As I have probably mentioned that numerous times before – my project is communication based, therefore to be able to get photographs I want/need, I have to contact places.
On my list currently are:
- Dove Hose Hospice
- Macmillan [Castle Hill Hospital Cancer Information Centre]
- City Health Care Partnership, Community Specialist Palliative Care Clinics
- Marie Curie Nursing Service and its Marie Curie Hospices
The list is a short version of my previous research and I have only left the possible ones.
There are few funeral directories on the list too.I have contacted two of them this week. [woo-hoo!]
- S ROBINSON & SON – Dignity Funeral Services
- Robert A Drew & Son Ltd Funeral Directors in Willerby
- A Shepherd & Sons Funeral Directors in Hull
The first steps are to prepare a short introduction and take a deep breath before picking up the phone.
Robert A Draw & Sons was recommended to my as a small family-run business, that are a bit like from the TV series Six Feet Under IMDB – a bit “bonkers” therefore I was super keen to get in touch with them.
My introduction was straight forward – Anete – student – photography – project – research material-cultural differences – can I come and see you for a little chat?
As a surprise and slight disappointment was the lady on the other side of the line saying a definite “no”.
By this moment my confidence was out of the window, but as I am desperate to start taking some photography action, I decided to try to ring funeral directories that are part of the Dignity Funerals.
The introduction was similar, but I suggested an interview rather than photography-related visit, as the person on the phone, told me that OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE NO PHOTOGRAPHY OPPORTUNITIES.
I strongly pushed the Cultural difference part, as I think that would pursue people to have a interview. He told me that he will ring me back the next day to arrange a meeting.
Two days later I did not heard from him, but as this post is back-dated, I can tell you that within the next week I decided that going to funeral directories is waste of time, as they would not agree to any photography anyway and I have different things to focus on.