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.
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.
As part of my photography practice, I aim to provide altered perspectives of the many environments I am immersed within. One environment that I am always drawn back to is the city and this project, Dislocation of Space, explores how we navigate through the city and how it affects our perception of space.
When visiting the city, I aimlessly wonder without the constraints of any specific destination in mind, this allows me to observe the things that we tend to overlook. The city is home to many important aspects of our daily lives, it’s a place for us to live, to work, to shop and most importantly it’s a place for community and culture. But the constant navigation through a familiar space can lead us to become less aware of our surroundings.
The series of images above have been captured during my aimless wonderings of the city. These images have not been constructed within photoshop, nor are they made up of multiple exposures, they are purely a collision of the many aspects within the space merged together using the city’s reflective surfaces. These collisions, or accidents, dislocate parts of the city from their original contexts, where historic buildings are forced into modern shopping centres and mannequins are brought out into the street. So, not only are these images depicting what is directly in front of me, but they also show other factors that would normally be beyond the camera’s frame.