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Discover the unique voice and vision of the London College of Communications graduating BA Photography students. Inside you will find a showcase of artist films, each offering a personal perspective from our contemporary image-makers. Journey through the space to hear and see speak to their processes, methodologies and spirit of collaboration.
Curated by Krasimira Butseva & D.Wiafe
Née Marie Kiangala
Bart Seng Wen Long
Lai Lam Fave
Emily Norris- Freeman
Ruiqi Li is a Chinese-born multidisciplinary artist based between China and London, UK. She uses photography, 3D modelling, writing and the Internet-based practices to show her examination and criticism of the comtemporary society and popular culture. Travel functions as a suitable activator for her practice, leading her to think about the changes in her surroundings. Lately, she combined posthuman and memes together to discuss the manipulation of technology. Ruiqi is fascinated by the collective behaviour of human beings and their cultural transmission. She tries to visualize such a phenomenon through visual art to make pose questions about our current living situations.
Fraser Hanley-Nicholls (Fraser H-N) is a photographic artist based in London. Fraser’s personal practice focuses mainly around the search for identity [or discovering a sense of self] and how identities can ‘arise from the narrativization of the self’ (Stuart Hall, 1996).
Maria is a photographer and filmmaker currently based in Sibiu. She is now finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Photography at London College of Communication. Her practice switches between photography and film, digital and analogue, as an investigation into how visual language defines relationships, youth and memories.
I used to resist articulating my experience in Northern Ireland. I struggle to comprehend the shadow of the Troubles that I have been born under. Northern Ireland is a confusing country. My visual language aims to assist both my and the viewers' comprehension of its complex experience. My self-analysis focuses on the process of integration in a country still haunted by its past. I have always been very concerned with my surroundings; I assume this is a result of navigating a combative environment. I use this awareness and my camera, to further examine elements of tension and ambiguity in my surroundings. I take my images very impulsively. it is the only method I trust. I fool the part of myself that does not want to speak into communicating my experience. I confront the trouble that I have spent my life unsuccessfully trying to ignore. I then analyse these images; there are unconscious repetitions, metaphors, and expressions of emotions that I read as articulations of the split culture of my country and identity. I hope that viewers can find something universal in the particularities of my experience. I choose to read Northern Ireland in my images, but their metaphorical content could be applied to other, similarly complex and inexplicable, experiences. Northern Ireland is a confusing country. My visual language aims to assist both my and the viewers' comprehension of its complex experience. My self-analysis focuses on the process of integration in a country still haunted by its past. I have always been very concerned with my surroundings; I assume this is a result of navigating a combative environment. I use this awareness and my camera, to further examine elements of tension and ambiguity in my surroundings.
Anna Janberga is a visual artist specialising in photography, moving image and instillation who is a graduate of London College of Communication with a BA (Hons) Photography. She was born in Latvia and now is currently based in London and Wolverhampton. Her work explores the themes of philosophical insights and story telling, showing interest in the human psychological and subconscious workings. By delving into the exploration of these interests, she learns something more about the human state of being and most importantly herself.
Alexandra Wansell is a London based artist. Her work is currently exploring how objects can both trigger and preserve memory. This is demonstrated in Archive and Dust Shalt Thou Return. Both works look at how overlooked, everyday objects can trace a pattern of memories. Whilst her work is primarily photographic, her most recent project Memory Objects is an experiment in using plaster casts of objects, with a strong sentimental value to the artist, to understand the effect of ‘casting’ on memory and narrative. Alexandra is currently studying BA (hons) Photography at London College Of Communication, and will graduate in 2021.
Katy Philpot (b.1998) is a British photographer, based in both Dorset and London UK, where she has recently graduated from (UAL) London College of Communication with a degree in BA (Hons) Photography. Philpot’s work upholds a sense of erotic disgust showing a playful relationship between beauty and grotesque through an aggression to challenge, and question, the ideal perception of food and other objects. Often working with various materials, Philpot likes to experiment with concepts in attempt to alter an objects appearance, disconnecting from signification within images that often embody colour and texture.
Lai Lam Fave is a Singaporean born, London-based artist working in the medium of photography. Her works center around the ideas of performance, satire, embodiment and the interstices within. Fave’s practice explores human interaction within the multi-faceted society, and in particular, its authenticity and absurdity as manifested through words, thoughts and actions.
Owen Bennett is a London/Manchester based Photographic Artist and Co-Founder of SPNK Queer Art Collective. His work explores narrative connections with a focus on anti-humanist or anti-normal relationships. Growing up in an environment of necessary familial care has informed his work, inciting curiosity into the intricacies of interpersonal relationships. Interests in the socio-political importance of these interpersonal relationships inform exploration into representations of care and caring relationships, generational consciousness/futures and visual languages of sexuality and gender.
