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In Pictures: BA Fine Art Photography at the UAL Graduate Showcase

3 Calla lilies starting to turn brown at the tips, sitting in a clear glass and placed on top of a white sheet and against a white wall with light reflecting onto the wall.
3 Calla lilies starting to turn brown at the tips, sitting in a clear glass and placed on top of a white sheet and against a white wall with light reflecting onto the wall.
Still Life with Calla Lillies - BA Fine Art Photography 2020
Written by
Gina Lampen Lampen 
Published date
25 September 2020

Moving back home, turning bathrooms into darkrooms and crits on Zoom: it's been quite a year for our BA Fine Art Photography graduates at Camberwell College of Arts.

But despite these challenges, the quality of the work featured at this year's UAL Graduate Showcase has been outstanding and inspirational.

Here we share a selection of work from the BA Fine Art Photography Graduate Showcase 2020.

A white background with 4 mounted canvases with black backgrounds. In the centre 3 canvases have a white sandy centre whilst the last one is has. slightly darker with some white shading coming through
Life as a Bee - Aiden Gageler BA Fine Art Photography 2020 Caption

Working in London, BA Fine Art Photography graduate Aiden Gageler set up a makeshift workspace in his flat during lockdown, turning his bathroom into a small darkroom.

Aiden’s practice explores the ontology of photography with a particular focus on the chemistry rather than the poetry. His current focus is on the photograph’s ability to be generative as opposed to imitative. The projects are informed by early contemporary critique of photography, both in terms of approach and outcome.

A bathroom, which has been turned into a darkroom. It has a red glow, and you can see a toilet, sink and bath with photo developing products located on the floor, around the sink and on the toilet
Bathroom to Darkroom - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Aiden Gageler Caption

Life of a Bee is Aidan’s final submission. He explains more about his work:

"Life of a Bee is an investigation in the chemical and physical composition of the traditional photograph. A lot of early contemporary writing on photography was rather pessimistic about the future due to increased visibility of visual media, the pace in which is it consumed and the means by which it was produced. While I initially agreed with the critique, I found that it was quite outdated and now needed to be redefined. I investigated what I felt like photography was losing amidst the rapid advancement into digital media. This led me to work with light sensitive paper and chemical processes. I also tried to reject the definition of what normally makes a photograph - the idea that they need to represent a slice of time past, that they are to be objective as well as a 2D window to another time."

See more of Aidan Gageler’s work

A blank white canvas with 8 photographic paper curled up and folded over. Each one is different and on the front each one is coloured differently with colours from cream, grey and dark grey
Final Submission Life of a Bee - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Aiden Gageler Caption

London Based BA Fine Art Photography graduate Harriet Moore is a documentary, portrait and still life photographer. Many of Harriets projects look towards narratives of the unusual but with elements of the everyday.

A woman with dark skin, hair tied back and glasses sits in what seems next to a table with a table cloth with leaves in front of large window with a white curtain. The woman is in the forefront and is facing the camera her hands on her lap. She is waring light blue jeans and a V neck cardigan. She has a large necklace on and a piecing in her chin. A small red candle sits on the table and there are books slightly out of shot on the window seal
Corinna - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Harriet Moore Caption
A white man in his 50's sitting facing the camera. His hands are rested on his lap he is wearing a suit with a checked shirt unbuttoned at the top. He is wearing glasses. Behind him a grey velvet sofa with cushions on. On the wall behind there are 3 frames each with photo but are slightly out of shot to describe. The wall is wooden with a grey paint.
Martyn - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Harriet Moore Caption

Harriets final submission is titled Above Consciousness. Here she tells us more about her work:

"My final submission, Above Consciousness, seeks to make sense of the world of psychics, spirituality, the occult and holistic ways of living. It shows some of the faces of the industry and looks towards still life photography to explore the world of tarot, healing and to portray the emotions felt by me when exploring this topic. The people shown in the project have careers as psychics, tarot card readers, reiki healers, and mediums."

