Students on Graduate Diploma Photography work at the cutting edge of contemporary practice. With a foundation of technical skills, from analogue to the latest digital technologies, students develop professional skills through diverse and exciting projects.
In this year's exhibition, as part of LCC Degree Shows 2019, expect to see a strong conceptual approach and personal identity.
Explore a handful of the projects on show...
It's Not Just Black and White
During the previous 18 months Sascha’s already changeable behaviour grew more erratic and deeply concerning to our immediate family. From attempted suicides to psychotic, deluded manias, we all felt like he was losing his sanity. Unfortunately, as much as we tried to support him, during such events, family bonds became extremely strained. You feel utterly helpless watching someone on a path of uncontrollable destruction. Perhaps the biggest relief for all of us, Sascha included, was when he was diagnosed with acute Type 1 Bi-Polar Disorder at the beginning of 2019.
Mental health issues are so blurred, and are not as clear cut as a single diagnosis, but what that diagnosis does give you is hope and an avenue to explore why such behaviours happen in people. It is one answer that provkes so many other questions: what really is Bi-Polar Disorder, how do people live with it, and how do families rebuild with a loved one who suffers from such a condition. The project ‘It’s Not Just Black and White’ is Sascha’s first-hand experience at trying to answer such questions.
This visual arts-based project has been created in collaboration with Butoh dancer Yumino Seki, I gave her the reference word ‘Moss’ and through her dance, she wilted from form to form. Butoh is an Avant Garde dance practice which is commonly associated with themes of the grotesque. The prac- tice was founded by Hijikata Tatsumi and Ohno Khazuo during post-war Japan (the 1950s).
The idea was to reject the western influence on Japan with ballet and contemporary dance and instead to look inwards. The first performance by Hijikata was called “ankoku butō” which translates to ‘dance of darkness’. The work created for the exhibition also draws upon the idea of the dance of darkness. The intention was to create a photographic visual style that was dark and explored the notion of moments between time, but the dance subject itself drew a relationship with the earth and the Japanese people.
Project 1: The Cost of Freedom / Project 2: "What Does Beauty Mean To You?"
"The Cost of Freedom" is a documentation of North Korean defectors living outside of London. Most of them reside in New Malden, 20-minute's train ride away from London. Freedom was something they had to fight for, they sacrificed everything they had. The exhibition comprises portraits of North Korean defectors who cannot return home.
My second project, "What Does Beauty Mean To You?" is an interactive exhibition. The exhibition asks participants to write their idea of beauty on a sticky note next to the exhibited photographs.
Sorry No Vacancies
In this project, I followed my interest of people and places in portrait and documentary photography. Bed and Breakfast are a tradition of the British seaside resort as much as the beach, the prom, the amusements and the fish and chips. With the decline of the coastal towns, many guesthouses have closed, but there are still some modestly priced seaside B&B's, offering the personal touch that the chain budget hotel cannot. I took two trips to the coast, staying in B&B’s, photographing the bedroom I had slept in, and a portrait of the owners in a space they provided for their guests to enjoy.
Hide and Seek
'Hide and Seek' is about the vulnerability and physicality of the human body. Society gives us a very objectifying, sexualised definition of the human body. This series instead invites the viewer to see the body as something mysterious and sacred. A sensual and raw entity covered in skin and hair.
LCC Degree Shows 2019: Show 1 takes place from 29 May – 1 June 2019.