A visual artist working between Glasgow and London, Adam’s multidisciplinary work sits within the realms of photography, performance, and sculpture. He is a co-founder and lead graphic designer of SPNK!, a collective born out of the pandemic. Its aims are to uplift and promote queer visual artists. His work queers the photographic medium through playful acts of trickery; encouraging viewer engagement with the image. Sensibilties of camp are explored through humour and the theatrical. The use of queer thematics help Adam to discuss notions of LGBTQ+ identites.
Lauren is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice rotates from photography, moving image, physical and digital collage. Through her surrealist depictions of the female form, she challenges the relentless western representation of the female seen in historic and contemporary culture. As well as examining female relationships with the misrepresentation of women in societal institutions, her work also explores the relationships women obtain with themselves and non-human nature.
Samuel Zhang is a multidisciplinary artist born in Shanghai based in London. His art practice currently revolves around installation and moving image, and they often reflect on the uncanny and experimentation by applying the methodology "exploring through practice", which requires mixed materials exploring and new skills learning. Samuel's recent work - Becoming A Body stems from his personal life experience as the resource for inspiration, with research topics such as bio-politics and identity representation. Also reflecting on ideas of queerness and memories, the work explores a fractured identity around sex and sexuality in the journey of pursuing an "ideal body" which separates two stages of mental process that he has been going through till now. Meanwhile, he has a big interest on making (handmade) photobooks, first Zine Melancholy finished in early 2018 (also shown at Offprint London 2019), exploring urban culture in his hometown Shanghai. It also implies the current situation that the country is going through a rapid social transition, and it raises questions over human activities during urbanisation in the modern era, which conveys a sense of melancholy. Sam is about to pursue an MA degree studying Visual Anthropology at Goldsmiths.He is a member/ volunteer in some sexual minority groups.
Born in London, Maria has spent her life travelling around the globe. Her adventurous and international upbringing has inspired her exploration into self-identity through her photography . Maria works with stills and moving image to look at her identity. Her most recent work addresses racial issues and looks at what it means to be mixed race in a political and social context, in todays society. Maria works with a mix of different photography styles , looking at fashion and documentary styles to deliver her work.
I am a London based photographer with interests in fashion and the appropriation of images in social media. My major influences are Juno Calypso, Cindy Sherman and Richard Prince. Within my work I play with different identities and at the same time exploring myself as an individual. One of my main subjects that fascinate me are the potentials that people have and the limits that society puts on individuals, managing to stop them from succeeding and finding happiness. The reason that I like the appropriation of images is the manipulation of the viewer into believing in a fake reality and how believable that idea becomes to them.
Born in North London, I am a photographer and artist who explores storytelling and narratives of my personal and cultural experiences as a young artist of mixed ethnicity. Through portraiture and symbolism, I explore concepts of feminism, the diaspora and political matter, visualized through image, sculpture and mixed media. Whilst studying at The University of Arts London, I have been able to develop my practice working with a more studio based and conceptual style, solidifying my narrative approach to creative work.
Lotte Lovell-White is a London based contemporary photographer, which is often utilised through everyday environments and known for her profound landscapes. This includes her personal life as well as her surroundings of youth culture. She appreciates the use of natural settings and the environment to encourage the idea of sustainability into our society and the creative industry. She is interested in the way materials, equipment and resources can be reused and up cycled to produce new and inspiring pieces of art. In 2021, She graduated from London College Of Communication UAL with a BA (Hons) in photography. For her final graduating project she formed a collaboration piece with fashion photographer Emily Tonks. The project evolved from unwanted and recycled clothing being created into new retro/modern pieces to be worn and loved again. It also features a look book showing the clothing in further detail and behind the scenes portraying a natural simplistic feel to it.
My name is Hugh Finnerty, I am a 22 year old photographer working in both Oxford and London, UK. Interests in the arts sprung early on, as a former performer and teacher of music I felt there was a visual element of my mind which needed expressing. So I turned to the camera. Creating small photographic series with friends in my back garden and in front of bed sheets, my knowledge slowly grew and I became more inclined and adapt to using a camera in my day to day life. Taking on a photography degree at London College of Communications, I pushed myself and my practice in admiration for the borderless opportunities the camera granted me. Curating and producing bodies of work with the aid of other creative minds and skills, I have developed a strong relationship with colours, textures, and light and the way they all work together in accumulating the final product.
