Olga is a self-taught photographer with a background in advertising. She is interested in psychology, human physique and finding ways of how to bring two together.
The work explores the idea of the female sublime. It challenges Burke’s and Kant’s concept of beauty represented by feminine and female body that produce calming and welcoming effect to the beholder.
The concept of the sublime has evolved over the years: from representation of elevated and great to hypocritical and double-crossed. The work adapts the ideas of the Gothic and Postmodern sublime to convey underlying conflicts in female unconscious that are directly liked to her banal existence. Each scene of the stop motion is a metaphorical representation of a conflict.
Richard is landscape photographer based in Oxfordshire, England. His work considers the changing relationships between nature and human as manifested in rural and urban landscapes.
One June morning my wife and I watched from the kitchen window as a juvenile blackbird hopped around the garden. She spotted the only fully ripe strawberry in our garden, one we had been anticipating harvesting for ourselves. After a few tentative, exploratory pecks (presumably it was her first strawberry), she devoured the entire thing with enthusiastic gusto.
There was a moment, just as the blackbird scrutinized the fruit but before she decided to eat it, when we could have opened the back door to frighten her away. It was a moment of ambivalence that is fundamental to discussions around food production and the environment. Because a blackbird that eats strawberries also eats snails, and a human that eats strawberries also eats salad.
Jorge is a Fido, a Peruvian, an architect, a photographer, a visual artist and is passionate for architecture. He moved to London in 2011 from Barcelona where he worked as a director of photography for six years. Nowadays Jorge is fully committed to his personal projects and travels.
Jorge’s proposal frees photography from its conditions – how things are made and what things can do - and reinterprets the photograph as a reality not as a representation of something else. Jorge’s proposal materialises the photograph by experimenting with its materials and their behaviours. On the one hand, he dismantles the image by fragmenting and opening its frame and, on the other hand, he suggests a performance between photograph and viewer within an undefined space.
Pippa is a visual artist based in London. Her work explores themes around death and dying. After a successful career as a television director, she returned to education and graduated in 2010 from Central St Martins with a PG Cert in Photography.
‘At This Hour’ explores memories and their role in the final moments of life.
Where does your mind wander in your final hours? Which experiences are revisited?
‘As I stood in contemplation of the garden of the wonders of space, I had the feeling that I was looking into ultimate depths, the most secret regions of my own being, and I smiled, because it had never occurred to me that I could be so pure, so great, so fair!’
Letitia Kamayi is a Congolese, London based photographic artist. Her work explores the notions of individual and social representation, identity and memory of Black Minority Ethnic and the Congolese.
The photograph as an object attracts many to images of the past. We search for and explore matters of identity and representation of one’s self and nationality within such relics.
It’s the difference in the textures and aesthetics of the print; physical aspects now discarded, depicting a personal yet unfamiliar history. This is a continued battle to portray more than the single story of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Reka Komoli is a photographic artist based in London, a city whose artistic community and spectre-haunted Victorian streets drew her from her birth country of Hungary. Her recent work examines the nature of personal and cultural identity from different perspectives.
This work is an interrogation of the nature of identity. When everything else is stripped away, what is it to become someone? With allusions to the gothic uncanny, these pictures reflect upon on how the Self becomes the Other with the elapsing years. Within an evocative ruined castle in a remote Welsh hinterland, the younger self and the older seek each other out through the dim passages of time, and catch a glimpse of each other through a decaying mirror.
London based photographic artist Katie Longley explores themes of time and memory. Taking the human condition as her subject, the artist is drawn to scenarios and spaces where time is interrupted and the chronological perception of photography is manipulated.
The hospital is a highly charged psychological space. One must relinquish control of the passage of time to the waiting room. Emotion is projected within, experience and memory colouring the bricks and mortar. The individual is compelled to reject the present moment and detach the consciousness in the timeless duration of imagination.
Rebecca McClelland is a Photographic Director with sixteen years experience of visual story telling in London. She is the Creative Director of the Ian Parry Scholarship, an award for visual journalism.
This research thesis is an investigation into use of ‘participation’& ‘collaboration’ within photographic documentary practice, set specifically within the context of the contribution to the final production of work. The final output is‘the active site’ of social exchange between the spectator, participant and author. I will examine the causes of the recent manifold rise in this practice through an in-depth analysis of the work of two artists; Diana Markosian and Carolyn Drake.
Thomas Nicolaou is an Oxford based photographer, graphic designer and tutor.
His current project conflates the theme of demarcated landscapes from socio-political and historical perspectives. Thomas explores these narratives within collective memory through use of online institutional archives and also the family album.
Anthony Prévost is a French photography artist based in London. He addresses the photographic image as part of a system of representation, being at the same time fiction and reality.
“At the time I could no more believe my eyes than I can now trust my memory.”
“This then, I thought, as I looked round about me, is the representation of history. It requires a falsification of perspective. We, the survivors, see everything from above, see everything at once, and still we do not know how it was.”
Blerim Racaj is Kosovan/British photographer based in London, his work deploys vocabulary of documentary language. He utilities the liminal space related to his cultural space and identity, using portraiture and landscapes as rhetorical modes.
“Vend” examines the notion of place and belonging. Through the depiction of first and second generation Kosovan diaspora based in London, the project conveys metaphorical and literal as a single vehicle.
Catherine is an American, New York based artist currently working on methods of reappropriation. Upon graduating from university, she jumped into a career in fashion art departments, only to find two years later that the job wasn’t right for her.
Each piece of Three Stories was chosen from one of the top twenty-five most circulated American daily newspapers. A reading of the same stories told across visually deconstructed papers asks viewers to take on the role of semiotician and to diverge on an active and critical consumption of the news. The work offers visual insight into the culturally loaded signs’ domination of each newspaper. The now comparatively empty page encourages a deeper consideration of the elements that remain.
Jennifer Lei Wang is a visual artist based in London and Beijing. With a background in art and visual design, she is interested in avant-garde and her visual practice often addresses to human (femininity) subjectivity.
This project is about exploring and questioning places, identity, human and nature. It is based on Nordic landscapes - from the Northern Arctic Circle, to Highlands, to the remoteness of Iceland where landscapes are mixed with feelings and can trigger a sense of solitude that reaches the deepest part of me. It is about identifying these places, whether being nature or human and the connection between them. The simplest, purest, minimized natural Nordic landscapes and their horizons somehow metaphorically reflect the alienation of human.
Yu Huang (b. 1994) is a Chinese photographer whose work mainly focuses on documentary photography. Huang is dedicated in shooting in films and producing black and white photographs that convey his own critical opinions toward contemporary societies. His work has been exhibited internationally including a solo show at the Juan I-Jong Image Gallery in Taiwan in 2014. In 2016, Huang was associated with Sony as a Key Opinion Leader for the RX1R II camera.
Artificial Landscapes is a photography series taken from eight cities in four countries. People have destroyed the natural world, creating artificial scenery to adorn urban spaces. As trees are symbolic of natural things, I particularly focused on these to convey the relationship between artificiality and people.
Ren Zhao is a freelance photographer and graphic designer based in London and Shanghai. He worked as designer in Ogilvy Shanghai for one year before studying photography, thus he takes photography as another way of design.
Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? All the things begin from the moment when I was sitting on my bed and thinking about the three philosophy questions. This personal project faces to the complexity of identity and tries to make an answer through photography. It aims to conceal and reveal the identity through the destruction and the reconstruction of the portraiture with fragmental materials collected from my life experience.