University College Falmouth took up the basement area at the Truman Brewery. Josie Ainscough was next to the entrance with four very strong images exploring how clothes create identity in the west, doctor even to the point of taking over our facial features in these floral skirt and shirt veils.
Amy Behrens Clark got busy with photoshop to create intricate patterns out of human bodies that remind us that we have we been digitalised to the point of disconnection. ‘In our culture we have been educated to see our selves as individual and separate beings, treatment when we need to start seeing the earth and all life as a whole.’
Tessa Pearson showed Postcards from Afar – composite images made up of ephemera and tourist photos.
Sixty Seven People, Sex Objects by Matthew Fessey was an unnerving photographic project and moving installation where pornographic sex shots were layered on top of each other to create a blurred orgy of limbs. Stills were displayed next to a mundane break down of objects in the room where the sex act was taking place.
Combining photography with illustration, Proprioception by Tamzin Plummer was a series of intriguing ‘cyborgs’ designed to showcase our intricate entwinement with technology.
Kim Clarke created mini installations out of old photographs pasted onto deconstructed cardboard packaging. Consumed was a critique of the way we consume huge amounts of empty commodities in the desperate need to achieve some fictitious reality. By imprinting images of great natural beauty on the inside of these boxes she hopes to alter how we ‘perceive and interpret a photograph.’
I was immediately attracted to Mark King‘s depiction of England’s Green and Pleasant Land because it featured an image of a place called Herne Hill, which is where I grew up. My Herne Hill was in South London but this Herne Hill was a leafy vista – only the title gave the game away: Plastic. Under other beautiful black and white shots were written the location and Cheese Strings, Gulp Thatchers Carlsberg and Diamond White or Coca-Cola. One can only guess at what happened in these serene beauty spots.
Sophie Turner works under the name Boxhand. I must confess that I have no idea what was going on in her bonkers collage of glittery characters in a dilapidated warehouse, but it was very fun.
Aidan Rumble was transfixed by the legacy of Beeching’s Axe in 1963, and how the loss of branch railway lines affected the Cornish mining industry. He layered acetates images with the faint ghost of trains past over the top of current photos to great effect.
It was notable that all Falmouth students had their own photography websites, however basic. Hurrah! At bleedin’ last!
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