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Free Range Art & Design Show 2014: Best Photography Graduates

Photography graduates showcased their work at the Truman Brewery over two weeks during June 2014. Here's my pick of the bunch!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Andalucia by Sara Bertolasi

I always get a sense of déjà at the Free Range student photography shows, where similar themes and styles crop up year in year out. However there are always some stand out photographs which capture my attention, either because they have done something new, or because they have made great images regardless of technique or subject.

Free Range photography 2014-Sara Bertolasi 2
At Westminster University Sara Bertolasi showed a series of tree portraits shot in Andalucia, which are believed to contain the souls of fallen soldiers who died in the War of Alpujarras. Each tree has a very distinct personality of their own, which is reinforced by the simplicity of the land, tree and sky.

Illumination
Illuminated by Vladislav Kolev shows portraits of people watching TV, their concentration writ large in the eery glow of the screen.

Free Range photography 2014-Sarah England 2
Free Range photography 2014-Sarah England 1
The Pipe Dream by Sarah England uses analogue methods and double exposures to evoke dreamlike scenes, where houses and landscapes blend eerily together (and in the instance of me shooting the art at the show, yet another layer is added over the top). It’s not a new idea but this was executed very well.

Free Range photography 2014-Mhairi Law hebrides
Hebrides by Mhairi Law
In the Lay of the Land is a project following the lives of the young people who live in the Outer Hebrides, choosing to ‘enrich their local culture and community with energy and enterprise’. At Edinburgh Napier Mhairi Law’s wonderfully evocative photographs reveal the real people that are making this outer isle vibrant again. Just above is Rosie Wiscombe, who makes Harris tweed accessories.

Nicoline Vormedal Sandwith
Free Range photography 2014-Nicoline Vormedal Sandwith fox
Free Range photography 2014-Nicoline Vormedal Sandwith pigeon
Large scale photographs of Pests (stuffed ones) explore ideas of the animal as ‘other’. Amazing! By Nicoline Vormedal Sandwith at Roehampton University.

Matthew Cooper
This photograph of a chilly looking Santa enjoying the waves is one of a series looking at Britain’s Hidden Culture by Matthew Cooper at Northampton. I love the energy in this carefully composed shot.

David Morris colchester

Tucked away in a dark corner I found David Morris (of Colchester Uni), who had created a stunning hand crafted cyanotype movie of the tide going in and out on a stretch of Essex beach near his home. On the wall were hundreds of prints depicting the same simple scene, rolling waves grounded in the unchanging line of wooden struts stretching out to sea. You can watch his magical movie above.

Brett White
Brett White‘s photos at Plymouth University are a visceral abstraction of military history.

Tamar Valley Shelley Belboda
Free Range photography 2014-Shelley Belboda
Evocative photography by Shelley Belboda looks at the legacy of mining in the Tamar Valley.

Our Tommy photo montage sculpture
I could not find who was responsible for this Our Tommy photo montage, part of a clever installation.

Paint is Paint by Harry Scott
Paint is Paint by Harry Scott showcases a nice confluence of photography and ink, at UCA Rochester.

Free Range photography 2014-Amber Banks Brumby
This intriguing installation by Amber Banks-Brumby at Nottingham Trent reveals the aesthetic power of tiny organisms.

Kieran-Hosking-expat life
At Swansea Kieran Hosking took this evocative picture of his dad, in a project about the banality of expat life.

Rosie Gilbey E8 trannies
Rosie Gilbey put herself in the frame with pictures of E8 Trannies.

Matt Tacon
Each year the photography students at Falmouth University consistently present one of the best Free Range photography shows, and this year was no exception. Recreated landscapes my Matt Tacon look real from afar, yet closer inspection reveals them to be constructed of tiny well-lit models.

Free Range photography 2014-Amber Jane Strickland
Amber Jane Strickland fuses photography and ink to create romantic artworks.

Christopher Ower-Davis
Free Range photography 2014-Christopher Ower-Davis
Scalpel Constructions abstracts by Christopher Ower-Davis mix illustration and photography, creating artwork that pops.

Elinor Bussell- Defying the Male Gaze
Elinor Bussell is Defying the Male Gaze is a series of unsettling images featuring nude women with sewn meat details.

Andy Race
Beautiful images by Andy Race blur the lines between art, science and nature. Also, props to him for being the only photography graduate to notice that I tweeted about his work – no surprise then to find that he owns a super professional website where you can buy one of his otherworldly prints from the Maya Blue Lake series.

On a final note, it’s nice to see that despite the passing of the years bulldog clips remain as popular as ever as a simple and effective means of hanging art on the walls… I used the very same technique nearly 20 years ago: like the drum n bass of that era it’s an idea that refuses to die.

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