Graduate News

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.”

Module Work

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Work created by first year Eva Brooks.

“This image was created for the T-Mobile brief of our module. I was inspired by the commercial partnership between T-Mobile and Netflix, and I wanted to show a group of friends laughing and having fun whilst watching a movie. My intention was to create a scene that people viewing the image could believe in and relate to.”

New Module Work

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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

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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.

Go East Young Man…

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We are pleased and proud to announce that graduate David Abrahams is now being represented by the prestigious EAST Photographic, a top London & New York based photographic agents. You can find out more about David and view his work here https://east.co/artists/davidabrahams

Treasure Hunt

Above: Each year we stage a photo treasure hunt for our freshers in which they have to create images in response to a list of directions and actions. These are some of our favourites from yesterday’s adventure.