Second year BA Photography student Laura Melrose-Smith is developing her practice shooting fashion in the urban environment, emulating the style of contemporary fashion photography but with a local connection.
“I take a lot of my fashion and photography inspiration from the United States, especially Los Angeles. I wanted to recreate the urban, edgy and feminine style you often see over on Instagram, but on the streets of Manchester.”
Laura, who recently exhibited her work alongside fellow students as part of Photo UCLan’s Open Practice module, shot using 35mm colour film to give the images an edgy, candid look.
“I am loving the current streetwear high fashion trend currently but I wanted to keep it super feminine and fun but ensuring there’s still an urban element to the images. I shot on 35mm purely because I love the gritty raw vibe you get which relates to the style of the model and location.”
You can see more of Laura’s work on her website.
The new Open Practice module continues to push pedagogical boundaries and stretch the imagination of students. Today the group were given six simple instructions and no other communication. Students approached the challenge in a unique and collaborative way.
- Gather in allocated group
- Go to your allocated space
- Observe your objects and materials
- Research and consider solutions
- Do something
- Meet back at 1pm to present your work
BA students take to the studio and head onto the streets to start to develop their photographic practice. Starting points are evolving.
Third year students exhibited new works in the PR1 Gallery, spanning a range of photographic practice, including, contemporary fashion, documentary, collage and the photo book
A selection of second year work from the Photography and the City module, was on display in the photography gallery area found above PR1
Year one and foundation students also be displayed photographic publications, which have been produced over the course this semester, exploring a diverse range of narrative driven photo work.
Thanks to all that made it along, and congratulations to those exhibiting students. Well done everyone.
Mel by Gabrielle Dawkins – year 2
experimenting with traditional studio portrait methods.
Photography student Laura Shepherd accompanied two of our MA Publishing students as they chased around France following Le Tour.
Here are some preliminary edits from stages 16 to 21.