© Sophie Skipper Photography 2016
ART AND DOCUMENTARY
He wants to see my Amazon Wish List explores the role women play within modern commodity exchange currently taking place online. This exchange is taking place in the form of Amazon Wish Lists, online shopping bags consisting of an individuals’ desired items, ranging from clothing to sex toys to microwaves. For the bloggers requesting these gifts, success most certainly exists, despite many previous theories attached to the question of why we purchase things for others. This contemporary manifestation of gift-giving calls into question whether reciprocity really is the key element of exchange.
In order to photograph my subjects I will offer them a payment in the form of an item from their wish-list. By doing this I question the photographer to subject relationship and explore the nature of photography, with the Amazon Wish-List being the backbone of my work. Women, being my artistic focus for this work, are the dominant users of many blogging sites, Pinterest for example, has a 70% female user base. The act of paying a woman to be photographed mirrors the exploitative treatment women have received throughout history, therefore I shall visually discuss topics such as prostitution and the objectification of women witnessed daily within the media and online.
The Barrier to Success sets out to explore the boundaries present within a very particular working environment. There are currently 29.84 million people working in the UK, in which the average employee works 31.9 hours a week. Professionals, otherwise known as white-collar workers, clock up approximately 44.6 hours a week, creating an illuminating and frankly terrifying statistic that more than 30% of our lives are spent at work. Of course, as Confucius famously said, Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. A theory I explore within this work. With a series made at Go Compare in Newport, Wales, I studied and observed the nature of work within an e-commerce company such as Go Compare.