All posts tagged: Projects

In a gesture and a flash

“The Hour Between is about the frustrations of not being able to access the full creative potential of your subconscious mind,” says 22-year-old Laura Kale, who has just completed a BA in photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. “It’s a bit like that feeling when you have the most bizarre dream, but it vanishes from your memory when you wake up, and you cannot relax your mind enough to reclaim what you saw. “The project is about a figure who takes on a new state, which is not quite human but not quite ‘other’, as she interacts with her surroundings. She is breaking free of inner frustrations and, with that, taking on a new form.” Kale’s aim, she explains, is to suggest something manifesting before the viewer’s eyes – “although you never quite know what you are looking at”. [bjp_ad_slot] The figure in each image is Kale herself. “The angles of the body and gestures came about through reading about performance artists while researching my dissertation, and Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis,” she explains. …


Graduates question photography and meaning in projects that touch on UFO sightings and a remote island in the South Atlantic

If you’ve heard of fourteen-nineteen – the publisher behind books by Jamie Hawkesworth, Daniel Shea and Sean Vegezzi – you may be surprised to hear that its founders are only just graduating. Lewis Chaplin and Alex F Webb started collaborating in 2008 after finding each other’s work on Flickr. After studying together on the art foundation course at Camberwell College of Arts, Webb went to the University of Brighton to do photography and Chaplin headed to Goldsmiths College to study anthropology, with a particular interest in visual anthropology. The pair continued to publish books together and work on collaborative projects (such as Mr Cad, which documents the eponymous Croydon camera shop’s last hour of trading), while also working on their own projects. Webb’s two related projects, Blind Landing Experimental Unit (BLEU) and Sunrise County, both take alien life on earth as their subjects. BLEU focuses on Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk, the location of Britain’s most famous UFO sighting, while Sunrise County purports to show photographs by a Suffolk local named Norman Scoggins, as well as images by …


Dancers frozen mid-jump

Curious about the temporary state of weightlessness we experience when jumping, Tomas Januska decided to make it the theme of his final-year project at the University of East London. Approaching dancers from companies including the Rambert and English National Ballet, he photographed them using a simple one or two flash setup. The Lithuanian-born photographer, who took up photography in 2009, spent seven months working on the series, entitled Gravity. “I wanted my final project for my BA to capture a sense of movement, life and freedom,” he says. “People are moving less and less, so I wanted to show what they are missing out on. As the project evolved, I photographed ordinary people as well as dancers because I realised that some professional dancers are restricted by the rules of dance… photographing people who are not associated with dance or sport was the best decision I could have made because they did not know the rules of dance and consequently were able to ‘give themselves away’ in the studio.” Each person he photographed made between …


“Anyone from outside is seen as an intruder, especially when you have a camera with you…”

“Portuguese forcados lie somewhere between the bullriders of the Americas and the bloodier bullfighters of Spain,” says Eduardo Leal, who is graduating this year with a Masters degree in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the London College of Communication. “Unlike in Spain, where the bull is stabbed to death if the matador wins the contest, the forcados wrestle the animal [its horns are capped] with their bare hands as a display of determination and bravura.” Leal embarked on the project in a bid to rediscover his country, he says. Having lived away from Portugal for some years, exploring its traditions would, he reasoned, allow him to get back to his roots. “I don’t support bullfighting, but forcados have always captured my attention. I remember stopping in front of the television to look at these crazy men wrestling bulls and wondered what motivated them.” Wanting to better understand this tradition, the 34-year-old set about fostering a relationship with a group of forcados; he was unable to take pictures straight away as he had to spend time getting to know the …


A project that touches on the human need for common belief systems

“For the past three years at college, my photography has been narrative-based and focused on the merging of reality and fiction,” says Gemma Dagger, who has recently completed a BA in photography at City of Glasgow College. “A previous project looked at Alpine folk traditions and occult philosophy. I suppose the Maryhill Peoples Group and Community Hall project was a continuation of my need to create these odd worlds.” For this series Dagger created a fictional group, which she photographed in a local community hall in Glasgow. Inspired by television programmes about hypnosis, as well as religious shows and occult rituals, Dagger explores ritualistic behaviour and the various constructs and forms of religion by instructing her subjects (mostly friends, who volunteer to take part) to pose in specific ways. The project touches on the breakdown of community, group mentality and the human need for a belief system, she explains. “I wanted to create a fake construct – Maryhill Peoples Group and Community Hall – and produce a small pamphlet of images and words as a …


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