This in from 2017 graduate Georgia Burns.
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.”
News in from 2016 graduates Rob Gifford and Seb Nowell.
“We have just completed a film for the jeweller Glenn Spiro. This project came about from a referral from a previous commercial video project that we both co-directed for a luxury brand called HRH Haute Couture. From there we were referred onto Glenn where we developed a concept for the video and pitched it to Glenn with a treatment after researching similar brands and referencing videos that Glenn mentioned in the original meeting. We completed two shoots and had eight people on set for each and then the final video including the animations was edited by Rob.”
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.”
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.”
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!
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.”
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.
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.