Rawanne Koumaira (b.1999) is a London based photographer of Lebanese descent who is a recent graduate of the BA (Hons) Photography programme at London College of Communications (UAL). Koumaira’s work marries photography and design to find new ways to translate the experiences of marginalised and minoritized communities. Through her experiences as a Lebanese woman, she has been interested in capturing authentic stories around feminism, identity and heritage. In each body of work, techniques ranging from film, cyanotypes and collaging come together to present new interpretations of how we picture Middle Eastern life and culture. It is this special and diverse use of lens-based media, that has led Koumaira to produce youth-led workshops for community organisations such as Hackney Boxing Academy.
Photographer based in London, currently studying at the University of the Arts London. Millie is a visual artist specialising in photography and moving image based in London. Her interests lie in capturing minor details, shining a light on the forgotten beauty of our world. Drawn to creating scenes which uncover stories, hidden meanings and the soul of our beings as humans. Predominantly using film for her practice allows Millie to focus on her subject without the interference of a digital screen, cancelling out distractions. Bringing this sharp eye to more personal work where she explore issues that women face, and how they are misrepresented by the media. Feeling as though women in cinema are represented as one dimensional and unrealistic, she challenges this in her self portraiture series ‘Ana’, where she explores the dark side of the Hollywood stereotype, the housewife. Exposing the hidden battles many women go through to try and seem ‘perfect’ and ‘put together’. The isolation, fear, loneliness and dealing with trauma are all parts to the housewife which Hollywood tends to brush over.
Lauren Hillsdon is a London based photographer from Manchester. Lauren’s personal focuses include the exploration of the self through the everyday life, the idea of femininity, as well as interior and exterior space. The primary focus on the importance of space, is to identify the significant emotional connections between people and places, particularly how the home influences and shapes you as a person. In addition to the self her work touches upon the idea of nostalgia, this idea of sentimentality infiltrates all aspects of her work due to the personal themes explored. Lauren’s practice takes on a documentary style and is centred around the use of analogue mediums especially 120mm and 35mm.
My practice is entirely centred in aesthetic narrative, as first and foremost I am a visual storyteller (referencing poetry and visual narrative; especially in my landscape work). Falling somewhere between street, portrait and landscape photography my work ties together through a consistent, highly stylised editing process. The key themes evident in my practice include a focus on mental health, femininity and masculinity, as well as quite simply attempting to find the beauty in otherwise mundane scenes. My ultimate goal with my practice is to represent the filmic in a new format, using my unique style of working as a method of tying all of my work together through a conscious, visual narrative thread.
Gaia Camattari is a visual artist and photographer based on London and Ferrara. Newly graduating from the BA (Hons) Photography programme London College of Communication, her works explore the role theatrical staging plays in speaking to the human condition. In her latest work “Me, Myself and I” (2021), the theme of identity is unpicked by focusing on Pirandello’s concept of masks . Using collage, colour and repetition this publication investigates the question: do we really know our Self?
My profession is my technicality. I pride myself in my knowledge of lighting and camera abilities. But my passion is storytelling. If I could, I would fly around the globe seeking culture and brilliance. People will always surprise you, and we have a lot to learn. Photography is the perfect medium to tell stories with full immersion. Knowledge is humanities success. Without the storytellers, where would we be?
Matthew Le-Surf is a London based artist, born in 1999. He is a multidisciplinary artist and recent BA Photography graduate from the UAL London College of Communication. Le-Surf works with constructed and found imagery and across video, photography and digital modelling, constantly raising questions of the new possibilities of art and the contributions it can make to unpicking the political implications of developing technology. In his newest piece “Seek Truth” (2021), Le-Surf investigates the influence of these private tech companies on democracy and tries to visualize what the future could be like. Using new and evolving different technologies such as General Adversarial Networks and 3D modelling software like blender alongside more traditional forms of image-making by using video and archive footage Le-Surf tries to delve into the mind of these computers and see the world how they see to try to help him visualize these dystopian futures and create images he sees for the future.
My name is Sofia Leppan Aboli, I’m a visual artist based between Ibiza and London. From video art and book design to photography of all kinds, my exploration within the art world continues to change and develop as I try to perfect my style.
