I know I haven’t blogged over the summer so I suppose I should share a bit of what I have been doing. One exhibition I visited was the Vogue 100 show at Manchester Art Gallery. Of all the exhibitions I’ve been to I think this is one of my favourites due to the sheer quality of the work. There wasn’t a single image that wasn’t exquisite!
I actually ended up going twice, the first time was with my family and the 2nd time with RedEye to hear the curator’s talk and have a chance to view the images child free.
My daughter was captivated by the video instalment.
Overall I was so impressed I even bought the book:
For my final major project at university I decided to focus on LGBT+ rights, from the perspective of an atheist humanist ally. I decided to focus on this after talking to the photographer Seba Curtis who suggested that my work was not reflecting issues that are in the public consciousness.
Tuesday the 17th saw me presenting and defending all the work I’ve done to finish my degree, and I have to say it felt like it went really well. All the feedback was positive and there were only a couple of things they mentioned that could have improved things. The first was that I could have mentioned the extra reading I did to support my final major project, particularly Barthes’ The Great Family of Man (well worth a read). The other was that I could have printed some of my work that I did for jobs outside of my major work. Fair comments and I look forward to seeing the results… I think.
Here are some of the extra prints I’m getting done for my portfolio:
Tuesday this week was the final academic thing I had to do for my degree, present and defend my work. I must have covered things pretty thoroughly though as there was very little defending that needed doing once I’d presented and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Dare I hope for a First? Fingers are crossed.
But before that we have an graduate show (Mrs Robinson?) to prepare for. We’re doing that the week beginning the 6th and the show opens on the 10th. Time for me to get a new outfit! Then after that all I have left is the graduation ceremony and I’m a free man, ready to spread my wings and enter the world afresh with…. oh no, wait. September will see me back at uni to start my masters degree. Ah well, freedom can wait.
And now I have to look back on all that I have done this year to promote myself professionally. Do we go blow by blow? Nah, the martial arts was last year. Maybe the highlights would be a better approach.
I mean, I started the year coming off an entrepreneurial placement year so the idea of just posting business related blogs could be a bit old, but that wasn’t the drive of the blog. No, the drive of the blog was cataloguing my progress, sharing what I am up to and who I am looking at and working with. Right from the start of my blogging I’ve been clear that I’m not one for creative writing, I leave that to my father – a man of quick wit and even quicker pen. All I can hope is that this blog has been slightly useful, informative and at least a little amusing.
This is the second to last post I will do about my Bachelor’s Degree, an it was a good last day of shooting. The variety to the day kept things really interesting for me with the day starting off with shooting my friend’s textile work which she has made for her final pieces. I met Becca last year on my EPY and so was happy to shoot her wonderful creations:
Yesterday I got an email from our tutor telling about Source Magazine and how positive an experience being involved in it had been for some of last years graduates. So naturally I jumped at the chance and contacted Source to see if we were not too late to be in this years submissions. After talking to Source on Twitter I arranged to be the lead student, and quickly got the details for all interested, their images and artist statements and the submission fee. I was very impressed with how quick my fellow students jumped at this opportunity and how organised they all are, especially with final hand in just days away!
Tomorrow I’ll be checking over their submissions and uploading them to Source.
You can see here a sneak preview of some of their work:
Back in January I went to the BIPP event What Makes an Award Winning Image presented by photography judge and trainer, Martin Grahame-Dunn. At the end of the night he volunteered to critique a couple of images each for the attendees, if they got in touch with him.
I did a couple of weeks ago and I’m really glad I did. As well as talking about the two images I had selected he also had a look over the series I’ve produced for my FMP and commented on my work in general.
Getting all of my images printed ready for exhibition has lead to me learning far more about papers and printing than I ever thought I’d need to know. For example, I have a couple of black and white prints so for an experiment I decided to get the same image printed both at the uni and by Metro print. I wasn’t sure how much of a difference to expect and was really surprised at how much of a difference there was!
Last week a lot of us photography students headed over to the Alec Soth exhibition at Bradford Media Museum. I swung by Huddersfield on the way to pick up my friend Karan then we headed over to Bradford together. We missed the first talk but had a chance to look around at Alec’s work before there were further talks about more of Alec’s other projects. I really enjoyed seeing his photography in print and LARGE on the walls, it gives it a whole different feeling than on screen.
A couple of images that stood out to me were these two: