Graduate News

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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 from 2017 Graduate Joe Williams.

“Following the Degree Show last year I was approached by the commissioning picture editor of The Telegraph. Since then we have kept in contact and I have now shot four commissions for them that have been published online as well as in print, including portraits of Eddie Hall, The World’s Strongest Man.”


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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.”

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

As part of the written theory module first years students had to create their own post-modern informed self-portrait and write an artist’s statement to accompany the image.

This is the first post of this work created by Carmel Anderson.

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“I thought of the people as puppets who were unstrung, mercilessly disempowered—not preyed upon, but living on the edge and not by choice,”– (Lorca diCorcia, 2014: Online)

Traditionally, art and photography were made to create an illusion. The better the illusion, the better the Image. Artifice within postmodernism does its best to expose how the illusion-making process works. It plays on the idea of being aware of the image and knowing that everything has been staged specifically for the photo. Finding the right balance between the image looking frozen in time and could come to life at any moment, yet making sure the viewer knows every element of the photo has been meticulously thought out.

To me, artifice is about creating a link between fantasy and real life. Seeing a beautifully shot image and being able to imagine it being a moving image, telling a story, but also being able to create your own story and possibly see yourself within that. As the photographer, being able to create a metaphorical blank canvas for the viewer to reflect their own feelings and stories onto.

Philip Lorca diCorcia has been my main inspiration for my self-portrait. diCorcia creates cinematic stills that are designed to evoke the emotion contained in real life situations. The theatrical and ‘in the moment’ atmosphere throughout diCorcia’s work, is what captured my attention the most. I was very interested in attempting to creating a dramatic image that wouldn’t look out if place in a film, whilst keeping in mind the intricate stylings that diCorcria uses.

In the photo above, I have attempted to recreate my own take on cinematic image that matched the theme artifice within the post modernism era.


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This in from second year Ellie Stafford.

“These are some spreads from my zine titled Bedlam, which is a small experimental zine documenting the chaos or ‘bedlam’ during London Fashion Week(s). The work was created during the Barbour S/S show, backstage at Tourne De Transmission and backstage and during the presentation of Phoebe English.”

2017 Graduation



Yesterday was the graduation awards ceremony for our 2017 graduates at Cheltenham Race Course. It was fantastic to catch up with so many of them and hear news of their experiences and success in securing work, placements and career opportunities. It was also very rewarding for the lecturers to hear from parents how their sons and daughters had benefited from being on the course and how much they had appreciated the level of support they had been given. Above are just some of our students that we managed to coral after they had received their degrees.