I am a London-based photographer with a BA (Hons) in photography from UAL London College of Communication. My practice focuses on raising awareness for different mental health issues through moving image, photography, sound, writing, abstract light and colour. By allowing the viewer to participate in the piece, it lets them better understand the emotions and sensations that non neurotypical people experience, specifically looking at disorders such as autism. My process involves putting coloured plastic wrappers over the camera lens which creates a hazy effect that I then edit the hues and invert on photoshop which represents these emotions and sensations. Growing up with a sister with severe autism and a nan with dementia I have been inspired to make work about this and aim to work with charities in the future. People with autism and dementia are conscious but their mind functions different to a neurotypical person. They process information differently for example, through the senses. Autistic people would be affected by certain colours, sounds and tastes. Through my visual work, I am interested in how the mind and subconscious works in relation to people with disorders. In addition, I explore how it differs to the neurotypical person and so I want these neurotypical people to understand and show compassion to how difficult ordinary tasks can be for people with disorders. These experiences, situations and questions have influenced my practice and I have begun to work with vibrant colours and lights which create abstract and unknown images to the eye. They create a representation of the textures and feelings of the film and creates a sense of ambiguity. I deliberately choose to work with coloured lights and filters to symbolise the senses of a person with mental health or disability. Previously, I have volunteered for the charity “Brook” - which is an organisation based in Lambeth, London that works with sexual health and mental wellbeing of young adults. My work will be exhibited at The New Art City degree show showcase (June 2021) and UAL graduate (June 2021). Currently, I am also a part of the publication team taking the role of a project manager of the LCC BA (Hons) Photography Degree Catalogue.
Hayley Richardson is a ruiner of many things, with photography taking place as her main target. She is RUINER. RUINER is an experimental self-portrait artist and photographer based in limbo, between East London and their home town of Burgess Hill in Sussex. Their work observes the complexity and sincerity of navigating life with a mental illness, the power that photography holds as a tool to aid this, and explores the intersectional connections found between emotion and thought, imagery and text. Through the art of image making, RUINER strives to show how their photography becomes a therapy- an outlet- to express the often intolerable emotions experienced throughout their lifetime.
My name is Yifan Zhong; I was born in Hefei, China; For me, photography is a way to release myself from the pressure. It’s a way to say something I can not express in real life. It’s like a tree hole I can speak to. So I did a lot of private project about myself, to say something I never spoke to anyone, especially my parents. Because I’m not good at expression, a lot of things I need to sort out myself, so as a photographer, images are the best way for me. Photography, for me, is like a friend; our life is full of strife and conflict, we need friends to support and help us out of difficulties. I always go out alone with a camera when I feel lonely, confused. It always leads me away, give me ideas. At the same time, photography can let me know some new people working in various fields, and also I can use my photo to help people in need. From I started to do the project I did for leukemia children, I did volunteer work in the charity organization till now every year I go back to china I help them to do publicize and promote. I really enjoy doing a thing like this when I was young because I born into a lovely family do not need to worried about food or money, and also China got a huge gap between poor and wealthy, so I would like to do my best to help them to get a better life.
Mei Yau, Hong Kong-based photographer. Specialist with product photography and documentary. Graduating in 2021 with a BA in Photography at the London College of Communications, UAL. Her photography practice explores self-identity and politics, informed by colour, humour incorporating the artifice. As a Hong Konger, my identity is ambiguous. Hong Kong is a city, but not only a city. It isn't easy to define whether Hong Kong is a place or an identity. This is why most of her works explore her identity.
Taja Boodie is a new talent in creative direction who produces and curates visual content for RECESS and sister radio station No Signal. Since encountering the iconic images of Liz Johnson Artur and Jamel Shabazz, her work has been devoted to archiving fresh takes on London’s emerging black youth cultures. As a 2021 Photography graduate, Taja brings a diverse approach to image-making that allows her to tap into many areas of visual imagery - from editing camcorder footage to pulling images from disposable cameras and creating collages that have become an integral part of RECESS’ branding. Its this that has made her work for RECESS go viral, earn media attention and develop new opportunities for partnerships with commercial brands and platforms.
Timothy Cheong (b.1998) is visual artist based between Hong Kong and London. His work is a combines of photography, painting and textiles, in an attempt to look for new dialogues between mediums. In the work " US" , the artist played with the materiality of digital photography to question the different forms that could emerge by mixing in order to turn photography into a liquid form in order to help it to become a more expressive art form. As through ou the process of understanding and learning about photography he realise that some audiences may only focus on the story or the emotion that the photograph is portraying, but they neglected the emotion of the photographer. Which inspired him to experiment to turn photography to become as expressive as the other forms of art.
Photography student from Hong Kong, studying in London. Inspired by city life anywhere in the world, Chan’s work and practice like to explore the culture under the social networking era. The inspiration is from everyday life such as Hong Kong, social media, politics, commuting, etc, by pointing out the situation but Chan thinks everything should take a step back and reflect on it as Chan believes people start losing the reality of the events. Chan also thinks there is no definition of anything, even Art. Chan’s mostly creating his work in photographic methods as he thinks the possibilities of photography are unlimited.
