Chester Art Beat is pop-up artists-in-residence walking trail, open to all ages, taking place in Chester between 25th-27th October 2018. Very excited to be the official photographer for this great event! I will be wandering between all eight venues on the 25th & 26th October, come and say hi if you spot me!
It's been a busy few months since completing my degree at the University of Chester. Not only have I got myself a part-time job, but I also spent a lot of summer working with Chester Visual Arts and invigilating their Pop Art in Print show. I had an amazing time working with such a great team and very much look forward to working with them again in the future.
I also recently graduated from the University of Chester at the beautiful Chester Cathedral. After feeling like my graduation was so far away, it came around so quick, and I am now officially a Graduate! It was a lovely day and I really didn't want to give my gown back...
Next, I'm taking part in the Chester Arts Fair at Chester Racecourse! A very exciting opportunity and I'll be there with my artwork all weekend so feel free to come and have a chat with me!
Part of my project City Unknown, is now on show in the A/Side - B/Side Gallery in London as part of the EMERGE exhibition. This exhibition features a collection of work produced by ten recent graduates from the University of Chester. Show dates: 29/06/17 - 04/07/17.
So my final few days of studying Photography at the University of Chester have arrived. Really excited to be putting my exhibition together, as well as feeling very stressed. All my three years of hard work go towards my final degree show, I can't believe how fast time has gone by, feels like yesterday I was starting first year! I've learnt so much during my three year studying here, met some amazing people and been incredibly inspired by them. While everyone is feeling stressed and worried, there's a real sense of community and support at the moment and it's such a nice feeling to have everything coming together. I am definitely going to miss being part of such a great community of creative people.
Here's a preview of one of my books that will feature in my degree show. This book is completely hand made by me, from creating the screen printed title to the hardback cover, I've had full control of the output of this book.
Within the book are the images I created at the beginning of the year within the project, Dislocation. It's focus is primarily on the way in which the city's surfaces reflect and collide elements of the city and dislocates them from their original contexts.
I have also created another book to accompany this one, entitled City Unknown, which features images taken from my main body of work for my major photography project. The books all follow a similar format, keeping a strong visual identity. I absolutely love making my own books, the process is lengthy, but it's so rewarding to see your hardwork put together in a lovely hardback book.
What is public space actually? Just because we can roam freely in the space, doesn't necessarily make it public. Most of the spaces in the city are actually private property, which give the illusion that it is public space. Where are we allowed to roam freely? Is anywhere really public space?
Today I visited Derby to see the FORMAT International Photography Festival. The festival featured a huge range of different photographers and artists, in a range of different locations across the city. With around 14 different locations to visit, I enjoyed a whole day of viewing a wide range of diverse and contemporary photography, displayed in a vast variety of experimental and unique ways. In terms of my degree show task group, curation, this was the perfect way to get an understanding of how a wide range of photographers with very different practices are brought together with the same theme; Habitat.
I left this exhibition feeling incredibly inspired, it encouraged me to consider alternative ways of displaying and presenting my photography. It highlighted how certain techniques can bring a vast collection of different practices together. I think you get so used to seeing work displayed in the same old way that it becomes boring, so seeing these techniques really bring a fresh and contemporary feel to the photographic work. I also think that holding it in Derby was a really good decision as it meant I got to experience and wander a city that I’ve never been to before and I really enjoyed it. I definitely received some inspiration and influence from the festival and will be keeping it in mind when it comes to setting up my degree show.
Towering buildings oversee our everyday activities in the city, while we overlook their intimidating presence.
Spent some time experimenting with Medium Format this week using the Mamiya 7 & Kodak Portra film. Really enjoy photographing the city as it transitions from day to night, capturing the colourful hues of both natural and artificial lighting. This transition also means that the city becomes devoid of human presence, almost transforming the space into a movie set.
The question of what is public space and what is private land features heavily throughout my practice. I often get security guards approaching me and asking me if I have permission to photograph there, even though this space is built for members of the public. What effect do the boundaries of the city have on the way we use and inhabit it? Is the space really public? Do we have right of way?
The floodlights throughout the city remind me of stage lights, illuminating the space even when the characters are absent.