Entry Title: "LINE (cont.)"
Name: Natasha Shulte , Ukraine
Category and Expertise: Deeper Perspective|Other_ED|Portrait|Children|Family|Portrait_P, Non-Professional


Entry Description: The project is built on research of inner world of an abandoned child. This project uses pair pictures, these pictures investigate a side of reality in the life of children abandoned by their parents and ask questions: is there any reality for those who since their childhood have not had the most valuable thing in life - homes and families?! What values are priorities for this child? And how material form influences what such child feels? On one pair of photos, the children were photographed in their usual orphanage clothes, on the second photo the image of cleanliness and innocence has been formed. But there are things that unite these two different images and only the viewer himself should want to understand it. One of photos I stay alone, very deep sense I put in it. Main purpose of the project is to pay the public’s attention to the problems of children without families.

Story: Life of line crosses the destinies of millions of children abandoned by their own parents. It is the history about life of children without childhood, who so early believed that the love did not exist. They will never know what is kiss for night, what is family supper, kind word and mum’s smile. There are different reasons why a child loses his parents, but very frequently the children are initially born in the families of alcoholics and drug addicted, malicious and eternally drunk they hate children just for the fact they were born. Very quickly they quite forget those whom they gave life. So, the children find themselves in orphanages, embittered, small and unprotected. Who will give them a chance to believe in the future and the most important to believe in love?! Who wants to hear their silent plaintive voice from that back of beyond where they are? We adults can participate in the children’s destinies if we want to see in them those who are hurt, to experience by each piece of our souls the children's deep grief and only then we’ll have a desire to give some love to the abandoned child forgotten by everybody!!! Children from Ukrainian Belgorod-Dnestrovskiy orphanage participate in the project in the age of 3 to 16 years old. Old traditions are honoured in this orphanage, therefore all objects used for photographing belong to the orphanage itself.This project uses pair pictures, these pictures investigate a side of reality in the life of children abandoned by their parents and ask questions: is there any reality for those who since their childhood have not had the most valuable thing in life - homes and families?! What values are priorities for this child? And how material form influences what such child feels? On one pair of photos, the children were photographed in their usual orphanage clothes, on the second photo the image of cleanliness and innocence has been formed. One of photos I stay alone, very deep sense I put in it. The main purpose of the project is to pay the public’s attention to the problems of children without families. I try to bring this information using such concept as "social art”, drawing special attention of the public. I believe that "social" art is able to transform a society. And children demanding help will be heard at last!!!

About the Artist:

First I was engaged in fashion and advertising photography, but in my life there were the events which changed my attitude to many issues. For this reason, since 2009 I have completely devoted myself to social projects. www.natashashulte.com