My works always pay attention to visual expression. I often try various different themes, on the basis of attractive image, I add philosophical ideas to reflect some social phenomena and my thinking about human nature. This is the motivation and purpose of my creation. I am interested in philosophy and psychology. Also, I try to understand myths and religions in different places. And some political factors will be hidden in my works. Photography is my main method of creation, but I generally don't take pictures directly as my final works. I am more willing and good at making picture than taking picture. Before taking picture, I decide a theme and sketch, then put the photo I toke as the material in Photoshop, and final output will be the processed photos. I often try to create in different ways, not just photography. Combining 3D models and images is one of them. My final output is usually still image, sometimes I make a short film to enhance the visual expression. Considering the exhibition, I will make physical books and put them in the exhibition hall if necessary.
Kim Yura is a South Korean photographer based in South Korea and London. Her work shows her relationship with her grandmother and deals subjectively with the issues concerning senior citizens and their challenges in Korea. Yura uses the camera to show her grandmother's situation, her dreams, and challenges. As well as a goal to have a chance to reflect on our lives.
Izzy Leonard is a London based fine art photographer. She graduated from London College of Communication in 2021 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Her work explores shape, texture and form whilst tackling ideas surrounding self-identity, sound and ideologies. As well as the camera, Izzy looks to alternative ways of image making and has a very hands-on approach to her practice. Influenced by natural form, she captures the environment and reconstructs it through an industrial and mechanical lens. There is a recognisable contrast in her work between the natural and the unnatural. This is a consistent theme and aesthetic throughout Izzy’s practice. Making something of natural beauty, take on a completely new form. Izzy is interested in how manipulation pushes the boundaries of her own photographs and how it leads to discoveries of layers to her work that she had not been able to reach through her camera alone. Izzy Leonard is the co-founder, production manager and graphic designer of FATALE - a collaborative platform showcasing photographic work of young and emerging women artists, through publications and events. Izzy designed the visual identity of FATALE, and their social media content.
Leila Richards (b. 2000) is a London based photographic artist. She is currently studying at London College of Communication, UAL and will graduate in 2021 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Her practice primarily utilises analogue photography and she has experimented with moving image. The themes of her work are typically inspired by her everyday surroundings and people in her life, such as family and womanhood, or topics of interest, such as bodybuilding. She uses documentary aspects and is very aware of highlighting the relationship between herself and her subjects. In 2020 she was commissioned to photograph clothes for @jujujaan and Sekkle. She volunteered in January 2020 at Refugee Community Kitchen, Calais where herself and three others produced a poster to recruit other volunteers. She also has experience in wardrobe and styling, working on television commercials and music videos, for MJZ, Baby Queen and Little Big Horn. In 2021, she co-founded Time Off Zine; a multimedia zine which focuses on the experiences of people in lockdown. It aims to explore art as a form of self-help and therapy and how important this has been during the pandemic.
Amina is an artist and photographer raised and based in London. Her personal work explores themes of city life, lights, astronomy, and the process of seeing. By using the camera to abstract the world around her, she aims to disrupt the image and raise questions about the object, in order to cause contemplation and a space for reflection.
Juliusz is a multidisciplinary artist currently working with 3D art and interactive digital environments. His practice revolves around experimentation and learning new skills, and it often reflects on glitches and imperfections in the medium used. His recent work stems from an interest in the digital, with research topics such as machine learning and blockchain technology. Also reflecting on ideas of queerness and memory, the work explores a fractured identity of belonging in two places at once and is heavily inspired by growing up queer in Poland and later relocating to the UK.
Drawing inspiration from the longstanding traditions of mask-making and masquerade in the Caribbean and Nepal, Brixton-based artist Maya Gurung-Russell Campbell creates evocative landscapes that explore her dual heritage in a range of mediums. Incorporating sound, moving image, oral history, poetry and analogue photography, her practice centres matrilineal mythologies and lived experience, whilst still interrogating universal themes. Currently she is looking to music and movement as forms of liberation within the African diaspora, activating the site of the black female body as both an archive and a space of transcendence beyond the confines of categorisation.
Shane Sutherland is a London based freelance photographic and video artist of Jamaican descent. Their work utilises both analogue and digital processes to regenerate power within the Black subject. Interwoven with present & past film, archival media and theoretical text their practice explores themes of and adjacent to the nuances of Black identity and experience as well as the intersection at which Queerness & Blackness meet.
James Thomson is a multidisciplinary artist specialising in photography based in South-East London, who's worked in a number of photographic areas including portraiture, documentary, sport, and fine art photography. Most of his work recently has been focused on the idea that photography and photographic practices can be a tool for self-therapy and learning through the expression and sharing of lived experiences with others. In January 2021, he co-founded Time Off Zine, collaborative multimedia zine which focuses on the experiences of people in lockdown, specifically when it is perceived as ‘leisure time’. When we have free time at home, we are expected to relax and take a step back from our daily lives. However, many of us are aware that the actuality of the experiences around the pandemic are not of relaxation or ‘time off’.
