aesthetics & emotions
Aesthetics and Emotions is a series of black and white film photographs I took whilst studying at the Winchester School of Art. The aim of this newspaper is to highlight the importance of photography as a medium for capturing memories that would otherwise fade. They may not be works of art to a criticâ€™s eye but then most photos never are and thatâ€™s perfectly fine.
I love the weather. I love how dynamic it is, the constantly changing canvas above us. I remember once I was out walking on a glorious sunny day and before I could get home a huge black cloud had rolled in and a torrential shower isolated me and drenched me, even with my umbrella. Winchester was also the first place I experienced decent snowfall, wasn’t so great a week later when you had to take your life in your hands just to get down the hill and into University when it was open.
One of the main reasons I chose Winchester School of Art was its idyllic countryside setting, a short walk and I was in beautiful wooded areas and away from the city. I originally thought I wanted to move to London but after my years in Winchester I’m not sure anymore.
| 02 When it came to choosing a University to go to I never really planned to go very far so I didn’t research very many courses or Universities. I didn’t realise however that the course had only started the year before. | 03
| 06 For second and third years me and three others moved into a rented house in Winnall and despite its problems it was a pretty good house. Except when we got a £2,500 phone bill from the previous occupants, that wasn’t great. Or when two of my housemates broke up and the girl screamed at him late at night, that was pretty scary to be honest. | 07
It was only in the third year that we finally got to use the Rotunda, apparently they use it as a sort of reward for sticking with the course which is just as well because I sometimes wondered about the quality of teaching and available equipment. Printing near deadline was always pretty impossible.
Of course the location for the house wasn’t perfect, Winnall was a bit of a dodgey area, quite a few chavs and drunk people walking home. The hedge in front of the house got pretty messed up with all the people that jumped into it. Also when someone smashed our lounge window while we were all sat in the room. And when another person decided to use our garden to escape from a police car.
Every time a brief was handed out my mind would race with loads of different ideas, something I was always fortunate to have. Ideas just kept coming to me, at home, in bed and whilst staring at the ceiling. The Rotunda ceiling was definitely a highlight when it came to all the ceilings I’ve stared at.
My room was the biggest, the warmest in Winter and the best equipped. My computer was more powerful than the Mac Pros in the video editing suite and best of all it was built by me. I was always pleased when my housemates watched Heroes with me on my screen, it was as big as our telly anyways.
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