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Photography can touch you… A message during lockdown: I’m sitting in the garden and feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin and thinking about the multitude of ‘new normals’ that might emerge from this period of enforced slowdown. That, as the world around us shrinks to fit into our immediate surroundings, our bedrooms, gardens, streets and parks, the space also grows to imagine new possibilities that carry the potential to both delight and terrify. But perhaps it took this demand to ‘socially distance’ and ‘self-isolate’ to fully realise how much we need each other, that we really are all in this together. That it is our collective responsibility to help make the world around us, a more sustainable, equitable, better place to live. So, we need each other, we need to share ideas, offer new perspectives, to collectively construct new realities. This can and will happen in a multitude of ways, but we can be sure that photographic forms of representation and communication will play its part. The light that warms my skin, is the same energy utilised by the camera to represent the world around us, not only to record ‘what was’ but to point towards what is possible. The light that warms my skin is the light that flooded into the cameras of the graduating students and fills the images of their work on show here, bask in the collective glow of their creative ingenuity. Even in these socially distant times, photography can touch you.
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Nicholas Ashman ✺ Hanna
Freya Clark ✺ Olivia C
Rhianne Downey-Daily ✺ Leann
Leanne Gibson ✺ Lucy Hardw
Michael Howley ✺ Jade Jackson
Chloe Masters ✺ Renata M
Isabella Pozzi-Carioti ✺ Charle
Nicola Shackleton ✺ Ellie She
Brandon Stead ✺ Holly St
Olivia Taylor ✺ Megan W
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ah Buckley ✺ Sam Chignell
Clarke ✺ Grace Collins
ne Galloway ✺ Bethany Gerard
wick-Miles ✺ Jessica Hornby
n ✺ Jaskiran Kaur ✺ Jack King
Matejkova ✺ Emma Orwin
es Reed ✺ Jessica Sanderson
epherd ✺ Devonne Simmonds
tephenson ✺ Chloe Taylor
Walker ✺ Katie Wildsmith
I Stare At My Town On Another Difficult Day
A fracture has appeared in society. An us vs them attitude has appeared which has disrupted friends and families. This work makes the viewer confront people who voted or wanted to vote in the Brexit referendum but doesnâ€™t tell them how. It also forces
them to see people they may not wish to, but also gives them insight into what they are like and who these people are. This is an attempt to heal that fracture by showing us that in the end we are all human.
Around 3.7 million workers commute for two hours or longer every day in England. ‘Tickets Please’ focuses on the journey’s individuals like me do daily and aims to show the rhythm of those commutes.
Two Cigarette Burns
Two Cigarette Burns is an exploration into the life of my Great Grandpa, Peter Jack Lee, formerly Piotr Marian Radzio. His starting point being, when he arrived in the UK after fleeing Poland in 1939, to his death in 1993, my work is a tool used to explore his life.
Through the Looking Glass
This project studies the invasion of humans on animal life. Itâ€™s an important topic to talk about because it is something few people take into account, viewing zoos as a form of entertainment rather than a necessary man-made home, after we as a human race have damaged their natural habitat.
The images I created in this body of work were centred around cherished and beloved family photographs, more importantly the photographs taken of my Grandadâ€™s lost wife, Ann. I aimed to create a range of images portraying metaphorically, how he saw her through the use of colour and flowers. Youthful, beautiful, radiant and pure.
End of Their Strands
My photographic project doesnâ€™t just look at the beautification of hair (using the macro and microscopic photographic techniques) but challenges culturally dominant tropes of hair signifying beauty or virility. End of Their Strands offers an alternative means to look at and explore the complex relationship we have with our hair.
We do routines everyday â€“ this project focuses on my own relationship with my partner and our shared spaces. It shows moments, plucked out of the ordinary that are a part of the mundanity of everyday life. Moments that would normally be overlooked.
My commercial portfolio is tailored towards post graduate work in the fashion industry. Through collaborations with other creatives and working from live briefs, I have created a series of fashion â€˜editorialâ€™ style photographs that demonstrate my skill sets within a studio and location environment.
This series represents how it is not possible to interpret a personâ€™s life through a single image. Looking at a single portrait can often tell us something about a person, however a photograph will always be two-dimensional. The different layers creating an individual cannot always be seen through a single image.
Working From Home
A project that goes onto looking at working from home. The distractions, setups and the clothing that people wear when they have been taken out of their version of â€˜normalityâ€™ and thrown into a new one.
Be My Friend, Not My Enemy
At 10 years old, I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, an incurable chronic illness. I have aspired to tell the most accurate version of my story of living with diabetes, through this work. Water and light are both very present throughout as representations of light, dark and reflection.
My project investigates attitude towards women in sport and how these portraits can represent them to full effect. I approached teams and individuals to capture both action and portraits of them in their chosen sport and wanted to portray their strength and determination. I have been able to promote women and encourage others to consider their opinions going forward.
