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Free Range at the Truman Brewery: Best of the Rest Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review

The best photography at Free Range from Farnham Foto Flux, University of West London, Barking and Dagenham College, New College Swindon and Cleveland College of Art and Design. All in one hefty blog!

Written by Amelia Gregory

Chris Spackman Unstill Life
Chris Spackman’s Unstill Life.

There was so much to see at the Free Range photography shows that I’ve decided to amalgamate the rest or I fear I will never get it all written up. Here then are the best of the rest.

Chris Spackman daffodils
Chris Spackman tulips
I liked the Unstill Life from Chris Spackman at Farnham Foto Flux – long exposures of flower arrangements as they keel over and die are oddly beautiful.

Farnham Foto Flux degree show Free Range 2011-Charity Lamb
Farnham Foto Flux degree show Free Range 2011-Charity Lamb
Charity Lamb experiments with destruction of traditional photography norms, medications and for her degree show she had layered painting and photography in My Mother’s Painting, about it which documents the destruction of one of her mother’s paintings.

Michaela Haider
Michaela Haider‘s project Con te Partiro was an intriguing documentary exploration in to cultural identity. Her grandmother was born in Italy but has spent most of her life in the UK.

Marc Baker
For Marc Baker Untitled was a fuzzy view of people moving about their banal everyday life, similar in theme to Marie Helgesen’s project at Swansea Met.

University of West London degree show Free Range 2011-Kitty Kaur
University of West London had some nice photo documentary work of the Sikh community from Kitty Kaur.

Rick Hanley Uncovering Masculinity
Rick Hanley Uncovering Masculinity
Rick Hanley Uncovering Masculinity
Rick Hanley focused on representation of the male to create layered images inspired by Francis Galton for Uncovering Masculinity – the results were fuzzy identities which aim to challenge the stereotypical representation of males in media and advertising as they enter different decades of their lives.

University of West London degree show Free Range 2011-Lizi Barker
Lizi Barker had produced a series of Case Studies, old display cases showcasing the objects and images that mean the most to a selection of individuals. The results were charmingly mysterious.

Barking and Dagenham College London degree show Free Range 2011-Chantal Weekes
I was attracted to the strange composite photos of Chantal Weekes at the Barking and Dagenham College exhibition Back in 10 Minutes. It’s All About Me focused on a small child’s fantasy world.

Abbie Jacqueline Hart Disillusioned Daughter
Abbie Jacqueline Hart also went for a disjointed effect, layering images on top of each other in Disillusioned Daughter.

Barking and Dagenham College London degree show Free Range 2011-Jack Florish
Barking and Dagenham College London degree show Free Range 2011-Jack Florish
Jack Florish had created a selection from scratched and messed up negatives.

Barking and Dagenham College London degree show Free Range 2011-Melissa Aherne
Melissa Aherne deserves special mention for her box of prints with the sign Please Do Not Nick My Prints!! scrawled beneath them. My dear, it’s best to be polite to visitors! Anyone taking your pictures had surely not realised they should not so you probably didn’t make it clear in the first place…

New College Swindon Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Far Away and Nearby Claire McDowall New College Swindon Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Far Away and Nearby Claire McDowall
New College Swindon Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Far Away and Nearby Claire McDowall
The students from New College Swindon are predominantly concerned with commercial photography practice but they showed their final degree wares in some exciting installations, Nine Lives, at Free Range. For Far Away and Nearby Claire McDowall had brought a whole baby tree into the building.

New College Swindon Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Sabina Paprocka New College Swindon Photography degree show Free Range 2011-Sabina Paprocka
Sabina Paprocka looked at the British Dream from a Polish perspective. Follow Sabina Paprocka on Twitter.

Cleveland College of Art and Design London degree show Free Range 2011 Jessica Lauren Smith
Finally at Cleveland College of Art and Design I liked photography by Jessica Lauren Smith, a project heavily influenced by memory and landscape, it was beautifully printed in old style black and white analogue print. Unfortunately it was quite hard to take a good photo!

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3 Responses to “Free Range at the Truman Brewery: Best of the Rest Photography Graduate Show 2011 Review”

  1. Melissa Aherne says:

    Thank you very much for the mention.

    I think the purpose of the note was to make it clear, some people just do not have respect for others work.

    Hope you enjoyed the show, great magazine by the way!

    Mel

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