Those of you who follow me on Facebook or Instagram will know that I have been really busy working on a new project called ‘Art - The Scream of Freedom’. Now, after 2 months of hard work, I can finally reveal the results. 

“Art - The Scream Of Freedom” is the dramatic journey through domestic violence towards woman. I was asked to create a series of images portraying this topic for a charity exhibition. The motivation behind the exhibition was to help educate people about this mistreatment of woman, and to hopefully help end the violence.

There are already so many photographs and artworks out there that are focused on the topic of domestic abuse, and so I had to ask myself ‘how can I approach this differently?’.

I wanted to shock and attract people’s attention, and so my photos had to be somehow unique. After much consideration, I chose to present a series of images which have captured the emotional turmoil real survivors of domestic abuse have suffered through.  By researching such stories and talking with victims of domestic violence, I became inspired to help portray the sadness, anxiety and pain felt by these sufferers in the hope that it will bring awareness to the cause.

To help make my photographs unique, I decided to play around with different textures and colours. My Grandfather told me many years ago that looking at the colour green can help to calm you down…It’s true! I always feel different when I am in a forest surrounded by trees and wildlife. It’s the connection which we create when we look at something, when we feel what’s around us. I took this idea and started to photograph textures which made me feel a certain way.  As abuse comes in many forms, a different texture was used to tell each individual story.

My artwork for this project was created using photo manipulation. However, even with the extended use of photoshop, I still wanted it to look as real as possible. Once I had the textures, I needed to focus on the base images. I found 7 different women who were kind enough to be a part of this project. I decided to focus on the models’ faces to create an intense atmosphere in each image with no distractions. Because the topic is very delicate and I needed to capture particular facial expressions, I made sure to discuss with each model the idea behind the shoot and what I was trying to achieve.  As I’ve mentioned before, it’s all about the connection and the understanding of the person on the other side of the lens.  All my models did such excellent work, I could not have asked for better people to work with! 

Whilst working on this project I have been able to meet a lot of fantastic people and have fun creating my images for the exhibition.  However, I’ve also had to immerse myself in the world of domestic violence, and confront the awful reality some woman must face on a daily basis.  We must make an effort to stand up and fight against those who victimise women.  I hope that through my artwork you’ll feel compassion for the victims. With this compassion will come a deeper understanding of abuse, and an ability to fight and overcome it. Let’s stop the violence! 

You can see the whole project by clicking on the button below.

Piotr Skoczylas

Piotr Photography, Cardiff

Cardiff based surreal portrait photographer. Being different makes a difference.