Tilli JohnsonBA(Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Boys can wear makeup too!
Boys can wear makeup too! is a series which explores a topic under the genre of fashion photography, a topic that is typically taboo, which is males not being allowed to wear makeup. The reason for this is that makeup is seen as a feminine thing and males wearing makeup would damage masculinity; or so society has taught us to believe. With society trying to put individuals into gender categories, my images capture the contrast of both of these categories merged into one, with my male model wearing male clothing, but with a face full of makeup. The purpose of this series is to get across the message that makeup shouldn’t be seen as a female-only thing, but everybody, no matter what gender, should be able to enhance their features, give themselves a confidence boost and/or express themselves artistically.
Website: tillijohnson.co.uk / Instagram: @tilli.johnson
Savannah WorthyBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Frozen In Suspension
Frozen In Suspension is a series of photographs that aimed to capture the suspended movement of food products in an abstract and colourful approach. The composite images show a conceptual representation of food and the relationship connecting the fluidity of liquids and the steadfastness of solids captured mid-frame.
This work was produced from a concept to show the inclusion of movement within modern advertising photography. This has occurred from the need to stand out, in an abundance of advertisements which are integrated within today’s society. This resulted in the final outcome of my photographs, incorporating the conceptual food imagery, that is ever-present within current advertising photography.
Website: savannahworthyphotography.co.uk / Instagram: @savannah_worthy_photography
Rosie DowdBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Bedroom Drag
Drag is an art form that allows you to create and perform as any character you desire. While doing this, it is pushing the boundaries of gender and allows people to experiment by acting like the opposite sex. It’s something which people love to perform and watch. Drag is taking over the world and pushing against the gender norms.
My project and series of images Bedroom Drag stems from the relationship with the people which surround me. Sean Tunstall who is the subject of this project is pushing these gender norms in their own way through drag as ‘Arya Quinn’. Nan Goldin spoke about how drag queens ‘are the real winners in the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring’. Furthermore, the images allow us to open a closed door into the world of drag during a pandemic and the effect it has had.
Paul GilbraithBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Steel Series Campaign For this project, I decided to focus primarily on one product and produce a series of images which could be used as part of an advertising campaign. The product area I chose was headsets and headphones as it is something I am interested in and I believed it would present a challenge, in terms of lighting, due to the many curves present on the subject. I wanted to explore different viewpoints, beyond the typical side angle, e-commerce style shot that appears to be present on most of the manufacturers’ websites and try to inject a bit of creativity into the final shots. The aim, also, was to produce high quality, polished images typical of product photography. My background had mostly been artistic, in photography and physical media. I transitioned to commercial photography almost 4 years ago and was surprised to discover how much creativity is involved, along with problem solving.
Website: takeninlight.co.uk / Instagram: @paul.gilbraith
Evie EdwardsBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Body
The areas of photography I specialise in are fashion and editorial, particularly on-location shoots, so my final project, Body, is quite different from that as it is documenting part of other people’s and my own lives, rather than trying to sell a product. This project focuses on exploring body image and how people see themselves. It explores the topic of inclusivity and 'self-love'. Body image has been a huge topic that has been discussed within the fashion industry and on social media platforms and has also been a subject that I have been passionate about for many years after I struggled with my body image. This project aims to empower others and has helped me fall back in love with my body after a considerable weight gain. The series includes photographs submitted by various public members and close-up photographs of stretch marks drawn over digitally.
Website: eviegcreative.com / Instagram: @eviegrace.creative
Hannah DunphyBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Home Ground
Home Ground is an exploration of the relationship between myself and my hometown, Willington. The ambivalence of feeling safety and belonging but also wanting to move on. After growing up in a town that I couldn’t wait to leave, the project looks at a newfound appreciation for the place I was raised. Through searching for beauty in the ordinary, the photographs present a side to the town that goes against its reputation. By focussing on light and colour, an almost utopian version of an overlooked town is documented. The intentional absence of human subjects represents both the notion of peace and nostalgia when thinking about my roots, but also the regression that the town has faced as a working-class community in the North of England. My photographic practice lies within the connection between the research and documentation of a place, using the context to recognise how the space is used.
Website: hannahdunphy.co.uk / @hannah.dunphy
India Reed-HuntingBA (Hons) Commercial Photography 97%
My photographic focus is fashion photography, with the joint subject of feminism. My aim is to show the beauty in what has become such a negative term. Originally, I was only planning on showing how fashion photography challenges the male gaze, but throughout this process I have been influenced by other factors and current events that have shown that they need more artistic attention, opening up my project to many other interpretations.
The title of my project is 97%, after a United Nation study showed that 97% of women in the United Kingdom have experienced public sexual harassment in some form by the ages of 18-24. My work is dedicated to them. This project is all about Feminism in a contemporary sense, moving away from the older theories such as the male gaze and highlighting the female gaze. Women photographing women, for women.
Website: monodrama.myportfolio.com / Instagram: @monodram.a
Keeley PearceBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Women in Art
This series of images is titled Women in Art. It focuses on female artists studying in my local area, Hartlepool. I have always shown an interest in feminist issues, and the erasure and lack of representation of female artists in the art world is still a big issue in today's world. With this project, I aimed to highlight young female artists as, in the professional art world, they do not get as much representation as their male counterparts. I see this as a larger project that I might pursue after I graduate, photographing other post-graduate artists. I was inspired by photographers such as Matthew Finn, with his “School of Art” series, capturing an art school in the 1990’s, and Petra Collins, who often photographs young women, using her own ‘female gaze’, moving away for the male gaze, which has been commonly used by male photographers and artists for decades.
