Descendants of All Worlds
'Descendants of All Worlds' (DOAW) is Heartstone’s latest project and was launched at the House of Commons in June 2006. Those of you who know us are aware of our work to challenge all forms of prejudice and intolerance and this time, we are using our photodocumentaries presented in a new way to achieve the same aim. As with all our stories, the intention is to demonstrate that people have more similarities than we have differences and that there may be more than one side to a story.
Photodocumentary as a route to challenge prejudice / intolerance
Images in the world today are a powerful route through which to influence attitudes, ideas and behaviour. They cross language, national, racial and other boundaries as they use the universal language of human emotion to tell a story. The effect they have on shaping how we see our world and what we do is well researched and accepted leading to an advertising and media industry where millions of pounds are spent every year. In the context of photojournalism where the intention is to present a ‘moment of time’, it is increasingly of concern as constantly reported in the photographic press, that our power to manipulate and change images to present any story that we want is now almost limitless which raises questions in relation to what we believe is true and what is not and how far down this path it is acceptable to go. We are ‘bombarded’ with images every day, a silent route through which our ideas are being influenced especially in the context of how we relate to other people.
DOAW - Descendants of All Worlds
Over the course of the year, we will be presenting 6 different photodocumentaries. You will find these stories will give you a route through which to:
- build greater contact, understanding and communication across different nationalities, backgrounds, races and cultures
- develop discussion/debate on the issues of racism, xenophobia and other forms of intolerance, using the stories as the starting stimulus
- develop definitions of what constitutes negative / positive behaviour
- understand how stereotypes and prejudices are formed and what can be done to counteract these