Detail of photograph by Jeremy Morris.
There were a few photographers whose work I really liked at Plymouth College of Art Photography degree show:
Working together with Ba Fashion student Christopher McGovern Jeremy Morris had produced these photos as part of an ongoing series of work inspired by the fragility of life in the deep ocean in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The tangled garments represent the strangling force of oil and up close it is just possible to discern the eery features of face and limbs, help caught up in the jumble of fabric.
Lisa Birch presented only one simple beautifully printed large photograph in grainy black and white: that of a pile of origami cranes, echoing the installation on the window sill next to it. She was inspired by the concept of Wabi-Sabi, where there is beauty to find in even the ugliest of things, and that nothing is perfect or lasts forever. It doesn’t look like many people took one of her Cranes despite the invitation to do so – as a reminder of our mortality. I guess they just thought it too beautiful an installation to disturb.
Paul Critchley showed a simple collection of ordinary youth – ‘everything you think you know, you may not know.‘ His aim, to question assumptions made about different types of folk. I thought they were interesting portraits, straight up and unaffected, direct and engaging.
Euan Barker shot specimen sheets of bugs in beautiful large format detail, attempting to understand the obsessional need to make order out of chaos. ‘These trays have been captured here for the first time and are now starting to branch out from their confines in storage.’ The above image is a detail.
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