I am really struggling with this self-portraiture assignment. I’m not of the selfie generation where I feel the burning need to photograph myself throughout the day. I’m definitely more comfortable on the other side of the lens. I had originally planned on doing this assignment in an abstract format, but my tutor cautioned me about getting too involved with various techniques, so I’ve had to change tactics quite a bit.
I emigrated from South Africa to Canada twenty years ago and although so much time has passed, one is constantly reminded that one is an immigrant. The question arose in my mind “when does one cease to be an immigrant?” So I logged onto the SA Canada Facebook group to which I belong, occasionally giving advice to newcomers and enlisted some opinions from some of the folks in the group and also to refresh my memory of my immigration experiences. I posed four questions in the group:
- when do you stop being an immigrant and become a “non-immigrant”? For this question I was after their conscious mental switch-over and not the legal route of becoming a Canadian citizen
- when do you begin to identify with your new place of residence?
- when does it become home?
- when do you feel you lose ties with your old homeland?
I got a variety of answers, some not bothering with the questions at all, just voicing opinions on other subjects. But I did receive a number of very interesting responses and I plan on using these responses verbatim as captions for my photos.