Last week as part of the ‘Great Northern Creative Festival’ Photo UCLAN held our annual fieldwork photography Symposium, this year focussing on Documentary Photography.
We had a fantastic line up of speakers giving their perspectives on the vast and changing landscape of documentary concerns and practices, practitioners; Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen, Al Baker, Christopher Bethell, Evelina Simkute, John Darwell, Daniel Tierney, presenting their projects and methodologies as well as, contemporary theoretical debates and discussions from Thomas Dukes curator of the Open Eye gallery and photographer / author David Bate.
Thank you from everyone at Photo Uclan to all our speakers for your sharing your projects, passions and perspectives with us it was a fascinating, insightful day.
Images by Kenny Brown
To celebrate the launch of our third edition of NORTH, a publication of undergraduate, postgraduate and staff projects along side commissioned pieces of writing and interviews, we are making the second edition available for free download.
To receive your free copy of Volume one simply click here and follow the download link
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.
Eizo awards selected 7 BA Photography students from UCLan from over 200 applicants. The 7 BA students who were selected as ‘Notable Entries’.
Here you can see images from Malgorzata Majak & Ellie Jay Heatley
Other students shortlisted were the Kayleigh Hilton, Lewis Jones, Liam Warnock, Molly Cara Albin, Natalie Bishop
Initiated by artist Evelina Šimkutė, the Šilainiai Project is a collaborative endeavour based around the micro district of Šilainiai on the outskirts of Kaunas. On Friday Evelina led UCLan students on a photo walk around the area, which is home to a community of over 50,000 people over 7 districts.
Built in the 80’s, the district was one of the last large scale urban settlements before the break up of the former Soviet Union. As Evelina recalls, “I grew up in Šilainiai. My family was one of the first settlers and I still remember the smell of the freshly painted floor.”
Students spent the day engaging and interpreting the area as part of their ongoing research into the city and its environs.