On Saturday I went to see the degree show for Stockport College. Called ‘Everything for Effect‘, it was a display of work from final year photography students. Although I’m still at the very start of a long journey, I thought it would be a useful and interesting experience to see the end result of a degree course.
The exhibition was a mixture of still photography and video. The photographs were presented as traditional hanging exhibits, in a variety of mounts, and as photobooks, which allowed for a larger selection of images. Some of the images can be viewed on the BBC’s photo gallery (or by following the links to the individual artists below).
Overall, there was a good and varied selection of work. Although, I was left wanting to see more of the work in some cases; I felt the exhibition didn’t do a good job of showing the effort that must have gone into 3+ years of learning. I’m sure I missed many of the subtle nuances of the pieces, but I nonetheless felt that it was a worthwhile and thought-provoking trip.
I didn’t take any photographs of the gallery (unfortunately), but I’ve made some notes on the artists and works that stood out for me.
A series of photographs, titled ‘Who are you?’, this exhibit was an exploration of adolescence, using a model (possibly self-portraits?) going through a range of emotions in a single room (teenage bedroom?). I felt it was an original piece of portraiture and very well executed. I particularly liked the lighting used.
A thought-provoking premise, this piece of work tackled interesting questions the effect of museums and more generally about meaning and context. The photographs themselves were very abstract and difficult to read. While it asked a very interesting question, I felt the photographs displayed didn’t explore it fully. This may have been my lack of knowledge, but I would have liked to have seen more images exploring the idea.
I’ve been to the Manchester Museum several times to photograph various things, but next time I visit I will ask myself more questions over what I see, as a result of this exhibit.
This exhibit was a display of photographs of faces imprinted onto wooden utensils. I felt this was a very nice idea; depicting the emotion that we ascribe to everyday, well-used items. It was described as exploring the ‘snippets of fugitive memories’, which ‘make up the background issue of who we think we are’.
Entitled ‘Bleed’, this was a video exploring how the events from one space can carry over and effect life in another space. Some of the images were comfortable and homely, but intruding upon them were less comfortable, negative emotions, often from work-based activities. I’m not generally interested in moving images, but I found myself drawn to this piece of work. It got me thinking about the nature and impact of inside and outside spaces.
This was a clever piece of work. It overlayed memories of people onto present day photographs of special places in that person’s life. It was subtly done and easy to miss on a first glance of the photos. Clearly a very personal piece, it followed a theme of many of the pieces of work, which were based on the personal experiences of the student.