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This in from 2017 graduate Georgia Burns.

“After leaving University last year I started working with a stylist/writer and we have been commissioned by several magazines for upcoming issues throughout 2018. Above is my first published images for the March issue of 25 Beautiful Homes.”
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“Whilst at university I worked with the interiors brand Topology and as they grew as a company we developed a good working relationship. When they began a collaborative project with Habitat I was the first photographer they mentioned and Habitat contacted me after looking at my website and commissioned me for the job. The images I have created have been used on their blog and social media channels.”
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News in from 2017 graduate Lucy Harris.

“Last year I was commissioned by The Telegraph Magazine’s ‘Best Of British’. The brief was to visit and photograph a traditional saddle maker based in Walsall and create a series of images, which were to include a portrait of the owner whilst they worked on a commission for the Royal Cavalry. It was a great commission and a fascinating subject, it was also a good opportunity to work on a timed shoot, as I only had a limited amount of time to get the shots before the interviewer for the article arrived.”

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News in from 2016 graduate Ben large.
“Since our end of year exhibition I have kept in touch with many contact’s that came to see our degree show in London. These contacts have led to commissions, assisting work and ongoing conversations and guidance in my career. After meeting the picture editor of The Telegraph and showing him my reportage work we stayed in touch. This has led to my first tabloid commission and having one of my images printed in The Telegraph. “
“This commission was a great opportunity for me to gain some trust in my competence as a photographer and apply what I had learned on the course. I really couldn’t have achieved without the contacts the lecturers gave me and the help I received in communicating by telephone in the Professional Practice module. It really changed a lot for me!”
“Hope you guys are having a great 2018, will keep you posted on how things progress.”

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More 2017 graduate news, this time from Kuba Junek.


“As I was leaving the UK I was already applying for jobs back home which I found interesting. I was invited to two interviews and the second one was successful for me as I was hired as a production assistant at Czech public television in Prague (the equivalent of the BBC in the UK). My work is based mainly around organising documentary film shoots and post-production.
“In my free time, I intend to shoot a personal work based around the Czech Republic as my homeland. The idea came to me when I realised that after travelling in Europe and living in the UK for three years I know only two places here properly – my hometown in the south and Prague. These two areas are both frequently visited by tourists and that is what I would like to avoid. I want to force myself to go with my camera to cities and towns which are not in the tourist guides but equally important for an honest portrait of the country. I believe that this work will be relevant and actual since 2018 has a symbolic meaning for Czechs. The country declared independence hundred years ago after the First World War, the Munich agreement was signed eighty years ago and the Soviet’s army occupation started fifty years ago. It seems like a good time for creating a portrait of the country from my own perspective.”
“I hope everyone on the course is doing well and I wish you all the best of luck in 2018.”

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This just in from 2017 graduate Reece Pickering.

This week, Lush Times photographer, Reece Pickering, reports on his recent visit to West Australia to visit a remote Sandalwood distillery which is benefiting the indigenous population, and delves into the illegal industry of felling Australian Santalum Spicatum. Reece has also been exploring how permaculture is being embraced by indigenous communities moving towards self-sustainability, and an Australian horticulturalist who is changing the way we look at the flora and fauna of the outback.

“My name is Reece Pickering, and I recently graduated as a 25 year-old mature student from the Editorial & Advertising : Photography BA (HONS) at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to the course I was finishing a stint of travelling, driving through Western Australia in a beaten up Ford Econovan late July 2014. The van broke down a couple of weeks later along with my options, and assessing my life’s direction; photography had always been present in my life, I just hadn’t thought it was even a career option.”

“Less than a month later, I was at the University’s studios practicing studio lighting, post-production, but most importantly the creative direction of my interests, and how they could be incorporated into my work. This took me in the direction of stylised portraiture and creative reportage, the former allowed me to begin approaching national editorial magazines, the latter then allowed me to visit narratives that were remote and unique to what other photographers were photographing. I began to incorporate aspects of studio lighting into remote international regions, and this began to put my own interests and work into interest from potential clients.

Through the encouragement to follow personal interests as opposed to following ‘trends’ or ‘styles’, my interest in documenting narratives in remote and hostile regions has brought me to becoming a photographer and filmmaker for Lush Cosmetics Global. This has brought me into a full-time role, working both nationally and internationally for Lush working in remote and hostile regions, in the short two months I’ve been there, I’ve been sent to South-East Asia, and Australia, with upcoming trips around the world.”

Though the placement was intended to be temporary, there is a possibility that the role could now be permanent with me dictating exactly where I wish to go to next. It’s set me a foundation to document the kind of work which never would have been possible on a personal budget, and an approach to visual storytelling that has made my role unique; for this I am forever grateful for my time on the course, and to my lecturers and mentors who continually encouraged me to keep going. It’s a relationship I now have with the University which I can’t wait to see develop and grow.”

“The course had given me the tools to accomplish what I set out to do with my work, from 5X4 large format film processing, to exploring the new world of moving image, which is currently a large portion of what I do in my role. But these were merely tools in accomplishing what I set out to do, the real importance from the course came from the contacts provided and encouraged by the lecturers, but they worked with me more so as mentors in explaining the business side, and the industry itself. This carried through from the beginning of defining my area of specialisation, to the current start of my career, where lecturers from the course are continually supporting my journey.”

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News if from 2017 graduate Rebecca Horton.

“I am working as an editorial assistant within a company who produce vegan titles including Vegan Life, PlantBased and an additional trade title. Since being here from early December I’ve been writing online content for their daily news articles and editorial content for the magazines. Cruelty free beauty is a personal interest of mine and over time I’m hoping to write about this for their online platforms. As I settle in I’m gradually being trusted with writing larger pieces and able to write about things I’m passionate about. I’m currently working on an environmental piece for the March issue of Vegan Life magazine.”

End of Year Show

Each year we stage an end of year show featuring work created by our first, second and third year students from some of the modules they have been working on since the beginning of the academic year in October. As always this year’s featured great work, prizes, table tennis and mince pies! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of our students!

Module Work

Work from second year Ellie Stafford.

“For my ‘Plastic Fantastic’ brief I focused on documenting recycled clothing from charity shops. Charity shops divert an average of 30 tonnes per annum of textiles from landfill sites annually in the UK. I created these images with Kezia focusing on re-using clothes on a budget of £30.”

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A post-modern self-portrait created by first year Aleena Hurst.

It is often stated, ‘the company we keep influences the choices we make’, if this is true does the people we meet in our lives influence the way we see the world.

Post-Modernism looks towards other forms of art and culture and take aspects into their own work. In this series of work, I was drawn to images that are distorted and imbalanced. Mainly focusing on Post-Modernist photographer Richard Hamilton. Hamilton had the ability to distort the main focal point of the subject and contrast it against a straight forward image. Stripping down each element which Hamilton does, makes the photo have a more self-reflexive view which was an area I wanted to explore.

Using different elements, I created a narrative behind the portraiture which is something Hamilton includes in his editorial pieces. Focusing purely on the eyes, it provides an opportunity to view the ‘window to the soul’ which influenced my vision of the world. This was often amplified in the abstract construction which Hamilton used by making collages instead of using just one individual image.

In my research of portraiture, I was motivated to create my own unique interpretation ‘the status of a signature and declares itself as an authentic presence of the individual’. This informed a link between my work and Hamilton’s by using two different elements (traditional and past portraiture) and layering them together to create a whole piece.

The limits within Post-Modernism are infinite. The development of the new world has enabled us to combine art sources making a platform for new interpretations of Post- Modernism which is a platform we need as artists to inspire each other.