As part of the Constructed image module, a group of second year students completed a lecture and workshop session examining the relationship photography has with three dimensions. The short session accumulated in the students using found imagery to create their own three dimensional photographic art piece.
Once the objects had been completed, they were then rephotographed in studio conditions, raising questions about the validity of photography as art, and the value of an art object.
Second and Third Year Lecturer Brian J Morrison’s recent solo exhibition was part of this year’s Belfast Photo Festival. His work Ripped Chiselled and Rock Hard is a photographic installation created through sourcing images from past issues of extreme bodybuilding publication Muscle and Fitness.
“Via the act of re-photographing, re-printing, enlarging, cutting, mounting and balancing, Morrison presents a selected number of photographs used in advertisements from Muscle and Fitness (1980 to 89) outside of their original visual context. The cut-out images in Ripped, Chiselled and Rock Hard have not been manipulated and remain as they were found in their magazine, with no alterations made other than enlarging the image after tracing its outline and removing it from its background.With their subjects in a state of activity, ‘flex’ or ‘pump’, these representations seek to encourage the male viewer to admire the apparent physical strength, yet never lust after the sculpted body. This ideology is reinforced via another commonly used visual construction of hetero-masculinity, in which these bodies attain not only an identity but also become the possession of a female admirer”
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.”
Recently graduated Corina compares the role of waste workers in different cultural settings in the Uk and China through a series of Portraits exploring issues of gender in the visible workforce. Corina explains:
“In China it appears that waste collectors are in abundance, largely due to the need to create jobs for its vast population. Despite their widespread presence they, like the waste collectors in the UK, are a typically invisible group of citizens within their respective society. However, if these workers in this trade vanished, the general public would almost certainly become very aware of them. In contrast to the British waste collectors earnings, the Chinese workers wages are a small fraction of what the British workers are paid. Gender is an issue that is raised when comparing the two countries; in China there are just as many female waste collectors as male. This is strongly contrasted with the UK where female workers in this industry are greatly outnumbered. There are many questions raised by the project and thy leave me wanting to further explore this matter.”
Corina Pickering is a portrait photographer based in the North West. Her work explores gender and society.
To see more of her work and further images from this project, visit www.corinapickering.com
Ozone Dave is a collaborative project that I & Megan Mandeville , UClan fashion styling student, produced. The principal element to the project was based around enduring fashion styles. Megan chose the sitter & I organised the documentation processes. I found it appropriate that the sitter became in charge of the representation of his identity. This led me to give him the option of using his own old imagery & shooting on a basic point & shoot film camera to have past & present documents of him throughout his life. This then led onto postproduction work which enabled me to consider the possibility of the future of rockabilly fashion. His shop is ironically called Ozone, which ties in well with this perpetual space like fashion style. I was concentrating more on the clothes & additions to the human body hence why I have chosen to delete the visible skin; this also causes an uncertain anonymity about the work much like, where enduring fashion styles are likely to transpire to. This uncertainty & experimentation coincides with the way we perceive space & time; this is where I chose to link the two together in more of a light hearted humorous way. The gifs were put in place to remind us that the styles go through changes but repeat themselves sure enough.
The countdown to this years graduate exhibition at London’s foremost Art, Design and Photography show case Free Range has begun. 15 Graduates have been selected to show their work this year and we are all very excited about this.
Last year was a fantastic sucess with a number of influential visitors attending. UCLAN documented the opening night and chatted to 2012 graduate Ayesha Jones about her project, Imperfection
“It’s the result of thinking—and I see this with students all the time—that using the view camera forces conscious, decision making. You can’t sort of stand somewhere, and it is exactly where you want to be. Do I want it here, or do I want it there—two inches this way or two inches that way.”
– Stephen Shore
The MA cohort were inducted into the 5×4 View Camera, they spent the sunny afternoon working in a small group getting to grips with this format and exploring it’s implications when producing imagery.
This format produces great detail and students were taken aback by the clarity of the ground glass, the flipped image causing them to slow the process down and consider composition in a way that they haven’t before.
Using large format sheet film can be a very costly exercise, so the students also explored an experimental way of producing prints using darkroom paper negatives. The developed results provided unique and unpredictable prints that mirrored the subjects they put before the camera’s gaze.
Stephen Shore – Uncommon Places Interview
Uclan Photography Lecturer Mark Reeves was asked to photograph the front cover of new quarterly publication ‘The Hive’ for Frodsham a small town in Cheshire where his office is located. The cover image selected features of a 50ft helter skelter that is one of only two left in the world of this type. The original helter skelter located on Frodsham hill was a northwest icon and legend has it after The Beatles rode it it inspired them to write the helter skelter song.
Two second year students Gemma Bamber and Adam Hutt exhibited work as pop up exhibitions in Preston city center today as part of the Open Project 2013.
Gemma Bamber exhibition
Gemma exhibited a series of portraits at Preston Market with a help of local store holder John, her project explored store holders at the car boot sale that happens every tuesday and thursday in Preston City center.
Adam Hutt catch 22 exhibition
Adam Hutt exhibited a series of images entitled ‘Catch 22’ at the Corn Exchange in Preston city center displayed in Mixed media using a mix of a digital screen and framed print work. The series of images explores the passion and range of emotions football fans experience when watching matches. The images are combination of studio portraits taken while fans watch the games and documentary images captured at football matches.
The final day seen the students and staff gain access to C/O Berlin, the most established gallery in Berlin dedicated to Photography. Co-Curator and project manager, Ann-Christin Bertrand, met the students and took them on a guided tour of the currently un-furbished new gallery space. Having moved from the former imperial Postfuhramt in Berlin-Mitte, C/O Berlin relocated into an old American cultural centre building -Amerkia Haus- built just after the second world war. This unique opportunity to catch a glimpse inside the walls of a gallery space prior to is refurbishment is one that the general vistor to Berlin would never get to see.
The attitude and willingness to engage with the students of Ann-Christin Bertrand capped off a truly memorable and productive trip to the ever fascinating German Capital.
Many thanks to all the students and staff involved for making it such a sucessful week.