Its been very quiet of late on the Maccphoto blog, all effort has been put into getting the second year BTEC photography students through their final year (results of the fruits of their labour below!). However, the BTEC Extended Diploma students have now finished their final major projects and, in turn, passed the course! The exhibition went really well with lots of very positive feedback from the general public. Below is a small taster from each students final project. We were incredibly proud of every single one of the students and we cannot wait to see what work they produce in the future either at university or in the big wide open world! Below are a selection of the final projects…
As a photographer Kane has always been preoccupied with colour, for his FMP he has carried this tradition on and has produced some beautiful still life images of frozen flowers trapped in ice. The project is incredibly vibrant, fresh and at times abstract. Kane is looking to sell some prints of these at the local ‘Treacle Market’ so if you’d like to purchase any of his prints get in touch at email@example.com and I’ll pass the message on. Here’s what Kane has to say about his project: “I wanted to encapsulate the colours and vibrancy of spring, before the blossom withered and died. To do this I froze the flowers in water and then photographed them with a macro lens. The result is an abstract selection of the colours and shapes of spring”.
Rather than using a camera for her final project Alex instead decided to use a scanner, she manipulated her images by asking her subject to move around as the scanner sensor passed over them the, result is a compelling and surreal series of images that illustrate the distorted view that young people can have of their identity.
Alex say’s: “The concept behind this work is linked with the chronic mental illness ‘Body Dysmorhpic Disorder’ which means people can be obsessed with a minor or imagined flaw, individuals think they have a defect in either one or several features of their body, which causes psychological and clinically significant distress.
Using the process ‘scanography’ for my FMP, creates the idea of someone being trapped-unsatisfied with their reflection when they look in the mirror, which can be perceived and emphasized through the scanner. Images made with the scanner appear as if the person is stuck behind the screen, like they are emotionally, linking with my concept of a person being insecure about their appearance, almost as if they feel like a prisoner inside a body they do not want”.
Faye has produced a really interesting portraiture project for her FMP. She created psychedelic repeated patterns in photoshop and then projected them over her male and female models. Inspired by 60’s psychedelic art Faye said: “Peter Blake and Roger Deans music related art have inspired my project, it was my intention to incorporate people or portrait photography into psychedelic art”.
Dean has produced a really unique body of work. He started off by going out and shooting street photography on 35mm film, he then produced a number of 10X8 silver gelatin prints in the darkroom. After evaluating his work he wanted to see where else he could go with the project. Inspired by a variety of contemporary artists, he went about cutting the people out of the prints and replacing them with fabric that he felt represented them. Dean says: “Appearances aren’t always as they seem, everyone is judged by the way that they look. So what if that ‘look’ was removed and replaced with something that represented the person? That is when you see the open book, not just a cover”.
Aaron’s project is based on the demise of analogue technology and the rise of digital capture in contemporary photography. The images were shot using a long exposure technique in the studio. Aaron chose to shoot his project using a medium format studio camera, the images were then scanned digitally. During the scan Aaron manipulated the scanning process, degrading the image, causing the digital artefacts on the final images.
Stephanie is primarily interested in macro photography. This particular project was inspired by contemporary fashion/product photography. Stephanie has produced a surreal series of photographs of eyes, overlaying textures and altering the eyes slightly in photoshop, here’s what Stephanie has to say about her work: “I love finding abnormalities in everyday life, and I try to use my camera as a tool to investigate how some things can look perfectly normal until you take a closer look and then they reveal their inherent weirdness”.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all of the BTEC photography students, you really have produced some outstanding work over the past two years and its been a pleasure teaching you all. If anyone is interested in purchasing any of the prints get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll pass the message on to the students.