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Ruby Wroe is a second year BA Photography student at Camberwell College of Arts
The first thing that made me want to study at Camberwell was the location of the photography course within the broader Fine Art programme, which is made up of Drawing, Painting, Photography and Sculpture.
This, coupled with the studio based nature of the course, made it clear to me that Camberwell treated and viewed photography in the same way I wanted to study it.
Being a close-knit college, studying at Camberwell provides you with the opportunity to be part of a creative community, across disciplines and courses.
What became apparent during my interview, which included both current students and tutors, was the working relationship between them. There is a learning style at Camberwell that is independent and informal.
To have tutor offices next door to your studio means there is always someone nearby for an informal chat to ask a question, or discuss something you struggled with or didn’t understand in a lecture. This is invaluable.
Being interested in the similarities between visual language and written language, I am interested in using photographic devices in the same way I would use a pen - using a camera to make visual notes, to jot images down and present them as part of a bigger picture or narrative.
The exhibition gave myself and all second year Fine Art students, the opportunity to ‘finish’ a work to exhibition standards. Where previously my work may have rested in an unfinished state, it was helpful to be given a situation where the work had to be succinct enough to be exhibited.
It also meant that for the first time, I got my work professionally framed. It was a helpful learning curve to discuss with a framer what was best for my work.
For this exhibition the work I showed was quite small, exhibiting it in a space like Café Gallery meant that I could see how people related to something that was a fraction of the size of most other works - whether they were drawn in by the size or instead passed over it, and to what extent this did or did not matter.
As to one specific highlight I’m not sure. It may sound low key but my favourite part of the course is our Fine Art visiting lecture programme.