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Tim Boddy

Profession
MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography Alumni
College
London College of Communication
Person Type
Alumni
Tim  Boddy

Biography

Tim graduated from MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at London College of Communication in 2019.

Interview

What attracted you to the course and London College of Communication?
The photography facilities, such as the darkrooms, at LCC are some of the best around. I was also swung on the Open Day I attended by the attitude of the tutors, and what they had to say about the course and their passion. Plus, the collection of alumni from the course is very impressive.

What are your fondest memories of London College of Communication?
Working with my peers and engaging with their work. The course fostered a strong sense of community - providing feedback and learning about my fellow photographer’s projects as they developed was a joy.

What three words would you use to best describe London College of Communication?
Inspiring, memorable, rewarding.

What piece of advice would you give to new students?
Don’t be afraid to learn new skills outside of your comfort zone. Make the most of the various facilities when you can, even those that aren’t traditionally related to your subject area.

The biggest one for me: talk to and listen to your peers (and your tutors!) as much as you can. It can be hard-work, but do throw yourself into the course as much as possible and you’ll find it rewarding.

Why would you recommend studying the course to other students?
It will likely help accelerate and develop your artistic practice in a significant way. The course also challenges you in a way I didn’t think possible.

Being surrounded by many like-minded and talented people is also inspiring, and that sense of community is invaluable and not always easy to find.

Can you tell us a little bit about what you’ve been up to since graduating?
I recently produced all the photography for a book titled Queer London – A Guide to the City’s LGBTQ+ Past and Present by journalist and writer Alim Kheraj. It takes a tour through London’s vibrant and colourful LGBTQ+ scene and queer culture.

I worked closely with Alim on this; we both have in-depth knowledge of queer life in London. I photographed a variety of LGBTQ+ venues, locations, and places of interest.

The book also has portraits taken by myself of some iconic queer people who have had a tremendous and positive impact on the LGBTQ+ community - for example Olly Alexander and Munroe Bergdorf.

A project I undertook over the first lockdown titled Covid-19 Plant Prints was published by the BBC, which explores well-being and mental health during the pandemic.

The work documents the area of East London that I live in using plant materials found within it to create prints via the aforementioned anthotype (plant print) process. I sourced the plant materials on my daily walks from local parks and spaces.

How has the course helped you get to where you are today?
The course has given me a confidence in my own work and abilities that I lacked before, and I feel I can communicate who I am as a photographer and my projects significantly better than before. It’s helped build my sense of identity.

Related area

Visit the MA Photojournalism and Documentary Photography course page.

Links

To view some Tim's portfolio of work, check out his website.