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Documentary portfolio

Fonds Slachtofferhulp
WTFFF!?

In collaboration with WTFFF!? we created an impact campaign against online sexual abuse. We photographed victims of online shaming and organized a workshop where they could express their emotions and feelings on their own portraits. It's a campaign to create awareness about this important subject and to stop victim blaming.

Helpwanted

A Dutch helpline for online transgressive behaviour. They offer practical help and personal advice to anyone who has (had) to deal with or is concerned about online transgressive behaviour.

In collaboration with Helpwanted, we, CaRo's Concepts, made a series of portraits for the entire new website of this platform. A representation of our the Dutch society with the message: "It can happen to anyone, you don't have to be ashamed, you are not alone."

A strong look, familiar and recognizable emotions in order to be accessible to everyone in the society.

You're just a slut!

Ongoing project by Robin Griffin:

'You're just a slut! is a project about the consequences of slut shaming. A subject that has played a major role in our society since I started this ongoing project in 2020.

The project started as a reflection on my high school days. I was often called a slut when I was 17 because a nude photo surfaced and people my age said I would be the person in the photo, but it wasn't me. I was unfairly bullied, shamed online and offline for a long period of time, I changed my last name because of this, I was ashamed for a long time for something I didn't even do. Years later I started to reflect on this time and I dived deeper into this with my project.

Because before this happened, I myself shamed a girl from my high school, but I wasn't aware of the consequences until it happened to me.

Now several years later, these situations are still very common, and they are made worse by social media and the lack of education around borders and privacy. It is clear that people are not aware of the consequences and their participation in slut shaming, they do not know the power of a single button and hurt each other a lot. Through this project I try to create an impact with my story and to contribute to this development in society.

Within this project you will see portraits of victims who have had to deal with (online) slut shaming. I have captured their emotions, captured stories and shown them in an exhibition to the public to draw attention to this subject. My goal: To challenge society to look at this social problem from someone else's perspective.'

ELANCE Academy

Project by Robin Griffin:

 

‘A Dutch organization that focuses on girls, femininity and rights. With their Elance Academy they coach girls and young women and help them develop their dreams, ambitions and talents. I was asked on a summer program as a photography coach, to teach the girls about photography, look at subjects from different perspectives, and in the meantime also help them with their own self-confidence and self-image by sometimes standing in front of my lens as a model.

For the girls I worked with, it was a personal journey from a vulnerable, insecure girl to a confident young woman on her way to her own place in society. A place where they can make dreams come true and stand up for themselves.”

‘I can buy a cup of rice because I sold my hair’

Project by Robin Griffin:

 

‘In the summer of 2019 I traveled to Sri Lanka. There I discovered my fascination for women with long, curly and shiny hair. During my trip I learned that Asian hair is called "black gold" and that there is a huge market for this "black gold" in Europe, the US and South America. The hair is 'pure' and has a fantastic length and thickness making hair extensions a fantastic product in these parts of the world.

But are these hair extensions really that beautiful? Or are we being misled by the Western advertisements? Because where do the extensions actually come from?

That is why I traveled to India for my research. Once I arrived in Chennai, I saw the process of these so-called 'ethical hair extensions' with my own eyes.

Asian women maintain their hair for years and grow it to the perfect length. They then offer their hair to temples for their faith, a personal transaction. But on the other hand, it generates a lot of business for the so-called "exporters of human hair." The longer and the heavier the hair, the more money it would bring in.

So the women think they are making a sacrifice for faith, but on the other hand their hair is being used for money. For a market where the users of the hair extensions do not think where their new piece of femininity really comes from.