See more of Harriet Moore’s work on the Graduate Showcase

3 Calla lilies starting to turn brown at the tips, sitting in a clear glass and placed on top of a white sheet and against a white wall with light reflecting onto the wall.
Still Life with Calla Lillies - BA Fine Art Photography 2020 - Credit: Harriet Moore Caption

A multidisciplinary artist, Indera Tamara Harrison-Nedd's current practice explores video, writing, installation, performance, fashion design and photography to represent diverse identities in the arts. Indera’s current practice has centred around representing her dual-heritage identity through the arts movement Afrofuturism.

A black background, with a pattern of white shaped cross repeated across the background. In the centre is a man in his early 20s. He has dark skin, a white t shirt and blue jeans. He has a large white blanket on his head which touches the floor, there is paint green and blue splatted onto the blanket. The bottom of the man including the trainers, and blanket having been repeated 3 times although the male is being lifted off the ground and is floating.
Kieron Caynes modelling Blue Expressionism - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts. - Credit: Indera Tamara Harrison-Nedd Caption

Indera tells us more about her final submission:

"For my degree show submission, I proposed to create a fashion store which fuses fine art photography with fashion design, and represents my identity through the style of Afrofuturism. This was an ambitious project that I was looking forward to installing, however as the final submission entry changed, I adapted my vision to best fit what I could produce at home. This meant that I began to work in more detail on my textile designs, experimenting with fashion silhouettes and pattern designing, creating my own fashion magazine and developing my spring term editorial shoots into content for my publication."

A double page spread, the title ink expressions is printed at the top of the left page. there is text and images across the pages made to look like a magazine.
Ink Expressionism Performance - Sketchbook Process - BA Fine Art Photography. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Indera Tamara Harrison-Nedd Caption

"As I had to contain this within the pdf submission, my work in progress entry was a 1000 word essay called ‘Future Practice’. This presented a series of annotated images which reflected and showed the journey of what I had produced over the summer term and how this has influenced my practice overall.

The main materials and processes that I have worked with as part of this have been ink drawings, scanning, sewing, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Premiere pro. This has helped me produce fashion prints, collages, fashion garment designs, textiles, videos, and my publication called RainBo magazine, all of which are important for my current fine art practice."

Isabella Sherwani-Keeling converted her garden shed into an art studio during lockdown. Her practice revolves around exploring aspects of human psychology, focusing mainly on dreaming and memory.

A grey and black design to reflect dreams. In the centre there is a read tear drop shape surround by black and grey swirls, lines and circles
Dream Diaries Series - BA Fine Art Photography 2020 Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Isabella Sherwani-Keeling Caption

Outside of the studio, Isabella found that her practice was quite easy to adapt mainly working with drawing and painting. During lockdown, Isabella mentally made sure that she gave herself plenty of headspace by going for walks and keeping in touch with friends from the studio, carrying out crits over Zoom.

Reflecting dreams there is a pink wish bone shape in the centre of the piece. A orange sky is present with a dull sun. there is wave looking shapes behind the pink shape and the ground is white with black lines
Dream Diaries Series - BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Isabella Sherwani-Keeling Caption

Dream Diaries is Isabella’s final submission, here she tells us more:

"This work in progress includes multiple paintings and some moving image work that I constructed throughout the lockdown period in the UK. Dreams throughout this time period were more intense and vivid for a lot of people, including myself. I kept a dream diary and each morning I would construct a new image based on what I had written down about the previous night's dream."

Black and white drawing again with lines and shapes entwined in the centre at the right hand corner there is a yellow blob wrapping around the shapes
Dream Diaries Series. BA Fine Art Photography 2020. Camberwell College of Arts - Credit: Isabella Sherwani-Keeling Caption

"I explore memory and how we lose or gain it through time. As we move through our lives our memories will disintegrate slowly, stories being re told will change the smallest amount each time, almost being left unrecognisable. When translating psychological activities into image or writing, we think we are recreating however, we bring to it an aspect of disintegration."

Visit the UAL Graduate Showcase to view the work of all of our graduating students.

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