I'm Lewis Wells and I am a photographer, videographer and textile artist. I am currently studying (BA) Photography at London College of Communication. A large quantity of my work focuses around skateboarding culture and the position it finds itself within wider society. This involves both the physical elements of skateboarding, but also the lifestyle aspect and how skaters wish to be perceived by the general public. My work typically involves the cameras and techniques commonly used within the skate community, whilst including various other methods such as medium format images and textile mediums. My current project aims to identify the separation and divide between the skateboarding culture and the mainstream, whilst highlighting the progress it has made in recent years.
Jack Lumer or J4.CK.Y is constantly working on his craft as an artist, producing sculptures, videos, photographic work, and paintings with a personal archive of already more than 2000 pieces.
Originally born in Beiijng, China London- based Yuehan Wang To say if she is a photographer or an artist more like a person who is curious. Yuehan was raised in a loveable family, which gave her a huge space for exploration and imagination. There are no limited boundaries of themes and ways of expression in her works, she shows her keen interest in all the things which make her curious. She concentrated on details surrounded in life and devoted herself to spreads out the scenes of the prosperity of the space around you. Providing a new angle of thoughts, how you observe the world you are living in and identifying yourself.
Time Off is a collaborative multimedia zine which focuses on the experiences of people in lockdown, specifically when it is perceived as ‘leisure time’. When we have free time at home, we are expected to relax and take a step back from our daily lives.However, many of us are aware that the actuality of the experiences around the pandemic are not of relaxation or ‘time off’.The zine will be created in a limited number and supplied for free to anyone who would like a copy.The long term goal for Time Off is to complete one issue every quarter, with each edition focusing on a different topic. The zine will be a showcase of how people have used art as a therapeutic tool in lockdown, and hopes to open a discussion about perceived leisure in a time of extreme mutual isolation. The people involved with this zine, will be those who have responded to our open call and submitted work to be featured in our publication. https://www.instagram.com/timeoffzine/
James Tucker is a Professional Photographer based in Chichester, United Kingdom. He graduated in 2021 from the London College of Communication with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Photography. His commercial work captures products with a minimalist and artistic style. After photographing products from brands such as Ferrari, Tissot, Apple, Mercedes-Benz, and Fossil, his experience of visualising and capturing products in the sublime convincingly communicates brand values to consumers. A bold and colourful style is evident in his portrait photography. In James’ eye, the portrait can be seen as political, sublime, or personal. These three are consistent characteristics across his portrait work. Whether if it’s photographing at London Fashion Week with Canon UK, capturing socio-political portraits, or shooting artist portraits for their own portfolios, James’ experience allows him to bring a open-mindset to every shoot. His education from the London College of Communication involved experimenting with a variety of printing mediums. Whilst on the course, James opened a Fine Art Printing, Picture Framing, and Sign Shop business called Artbox Printers. Here he continues to create printed products for independent artists, limited companies, small-business owners, galleries, and much more.
Ed Reid is an independent director and photographer who has worked on a wide range of music video, documentary and short film productions for clients such as Ministry of Sound, Method Records and Port Magazine. Also working as a fashion photographer, Ed has produced editorial work for clients such as Persol, Cole Buxton and OriginalShift.
FATALE is a collaborative platform showcasing photographic work of young and emerging artists. Our aim is to promote women from the industry with the emphasis on inclusivity and equality. Founders Izzy Leonard and Aneta Pruszynska began FATALE whilst studying their Photography BA in London. Despite social media platforms finally allowing women more room and control in the industry to promote themselves and their practice, it’s hard to ignore the poor ratio of male to female creatives in the industry. Both Izzy and Aneta feel that there is a lack of representation of young emerging women artists in the creative sector and believe that there should be more space where women photographers can feel supported in a women-only led organisation. Their ethos is to create a collective environment that acts as an online space allowing artists to share their creative work, take part in artist talks as well as workshops. https://fatalezine.com/
The Powder Collective was founded in 2020 by documentary photographer, a videographer,a DJ / performer and a textile artist, brought together through their united passion of being creative and a love for the crafts. The powder collective is also a response to the recent pandemic and the need to engage with the outside world and find creative ways to combat feelings of intense boredom and isolation. The collective is a projection, an alter ego and a performance-based endeavor of the artist Charlie Tothill, who's different characters explore and play with notions of sarcasm/satire, mental health, addiction, popular culture, media and society as a way to reflect on his personal lived experiences and confront his mental health. Each individual character play an important part of Charlie Tothill’s persona and are an extensions of himself reaching out via different mediums, such as photography, video,Music production, DJing, cookery and craft, as a coping mechanism or a tool to combat his personal battles with codependency, addiction and to challenge the social norm.
