I have always loved social realism. I love the transportive aspects of the movies such as Kes (1969), and I Danial Blake (2017). These pictures disseminate realism, often holding a metaphorical mirror at each subject through recent history Loach has chosen to illuminate.
I often despair at the voting process not because of the well known unfair complications of democratic voting, but how motivations that emanate from tabloid media and mainstream superficiality are often the driver of people ballot box decision. What I feel is important is empathy.
It is often stated that we should vote for others. If we exist in a state of non-material suffering (many don't), then how can one effectively resonate and engage sympathetically towards to needs of others.
social realism or 'reportage filmmaking' as I like to refer to it offers a significant driver in inspiring people who have no ties outside other than their contemporaries to feel genuine empathy for societies and groups that are not known intimately.
On a recent trip to the London heroes of Illustration exhibition, I came into contact with Lucinda Rogers reportage illustrations. Here lies another example of faithfully holding a mirror and disseminating the day to day realities of the world. Rogers work chapters the fleeting essence of the working class in a more detailed lucid way compared to traditional photography.
Rogers work uses subtle distinctions in mark making to highlight subjects withing the compasition. there is often strong evidence thatt Rogers captures these moments on location and does not work from photographic referenacses. this shows much liek the work of Loach, Rogers capacity to act as a pollitical tool in the illimation of reality.