In the feedback for my last assignment, my tutor suggested that I look at Paul Graham’s work on unemployment in the 1980’s. The collection is called “Beyond Caring” and the images were taken between 1984 and 1985. He chose the welfare benefits system as the subject to show the poor working conditions and the inefficient service of the social security and unemployment offices which at the time had become overburdened.
When i was looking at them I felt that the images captured the mood, diversity of people coming in (old, young, ethnicity etc), a feeling of endless waiting, depression, desperation and boredom. There is a real uniformity amongst the waiting rooms in the images. They are all very similar colours, similar seating, floors and layout which I feel adds to the depressive feel of the images.