Website: keeleypearce.weebly.com / Instagram: @keeleypearce_photography
Paige MoorbyBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Distortion
My work is fine art photography, contemporary based. Investigating the ideology of love whilst upholding a personal interpretation. Exploring the distortion formed through unhealthy relationships; the impact and negative connotations which this can have. The scanner series transforms an emotion of being trapped. Staged photographs which use; motions, toxic inputs as well as a uniform red lipstick to translate feelings of betrayal, loneliness and anger in a relationship, concluding to this deliberation of never being enough. Further translating to the antagonism, I often feel, yet beautifully entwined with an aching lust, using it as a means of an outlet of expression; becoming almost diary like, as a way to express the depths of my emotions. Originating from the destruction of an old film reel which was shot on by a previous lover, I used the film to understand and express my feelings about the way his love made me feel. paigemoorby.co.uk / @paige.moorby
Eleanor VaseyBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Creators of The North
Throughout this body of work, I aim to represent and celebrate the importance of a number of creative job roles around the North East of England. Now more than ever there needs to be a wider representation of the people working in these environments. These photographs are a response in recognition of the fundamental and unique skills that shape this part of Northern England. From a variety of portraits to still life shots, I have explored the lives of eight different creatives in their places of work. Using a medium format camera with a tripod allowed me to slow down and take a more methodical approach to my work. This enabled me to establish and develop my practice in the realisation of producing a document of this time.
Website: eleanorvasey.co.uk / @eleanor.vasey
Daniel LengBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) A66: Industry and Nature
A66: Industry and Nature looks at the A66 road that runs from Grangetown near Middlesbrough and stretches across country to the Lake District, finishing at Workington. It celebrates the beauty of the North, looking at the industrial areas of the North East and the natural views of the Fells and Lakes in the North West. The project was the result of researching photographers such as Paul Graham who did projects on the A1 road and completing my dissertation on the photographers who went on road trips to complete projects. I used a medium format camera and black and white film for this project. When shooting, some of the photographs were taken from a moving car due to a lack of parking locations and some were taken from outside. This was to show the road trip aspect of the project.
Website: daniellengphotography.com / Instagram: @danlengphotography
Curtis FarrierBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Solitude
As a photographer my interest is to explore portraits which allows us to tell a story behind those who stand in front of me. Through the imagery, I create and enjoy presenting my work by online platforms and photobooks. The project Solitude was an idea from the start of my university career. Being attracted towards the seaside, my intentions drift towards the calmness and sensitive location. As a surfer myself I have seen and understood the lifestyle, as they who love the sport. This has made me aware that I want to share these meaningful people through my photographs because this project is about surfers, but also more about the people that take part. With my photographic practice I took the time to shine a light onto the different characters and aspects of those who surf.
Website: curtisfarrier.co.uk / Instagram: @curtis.farrier
Chloe EbdonBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Talk Pink
My project focuses on exploring the depths of gender stereotypes in advertisement. I have chosen to photograph a girl-on-girl theme with the sexual tone that females bring to advertisement through a heterosexual and homosexual attraction. My main aim for this project was to try and turn the sexual feel towards female on its head and attempt to display the issue through my photography. Colour was a main focus to the images as well as the props used, the colour pink paired well with the product used alongside other props such as false nails to claw the attention and sexual feel more in the image.
Everywhere I look, I seem to see the stereotypes of females being used and abused massively, so it’s now my time to turn it around and not use females for male attention but use females to promote themselves and their own products, in their own way.
Website: chloeebdon.com / Instagram: @chloeebdon.photography
Beth NewbyBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Little Chefs, Big Chefs Film
My project is based on how COVID-19 has affected people in different ways. I began volunteering at a local charity that provides surplus food for the community. Although the charity has been running for several years, the pandemic has made them adapt to creating the food pantry.
The overall goal for the charity is to raise awareness on reducing food waste as well as promoting healthy eating for people of all ages. I soon realised that the charity has been extremely supportive for people in a crisis, including a ‘pay-it-forward’ scheme, offering food at a small donation and just being a friendly face for someone to talk to. During the pandemic, people lost their jobs, people struggled to support their families, people were ashamed to ask for help or go to a food bank, but this food pantry is kind and caring and will always support everyone, no matter what.
Website: bethnewbyphotograp.wixsite.com / Instagram: @beth_newby_photography
Arin KayhanBA (Hons) Photographic Practice (with Moving Image) Duality of Wheatley Hill
My project Duality of Wheatley Hill focuses on a ‘common’ village in the north east of England, which has a reputation for youth crime, derelict streets and a real sense of community. Conveying, through photographs, the vast array of perspectives that Wheatley Hill entails; by capturing the stereotypical outlook and contrasting it with aspects that are often overlooked.
The open fields that surround the village are easily ignored on a drive through the front street. Reflecting the notion that a book can’t be judged by its cover, just as a village can’t be determined by its front street. The preconceived ideas that confine the village inspired me to capture the negative perceptions of the place I grew up in and to juxtapose this with the beauty of the rural landscape.
Website: arinkayhan.co.uk / Instagram: @ak_arttt
Ashleigh ReadmanBA (Hons) Commercial Photography Submerged
My project Submerged focuses on raising concerning issues on plastic pollution that is found within the wave breakers around the North East. I photographed between these wave breakers to discover the different types of plastics that are found there. My aim was to create some sort of still life beauty out of this bad situation in an attempt to raise awareness of these current issues. Each photograph stands strong individually but when placed with captions they are more powerful still.
This project originally stemmed from producing still life photographs in a recent project, which then gave me the idea to build upon this with something I am very passionate about, the environment. I am going to be developing this work into another series where the focus will be more on the types of plastics on each beach and the discovery of the different varieties of plastic materials within these locations.
Website: ashleighreadmanphotography.mypixieset.com / Instagram: @ashleighreadman_photography