I am a Bulgarian-born interdisciplinary artist based in London. My practice questions the photograph’s materiality and its affective powers on sensorial perceptions of our environment. I work through a range of mediums including digital and analogue photography, 3D computer-generated imagery and sculpture, and film. I explore themes of identity and memory, the tensions between image and object, and the shifting understandings of spacetime and perception enabled by technology. A key approach has been the academic theory of non-representation which posits that the world exists in movement and ecologies of thought are processional; works of art function in a state of flux and continuously evolve through affective encounters between human and non-human actants. This monism disrupts dualistic categories and binary choices in human perception of knowledge and agency. Remaining heavily researched, my commercial work is navigated by aesthetics, inspired by Surrealism and cinematic references. I am interested in staging surreal scenes as an alternative narrative of what self-expression and reality could be. My practice comes from a place of precarity; I am curious about pushing the boundaries of the viewer’s uncertainty.
I am a London-born visual artist based in the United Kingdom and New Zealand. My work is an experimentation of stories that are distributed across photography, audio soundscape, printed matter and performance. I work through a practice that is a contemporary critique into the involvement of surveillance studies in the narratology of human development, focusing specifically on the elusive, repressed and uncanny thought. Experimenting with visual imagery, literature, architectural sculpture and film studies to explore how memory can be attained to the placement of homely and un-homely territory; an omnipresent concept that addresses the unknown and the process of metamorphosis. My fascination and consciousness upon the imagination and fantasy landscape, is a way of forming a narrative that spectates melancholia and nostalgic experience as one must let go of the past.
I am an artist based between Shanghai and London. In the artistic field, I work in the techniques of photography, collage and memory files. My Art-works are mainly use some photos that I usually take to record my life, as well as some historical archives and old photos that I found. I think these seemingly ordinary photos are very good material. Through the accumulation of time, I can dig the traces of history and memory from these photos. My artistic work is developed around the issues related to the memory, emotion, society and family relationships and instances that invite to reflect on everyday life, without detracting from its inherent depth.
Isabel Skipp is an artist born and raised in London, who focuses on the manipulation of photographs, concentrating on creating collages from her photography. Her work is all about self portraiture and creating work to engage with the idea of self love. Isabel's work stems from the curiosity about human nature and years of struggling with her own identity and place in the world. All the images produced over the years reflect and channel her thoughts and feelings. Most of her focus of the process is through photoshop, she explains her love through the concept of how you can have an original image and can manipulate it in any way shape or form creating new layers of emotion. She relies heavily on this process and believes this is when her photographs come most alive
Xu Bangte is an artist and photographer with a special interest in the relationship of photography to social change, exploration of masculinity and urban settings. A recurrent theme in his work is the exploration of masculinity: making a positive way to oppose the label of what being masculinity is. We live in an age, where we should not have those labels or have those restrictions. He has born and raised in China and he holds a BAP from London College of Communication, University of the Arts London in 2021. Currently living in Shanghai and London, his work has been included in exhibitions at The Holy Art, London(2021), A60 Contemporary Art Space, Milan(2021) and UAL Graduate Showcase 2021, London(2021), also his work published in the print edition and online magazine, including in Iconic Artist Magazine, Europe (2019); Schön Magazine, London (2020) and PhotoVogue, Italia.
I’m studying BA (hons) Photography at the University Of The Arts London.
Jamie Hares is a photographer from Kent, England, working between London and Medway. He graduated from London College of Communication in 2021 with a BA (Hons) in Photography. Inspired by his hometown, his work explores his own understanding of place and belonging, utilising the mundane and the everyday to explore these concepts through a blend of documentary and landscape photography. His most recent body of work, THE DOCKYARD PROJECT, explores the history and other people’s relation to Medway in a collaborative zine.
Born and bred in Singapore, Bart is currently based in London. Working with photography, the moving image, text and performance, his practice affectionately insists on the uneasy tensions found within the intersections of fetishism, queerness, contemporary appearance, (post-)racial politics and the comforting smother of neoliberalism. With anything he does, Bart hopes to synthesise and subvert the schizophrenic sensibilities of our times through conceptual interrogations and sincere satires, so as to reveal unexpected modes of feeling and being.
