I started my MA in September, I chose to do the course full time, but there is a part time option and we are working alongside those who started part time last year and are now in their second year of the course and will be graduating when we do.
In order to get to know everyone we have all talked about and showed our work to eachother.
A selection of 6 students from last year all found a common ground in their work, which was the relationship between people and place. Their work complemented each others so well infact that they are currently exhibiting in East London as part of Photomonth. That exhibition is called…
For those of you able to get to London I recommend you go and take a look at this exhibition and whilst your in the East End, have a look and all the other photography exhibitions going on. You might as well make a day of it!
Here is a small selection of their photography.
Mitch Karunaratne 'After London'
Mitch: “This series focuses on the plotland development of Canvey Island. Canvey is sturdy, self-built and sinking; approximately 12 inches a century. It’s history of non-conformity, it’s geographical isolation and it’s precarious future, all contribute to its continued isolation and uniqueness. Individual liberty, community and diverse ways of living that have weathered the test of time ensure Canvey continues to teach us about the future of our towns. Throughout the island there is a sense of past lives and ways of doing things that haunt, giving rise to layered meaning and visual pleasures.”
Paul Walsh 'Between Man and Sea'
Paul: “With this series of photographs I attempt to capture quiet moments that illustrate the melancholic and introspective nature of this particular coastal area. I also strive to document my personal journey along the coast as a way of helping me to express and come to terms with my own feelings of aloneness and separation.”
Laurie Griffiths 'The Cryosphere'
Laurie: “These pictures exhibited at the MAP6 Coordinate exhibition, are new pieces shot in 2011 and feature in the forthcoming release of Griffiths’ first book from The Cryospherec– The Last Run. In this body of work, Griffiths explores how man has occupied these vast, frozen spaces in pursuit of leisure and personal challenge. From the frozen lakes of northern Scandinavia to the ski destination of the French Alps, Griffiths has pictured landscapes that are defined by the conspicuous presence of man. Pictures that convey the fragile relationship and ultimate struggle between those who honour the Natural grandeur of these expanses and their relationship as a race, with their demise.”
David Sterry '21st Century Towns Project'
David: “My current project is situated along the River Thames, running from the City in the west to Thamesmead in the east; one a symbol of 21st century global commerce and the other a 1960’s concrete vision of a 21st century new town living. The river, in fact and as a metaphor, offers numerous possibilities to develop a narrative around memory, life and death and times’ passage. I have chosen to use the river as an axis, both in the literal sense and as a measure of change. I present here a small part of a body of work, still a work in progress, that tracks through a number of intersections along its course to gauge the impact of cultural, social and environmental change on the imprint of the 21st century towns that inhabit its banks.”
Chloe Lelliott 'Same As It Never Was'
Chloe: “Same As It Never Was shows a landscape of memories mapped through a fictitious world. Fragments of a story spill out in a disjointed rhythm; with no clear path of cause and effect we are left with uncertainty and asked to experience them intuitively. We see glimpses of a narrative and images act as co-ordinates to a boundless whole, left open to possibilities.”
Heather Shuker 'The art of smoking'.
Heather: ‘The Art of Smoking Public smoking – once a common socially accepted activity – is becoming increasingly marginalised and pushed underground, and, with further legislation inevitable, the activity will soon be relegated to history.In this first series on pavement smoking, the photographs document the often covert act of public smoking, seeking to highlight the gestures around the communal and private moments of this activity.”
Private view Thursday 27th October.
Exhibition open Tuesday 25th October to Monday 31st October.
I hope you all find the work as interesting as I do!