taking images she was asked to create a commissioned series on Female Engagement Officers (FEO). The White Picture is a set of photographs that defines how these British and Afghan woman respond to the harsh conditions but also how they keep up their confidence and maintain their individuality through the demanding situation.

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Alison Baskervilles work is set in a documentary style which is away from what i wanted to work within but they do have a great sense of living at war. It’s really interesting to see these woman soldiers at work, in their environment and to see how they act around it. The viewer is able to see the connection they have with the Afghan families and with each other. These photographs do make me think more about woman at war and that their roles are as important as the males, it’s nice to see someone has done a whole project based around woman.


Above are 3 portraits of Captain Alice Homer. These were the only set of portraits in the exhibition but i felt having portraits within a set of environmental documentary photographs worked quite well as you were able to look into the lives of these people then towards to end look straight at their faces and relate to them. Similar to the images at the IWM these portraits are very close up focusing just on the facial expressions. The viewer is able to see the collar of the uniform to know enough that they are still out on tour but it’s not enough to distract them from the subjects facial expressions. This composition is something i need to start thinking about!


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