nicole looker visual journalism visual storytelling
Artist Statement With this project I want to give an insight in to photographers, particularly photography students. The issue I began this project focusing on, was the idea that some people believe creativity based degrees to be easy or unnecessary. There is not a single photographer who hasnâ€™t had someone comment on how fun it must be to be a photographer. For this project I wanted to show how important a course like BAVI is to the students who are graduating, how being here and learning from lecturers and through working with multiple disciplines, subjects and techniques have helped them grow as artists and as people. Initially my plan was to talk to and photograph some of the negative commenters, but interestingly many of the ones I talked to were uncomfortable with being associated with the things they have said. Of course I thought of this possibility and so I had already thought of this more positive alternative; to tell the story of the importance of BAVI, through the words and images of the photographers themselves. So from the initial negative â€œissueâ€?, I have turned the project into a profile of soon-to-be graduates. The quotes were originally going to be something someone had said to them about studying photography, but when I started working on the project I realised that I wanted to keep the pages positive so I asked them for q quote that has kept them going while they have been studying. I have photographed them using the ttv (through-the-viewfinder) technique. This technique consists of two cameras; a digital camera to take the actual photograph, and a twin reflex box camera with a large square viewfinder. The final image is different with every box camera and the final image is always interesting; with dust specks, light leaks and slight distortion around the edges. This technique is not common and, although it looks quite simple, it takes a lot of practice to get the technique with your specific cameras perfected. The second image on each page is an image created by each photographer in their last year of study, showing the kinds of skills they have learned and how they have grown as artists.
“whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right”
STEPHANIE HEDGES. 22. PALMERSTON NORTH. STUDIED JAPANESE AND MARKETING BEFORE BAVI. FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER/S: TONY DRAYTON, JULIA KUZMENKO, ALEXIA SINCLAIR, CHARLES HOWELLS, FIONA QUINN. WORK: COLOUR SERIES FROM FIRST SEMESTER BASED AROUND THE BLACK MILK CLOTHING LABEL. OVERALL FAVOURITE IMAGE IS MY AIPA SILVER AWARD WINNING PHOTO OF MY FRIEND PHOEBE WITH FLOWERS IN HER HAIR. (IMAGE ON LEFT OF PAGE). FUTURE GOALS: ADVERTSING AND FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY. TO WORK IN AUCKLAND AND BUILD UP A REPUTATION AS BOTH AN ASSISTANT AND A PHOTOGRAPHER. FUTURE DREAMS: TO BE A BIG NAME IN ADVERTISING - DOING ALL THE BIG BEAUTIFUL JOBS.
penny aspin PENNY ASPIN. 40. ALWAYS WANTED TO DO PHOTOGRAPHY BUT AT THE TIME IT WAS CONSIDERED A HOBBY, NOT A CAREER.
words to work by “slow is smooth and smooth is fast” LIVED A FEW LIVES, TRAVELLED AND WORKED IN JAPAN AND BRAZIL. BEFORE DECIDING TO DO WHAT SHE HAD ALWAYS WANTED. FAVE PHOTOGRAPHER/S: ANNIE LEIBOVITZ AND SUE BRYCE, SEBASTIAO SALGADO’S WORKERS, JOYCE TENNESON’S WOMEN SERIES WORK: THE GLAMOUR PORTRAIT SERIES FOR THE MAJOR PROJECT. FUTURE GOALS: FINE ART PORTRAITS, GET BUSINESS STARTED, COMPLETE NZIPP Q’S. FUTURE GOALS: RUN SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND GET KNOWN AS AN ARTIST.
BETH DAWSON. 21. PALMERSTON NORTH VIA WAIPUKURAU. STUDYING BAVI AT UCOL. FAVOURITE PHOTOGRAPHER: STEVE CURRY, HIS HONEST PORTRAITURE AND USE OF COLOUR. AS WELL AS CONCEPTUAL FINE ART. WORK: THE ANIMAL EAR PORTRAIT SERIES (BELOW). FUTURE GOALS: USE SKILLS LEARNT AT BAVI WHILE WORKING AS A YOUTH LEADER WITH CROSSROADS CHURCH IN PALMERSTON NORTH.
FUTURE DREAMS: TO WORK WITH PEOPLE AND USE SKILLS AND CREATIVITY TO BENEFIT PEOPLES LIVES.
“You call me out upon the waters- the great unknown where feet may fail. And there I find You in the mystery, in oceans deep my faith will stand”