Toronto Collaboration

This morning saw our lecturers Trudie Ballantyne and Grant Scott join with the Humber College, Toronto lecturers led by David Scott review the work created over the previous day in response to a live brief set by Toronto based Grocery Gateway. Here is a selection of the work created that will be exhibited at a central Toronto Gallery tomorrow afternoon.


Student Work

Our final post of module work created by our first year students during their last module of the year. These images were created by Jemima Wilch.

“I have been immersed with food images, cook books, magazines and recipe cards due to my mother’s passion for cooking. I narrowed down all of the thousands of ideas in these to an in depth study of vegetables.”

Student Work

New module work from first year Adam Chandler.

“During the Personal Portfolio module, I decided to focus on music photography, particularly the heavy music scene. During the development of this module I switched from using a zoom lens to a 28mm prime which allowed me to get more involved with the concerts and this made the process a lot more fun and also produced more effective images. Getting more involved with each concert made me pick up on the emotions coming from the crowd and band on stage varying from aggression to unity. This module has allowed me to make so many new friends and gain so much more confidence, I’m excited to what the rest of my time at university has to offer.”

Student Work

New module work from first year Eva Brooks.

“I chose to specialise in dance photography as it has been a passion of mine from a young age. After experimenting with different styles and ideas I ended up focusing on costumes and pointe shoes; creating movement using a long shutter speed and using a torch to dodge and burn areas of the images in camera. The finished work is conceptual and was so much fun to create.”

Student Work

Module work created by first year Jack Griffiths.

“The Personal Portfolio was a module that allowed us to explore and photograph our passions or areas of specialisation. I have always been obsessed with cars so I thought this would be great chance to take the leap into automotive photography.”

Student Work

New module work from first year Jake Spencer.

“Our brief for this module stated that we were required to create a portfolio of images based on our interests and passions to create a portfolio of a minimum of 10 images. For my personal portfolio, I decided to shoot styled portraiture as I love working creatively with other people and experimenting with colours and lighting.”

Student Work

Module work from first year Megan Williams.

“Here are is an edit of the images I created for the personal portfolio module. I chose to specialise on canine photography as dogs are a huge passion of mine. Photographing my area of interest was very enjoyable and it was great to see and hear the enthusiasm for the work from the rest of the group.”

Module Work

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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.

Module Work


A post-modern self-portrait created by first year Tiana Walton.

“Rather than offering a conventional image of a face or a landscape, I prefer to take a handkerchief, twist it however I like, and photograph it accordingly”. Antonio Palmerini’s portraits of young women have captured multiple versions of the girls. The images have a sinister feel to them. They seem to show another layer to the subject beneath the surface. The girls have a faint appearance as the movement in the face and body has been blurred. You could mistake them for a ghost. These blurred portraits stipulate split personalities. This concept can be strongly linked to mental health issues such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These effects by Palmerini were created using slow shutter speeds and double exposure images.

 Palmerini’s work is classified as post modernism as his work contradicts the restraining guidelines of modernism. Shape, line, texture have not been considered. His images are much more soft focus and relaxed. The movement captured in them is a show of free spirit. No guidelines,

 I have created work in this style previously when working on images for an interview brief. I used a slow shutter speed to capture a portrait image blurring across the space faded out to darkness. This created a smooth drag of colour which included defining details of the face allowing the face to be recognisable while movement is still being captured.

 I wanted to capture movement. I also wanted to incorporate mixed media which is why I printed out my portrait first and reshot the image, creating this multiple image effect. And I wanted part of this image to be in focus and the other part to be soft focus.