Manchester-based third year student Lauren Jo Kelly has been exploring the world of drag through her photography project ‘Life’s a Drag’. Working with five queens, each dressed her as their drag persona, projecting their own alterego onto her.
Lauren Jo Kelly as Anna Phylactic
Lauren Jo Kelly as Cheddar Gawjus
Lauren was featured on The Gay Agenda Radio last week as “Drag Queen of the Week” and was interviewed about her project.
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We recently embarked on a photography research trip to Blackpool during trips week to continue to explore ideas in the town. These images continue a long standing interest to explore ideas of Blackpool as a town in constant Flux, the contrast between carnival and calm, change and tradition, focusing on architectural spaces along the new promenade developments that have taken place over the last decade.
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.
Building links with a local institution like this has become an excellent method of first hand learning for all involved.
The second year students had a new module option this year to complete a live project with several fashion labels, we collaborated with Lisa Stannard, Ballet Candy and a Levi’s brief from Love Creative,the students followed client briefs and created responses to fit the brands. Here are some results:
Photo UCLan believe a strong international network is an important part of a young photographer’s career, the course highlights and encourages international opportunities. Recently third year student, Karl Child, visited Paris Photo to work with Foam Magazine.
As part of the practical workshop programme this semester, first year BA (Hons) Photography students have been exploring the studio, developing their technical and interpersonal skills, whilst also considering the nature of the photographic studio as a creative space.
Last week, students were set a simple brief to design a style and strategy to apply to a series of portraits. They experimented with ways of provoking a reaction/response from their subjects, either disarming their sitters or putting them under duress. Working in small groups they analysed the relationship between photographer and subject, questioning the notion of either party holding power when the shutter’s pressed…
This week the groups created their series of works, under live conditions and to tight time limits, they took control of the studio space and acted out their strategies:
© Ian Sharpe, Joe Williamson, Natashca Istratoglou, Roxy Moss, Thomas Rees
© Ali Hibberd, Damian Klemczak, Emma Givens, Abi Moss-Coomes
© Jason Rose, Ashleigh Swan, Eli Stewart, Charlie Stanton, Andrew Rawlinson
© Iain Hamilton, Beth Furbey, Petra Viltova, Rebecca Keogh
© Kendall Willmore, Holly Flethcher, Claire Rogan, Beth Holiday, Anna Hodgson, Bethanie Lawson