All posts tagged: Falmouth University

Crunch time for students at Free Range and more…

It’s show time for a new batch of graduates, with photographers and artists around the UK showing off the last work they’ve completed as students. The BA Photography and BA Photojournalism & Documentary Photography shows have already taken place at the London College of Communication, for example with strong portfolios by Herman Rahman and Freya Clayton-Payne, among others; the University of Westminster’s MA Documentary Photography and Photojournalism and MA Photography Arts students are showing their work at Ambika P3, London from 23-28 June, meanwhile, with new graduates including Cheryl Newman, former photography director of the Telegraph Magazine.

Free Range at London’s Old Truman Brewery, meanwhile, offers institutions based outside the UK’s capital the chance to show work in it, taking over the East London warehouses for two photography weeks – 22-25 June, and 29 June-2 July. Exhibitions are free and open from Friday-Monday both weeks, and institutions taking part include Falmouth University, Arts University of Bournemouth, and University of East London. Here BJP picks out our selection of the works that will go on show.

2018-06-12T17:36:45+00:00

Alexander Mourant’s Aurelian study of time and memory via classic butterfly houses

The classic British butterfly house acts as the backdrop to Alexander Mourant’s Aurelian, an evocative study of the passing of time and the slippery nature of memory. “These hot, artificial environments are used through the work to probe the nature of experience, such as an assembly point, or an artist’s studio, as an envisioned idea where time is not absolute but continuously contained and all-encompassing,” says the 23-year-old, who recently graduated from Falmouth University.

2017-07-25T15:00:14+00:00

Exploring the world of ‘reborn’ babies, and the women who collect them

Bought and collected mostly (but not exclusively) by women, ‘reborn’ babies are dolls made to look uncannily real. It’s a subject that is often sensationalised within the media, says Annabel May Oakley-Watson, who has spent months exploring the phenomenon for her final-year project Her curiosity led her to the ‘mothers’ and their stories. “It’s such a secret world, but I wanted to provide it with positive, not negative, exposure.” Made from vinyl or silicon, the dolls are usually handcrafted, produced to the point where they are almost indistinguishable from real babies. Costing anything from a couple of hundred pounds to thousands, they  weigh and even smell the same as real babies, says the student who graduates from Falmouth University’s Press and Editorial Photography BA course this summer. The 20-year-old began the project after visiting a reborn show in February 2014, “which completely opened my eyes” to the complexities of the subject. After initially photographing the dolls and accessories, which include everything from detachable hearts to umbilical cord clips and designer baby clothes, she began to focus …

2015-10-22T13:09:30+00:00

See the winners of BJP & theprintspace’s Showcase Competition

This year Joseph Ball, graduate of the BA photography programme at Falmouth University, was selected as the best in show at the Free Range Graduate Shows by BJP’s editorial director Simon Bainbridge. In addition to Ball, photographers Nic Rue and Ross Parker were highly commended.  Despite only recently graduating, Ball’s work is self-assured, focusing on the way images are absorbed in contemporary society and how that affects man’s relationship with the natural world. “There’s a constant onslaught of information through advertising and television and the internet and social media, so I’m reacting to that in my own way just by shooting impulsively at things I find strange. “Then I layer process upon process onto these images and leave artefacts of each process behind to hint at this confusion and just how deceptive and other-worldly images can be.” His grainy, bleakly monochrome photographs push the limits of an image’s capabilities to draw the viewer’s attention to the deceptive qualities of photography. “If you look at something like Google Street View, there are these seemingly objective presentations of …

2015-09-07T16:24:01+00:00

BJP Staff