Jean-Claude (1999) is a London based artist working between the three spheres of fashion, composite and creative photography. His work explores the connection between people and places. It tries to explore the intimacy the subject creates with the camera. The main focus of his work is based on the discovery of the alternate persona the subject embodies every time is captured by the lens of his camera. He believes in this idea that regardless of the moment someone is photographed, behind this imprint of the present time lives an enigmatic reflection of past and future that we are unable to sense and see. In this manner, the fact that the identity and relationship of a photograph are unknown creates a distorted perception of seeing while consequently, it forces our mind to question and search for its meaning.
Yunlong Zhang was born in 1999 in Hangzhou, China, and lives in UK London now. My practice is mainly narrative-centered. I hope to convey my ideas to my audience through my works. In terms of creative techniques, I prefer to use abstract visual images to illustrate, satirize some existing social problems or political issues. In terms of subject matter selection, I usually study some social issues that have a greater impact on me or the questions I have been thinking about and draw conclusions. Then I use my personal works to convey information to the audience. My ultimate goal is I hope I can communicate with the audience through my practice.
Gabrielle Zhiruo Jin is a photographer and a tarot reader who was born in the millennium. She graduated from the London College of Communication, UAL BA photography in 2021, and currently based in London and Chengdu. Gabrielle's works are primarily in portraitures with diverse narratives in them. Because of growing up in both England and China, she intends to explore the issues in both western and oriental modern society as well as individual's social positions. Her work has been exhibited in Chengdu, London and Eastbourne.
Photography is a visual letter, but the receiver is not always clear. In our group, ‘Dear’ is a bridge that combines the visual and linguistic to link the final work and its motivation together. Not only will we consider how the title ‘Dear’ relates to our works personally, but the common themes that arise. As we are not able to have an in-person degree show, we wanted the chance to hold a physical exhibition of our Final Major Projects to allow our works to exist beyond the digital space, and to gain the experience of curating an exhibition.
SPNK! Collective was founded in 2020 by international artists from London College of Communication’s BA Photography degree. It’s core function is to facilitate a space for LGBTQ+ students during the COVID-19 pandemic, encouraging queer discourse and creative partnerships. Lacuna' is a group art exhibition by the SPNK! collective, hosted in Burgh House in Hampstead, London from the 15th of June till the 4th of July 2021. The theme translates to an unfilled space or an accidental gap in linguistics - with this show, we hope to keep an eye on the endless possibilities queerness can afford and also commemorate the emphatic queer experience that has always been there yet systematically erased and expected to be absent. Curation: Filip Skiba BTS: Lucy Plumb Install Photos: Filip Skiba
The past year has opened up an unprecedented space for change. As creatives, we have sought new ways of making. The outcomes have followed suit in reflecting the shifting identities of their creators and the wider understandings of ‘Self’ and ‘Other’. Within the creative processes, we have recognised newly forming relationships with images and photography. This bound photo-zine will be comprised of, on the one hand, the final projects of the internal contributors, and the ongoing work of current graduates (2021) from external universities answering to an open call; as well as of interviews with recent graduates (2020) as conversations on the evolution of their practice post-graduation and how they have navigated this space throughout the past year. The publication will curate a critique on the various strands that come with the theme of ‘Identity’, an exploration into the making and reception of imagery and the times we live in for photographic practices. This collaboration aims at the incentive of informing future prospective students and upcoming artists in a personal and artistic way. Through working collaboratively, the framework of OPEN TERRITORY will build a space that grounds unpredictability, capturing the development of each member’s journey within the art realm and documenting how they philosophise the impact of the terrestrial space and it’s relationship on their forming of identity. In the hopes of moving towards a comprehensive theory - although personal - as a team we will take account of how photography is a means to understanding how we are impelled together within a state that is in constant motion, saturation and betrothed to the world of time.
‘Dilemma of Perception’ is a proposal for an immersive sensory exhibition bringing together a group of students whose works are an inquiry into themes of psychology, philosophy and the idea of reality. This exhibition, presented in Seen Fifteen is uniquely designed to bring together discussions around different perceptions one individual can have of reality.The audience will be introduced to a ‘domain room’, a space that they have specifically created to induce a therapeutic ‘brain rest’ environment. This domain room will be populated with four individual hubs in which the audience will be able to explore the works of the group of art students. Within these hubs, a question will be found that will get viewers thinking about the perception presented in that work. After each journey in the hubs, the audience is invited to the ‘domain room’ for a deep reflection and therapeutic rest induced by nature scapes, sounds and colour. This will be followed by a voluntary discussion on these concepts. For those who don’t want to discuss, sheets of paper will be provided for feedback. As part of the experience, the audience will be invited to wear a theatrical mask.These masks are an exploration of the philosophical theory that people wear a personality depending on their social situations. Simultaneously, it will alter the viewers perception of the traditional exhibition space, allowing the viewers to feel ‘safer’ to wander around the space.