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.
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‘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.
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.
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.
Abbie Jacqueline Hart also went for a disjointed effect, layering images on top of each other in Disillusioned Daughter.
Jack Florish had created a selection from scratched and messed up negatives.
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…
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.
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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