Research is Everything, Everything is Research

In Semester 1 our second year students have been working on the direction of their photographic process, we have a drive to become more independent practitioners. Students experiment in a variety of ways making work relevant to them in genres they are excited about and discovering more personalised viewpoints, Research is Everything, Everything is Research.

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Photo UCLan Exhibition

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

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A selection of second year work from the Photography and the City module, was on display in the photography gallery area found above PR1

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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.

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Thanks to all that made it along, and congratulations to those exhibiting students. Well done everyone.

Tour de France 2014 – the Grand Depart

The Grand Depart of the Tour de France came to the UK from the 5th to the 7th of July.
Two staff from Photography, Jon Purcell and David Dennison, documented different aspects of the Tour in a number of Yorkshire locations. Photography student Laura Shepherd followed the Tour in France, accompanied by two MA Publishing students who will be producing a book of the event within the next few weeks.

Jonathan Purcell documented the area at the top of Cragg Vale – England’s longest continuous gradient. As the climb reached its peak many cycling fans waited at Blackstone Edge Reservoir before the descent into Ripponden.

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David Dennison concentrated on the route in Wensleydale and Swaledale, particularly the way in which local businesses and communities responded to the big event.

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Lancashire County Council Archives visit

Second year students took a trip to the Lancashire County Council Archives to get an insight into their working processes, how to become a contributor and what photographic treasures are held in the large collection.

Vicci McCann -senior archivist- was kind enough to dig out a range of interesting material from the archive to display to the students. Everything from a 17th Century hand written letter discussing the gun powder plot, to some early 20th Century Daguerreotypes were available for perusal.

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Building links with a local institution like this has become an excellent method of first hand learning for all involved.

Open Submission – Xu by Karl Child

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Karl Child a current second year student progressing into third year presents ‘xu’ a project exploring the lives of a Chinese family living in Preston. Karl explains the project:

“For my second year final assignment for the ‘Photography and the City’ module, and also as part of an on-going project for UCLan’s Confucius Institute, I have recently been working with a Chinese family who live in Preston, documenting their lives at home. The images are part of a larger project that looks at Chinese Heritage in the North West. The images were taken using a Walker Titan 5×4 camera, processed by Peak Imaging, and then I scanned them using the scanning facilities in the Media Factory. I used the Walker Titan camera as I was forced to slow down and think more about what I wanted to communicate and how I was going to compose my images. The whole process takes much more time and consideration than shooting on a digital camera and I believe this way of working improves both quality and concept.”

2nd Year students assist on Amberly Valentine Shoot

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Josh Payne & Bart Staszowski had the opportunity to assist Amberly Valentine (Uclan Alumni) during the shoot for the relaunch of Hedonist magazine in conjunction with Hasselblad, Republik agency and Luxe pr.

“It was a very glossy, sexy feeling shoot with 3 professional models, top make-up artists, hair stylists and stylists. It was in Velasquez suite in Cadogan Gardens, which is a swanky hotel in Knightsbridge. We both played parts in lighting set up and the general roles that an assistant is requested to do, ie brew breaks. It was a great opportunity to take part in & hopefully we will stay in touch with Amberly & other creatives that were involved.” – Josh and Bart