Feed The Need
My project recorded the operations of Knottingley Food Bank, West Yorkshire. Staffed by a group of lovely volunteers who worked hard for people in dire circumstances. This image depicts the nature of the produce given to their clients as well as the many important non-food items.
An on-going series of portraiture and streetwear fashionbased images, using a mix of genders to depict the gender neutrality and fluidity of streetwear. A subculture and a lifestyle through the expressions and attitudes of individuals that do not conform to one culture, race, ethnicity, age, sexuality or gender.
The Souls of Sikh Women
My project on the Sikh-punjabi culture and religion consists of portrait images of young and old punjabi women in the Gurdwara (Sikh Temple). The photographs chart the ongoing evolution of Sikh culture and identity in Britain, as the communityâ€™s connection to its cultural roots subtly shift from generation to generation.
This Display Needs Configuration
A personal project that explores the poetic nature of how the internet has over-complicated our personas. Inspiring me to investigate the desires and intimate fears of wanting to be looked at, this body of work is a visual representation of what it means to exist within the current age.
My Project has been based on creating a commercial Portfolio of work, consisting of fashion beauty and product photography â€“ to do so, I have created via briefs with other creatives or self-directed briefs. This has given me knowledge on networking, post production, and experimentation of lighting techniques necessary for industry standard work.
Landscape has been hidden and discovered, cursed and celebrated, destroyed and rehabilitated. I am interested in interpreting landscapes bereft of anyoneâ€™s opinion. I am allowing my ever-changing approach to reflect the ever-changing subject matter, looking for a balance within it and myself, whilst keeping the change as the only constant of the project.
As the final year of my photography degree comes to an end, I really wanted to focus on my professional practice. I aimed to create a beautiful portfolio of commercial work, which will showcase skills in which I have learnt over the last three years.
‘The Gesture’ is about talking but not having to say anything. When talking, the concentration is locked on the face, the gestures are overlooked in a conversation. They don’t necessarily add to the conversation, but their flamboyance creates their own. Alone, they stand as a suggestive action towards our emotions, which sub-consciously, we can recognise.
An ongoing project about waste and how it has become a plague on our landscapes. We have the ‘out of sight out of mind’ mindset towards litter – I am seeking to highlight these areas in which we have become desensitized to seeing it, and so has become a part of day-to-day life.
Homeland is an ongoing project which is an exploration into the farming industry, specifically looking at women in what is usually seen as a male-dominated field. I have built a relationship with each farmer and explored the connection they have with the landscape and animals they have stewardship over.
My World Moves Slower At Night
This series of images explores the meditative state of mind experienced when walking. They focus attention towards an intimate relationship between myself as the photographer and the landscapes photographed. Frequently devoid of active human figures, yet suffused with energy, they play on the interaction between artificial lighting and the inescapable shadows of the night.
A Perfect Substitute
Based on the lives of young women and the everyday beauty standard pressures they face. I strive to demonstrate how women portray a mask of themselves in order to gain social approval from their peers - I aim to celebrate the power these masks have, and how young women can use them as a tool to portray a confidence they might not otherwise obtain.
I Can’t, You Can’t
My subject matter is food, not just any food, but disrupted substances in the form of sugar and addiction, something which our bodies naturally crave. By ruining the ‘perfect’ ideology for others of what I cannot have from diet alone, I tell the viewer that they ‘can’t’ have what I also want.
An Identity Lost In The Past
The Dictionary definition for identity is simply ‘the fact of being who or what a person or thing is’. This becomes tarnished when an identity feels lost in the past. Personal feelings of doubt and transformation have confined my life – the work represents a release and escape from these emotions.
I wanted to step away from mainstream fashion photography and focus on self-representation, not using stylists and makeup artists to transform the women I photograph into completely different people. My work celebrates individuality and self-expression, whilst empowering women to be themselves.
The Mountains, There You Feel Free
Becoming a mother has altered my perception on many fundamental assumptions I had. The project draws connections to the pursuit of happiness through an alternative lifestyle, one that focuses on leading a more fulfilled life, established on caring for the environment that we will one day leave for our loved ones.
An Ethics of Seeing
My focus is the overlooked every day, specifically highlighting the beauty in the banal that would otherwise go ignored and unacknowledged. My practice is founded on ideas of complex thinking translating through seemingly simplistic work, and of how the unconscious mind plays a role in each creative process.
â€˜Chapter XXIIâ€™ is a series of self-portraits, exploring my personal journey. It explores the idea of transforming in open spaces, understanding the distance between camera and mind. It is a form of escapism, understanding my own relationship with the landscape and creating a form of meditation.
Constructing a new 5.5km route, Volker Rail and MPT continue to expand their work in Greater Manchester by creating a new line from the existing stop Pomona Metrolink stop, through Trafford Park, terminating at Intu Trafford Centre. This exploration explains the confounding and unsystematic process applied to something so delicate by portraying their human endeavour.
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