Sheffield Photoshoot (28/02/16)

So yesterday I decided I would go somewhere new, where I haven’t already previous photographed for this project. I knew before researching Sheffield has had plenty of redevelopment projects already happen to the city. I thought it would be good to photograph places which have been completed to view my work from that angle, but I also photographed places under construction also.

My contact sheets…

A selection of my photographs which have been edited by either cropping into the image or a little touch up with brightness and contrast. All my images I decide to do very little with them. I don’t want them to look perfect and process.

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Coming up will be a visit to Liverpool as well as Leeds.


Barnsley research & Photoshoot (24/02/16)

From a previous discussion with fellow students and tutor about my last Manchester shoot. While looking at the images with hoarding and fencing showing a place can be hidden, what’s happening behind it. They told me Barnsley could be a good place to visit as it’s under a major redevelopment project.

The council is to take over the development of the town of Barnsley after failing to attract private developers. The plans to redevelop Barnsley have been on hold for at least a decade. The council are taking over the £41 million project and give back both market traders and businesses some certainty about the future of the town. The proposals of the town include a new shopping boulevard, a revamped market hall, new town square- where concerts and fairs can be held, a state of the art library, new car park and cinema. They want the markets to be the heart of Barnsley as it’s a market town originally. They want independents there that make Barnsley unique. The council have said, ” We are not trying to be Meadowhall, Leeds or Sheffield, people will still go there, but sometimes they will come to Barnsley”.


Barnsley Photoshoot 24/02/16

On the 24/02/16 I visited Barnsley, as from what I’d heard seemed like a good place to visit as the process of demolition and redevelopment of the town was just beginning. On my visit, they had already moved stalls to different locations and the 6 story high council offices were in the process of being ripped down. The contact sheets are below.

From walking around Barnsley you can clearly see it’s a place for the elderly. There was hardly had children/young adults around. The place is extremely dated. I had spoken to a few people who live in Barnsley and were watching the ongoing demolition, one person had said,

“Well it’s a shame to see the majority of Barnsley get demolished as this is what I’ve grown up around but I believe the changes will be for the better and bring the town into the 21st century”

“ It’s about time! What they’re currently knocking down was the old council offices and it was such an eyesore to Barnsley, it was the same height as the car park (around 6 stories) but now its gone it’s so much lighter. The whole place (looking around) very dated and it hasn’t been changed for decades. The changes I hope will uplift the town and bring more people to it with the cinema, shops and state of the art library. It can only lead to positive things”






I have created the same experiments with my work as previously discussed in the last Manchester shoot and created a style of collage with the photographic work produced from this shoot. By doing this and turning my wall into a studio, it gives me the chance to view my work on a larger scale and can play around with the images, move, swap and change from other images. makes me look at what works well with one another and what doesn’t.

University of Huddersfield Postgraduate Study.

For today’s university session we had someone come talk to the final years on the postgraduate study for 2016/17. They wanted to share with us that there is different ways of doing a postgraduate course from a taught course where it will be split into 3 modules and a lecturer can assist and advise us.

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As well as a taught course we also have the opportunity to do the research course where its more independent on your own personal research we want to undertake.

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We were also informed today that Student Finance England (SFE) now supports and funds upto £10,000 for students  and their research. They have also expanded the age range now from 30 to 60 to be able to fulfill a postgraduate study.

Professional Practice: Layla Sailor
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So today we had a guest lecturer/photographer, Layla Sailor. She was discussing with the photography groups her experience at university, after graduating, interests and influences, where she has worked to earn a living as well as discussing in depth the photography projects she’s produced from the good to bad.

First of all Layla is based in Manchester, United Kingdom. People view her as a fashion photographer but first thing she wanted to share with us is that she does not find herself in that way, more conceptual. Her degree work at the time was interested and informed by music and found herself incorporating this into her fashion/portraiture work by editing and overlaying.
Layla has been influenced by many from photographers like Cindy Sherman to films like Jacob’s Ladder and stills from that what gave her ideas for her own projects. She liked the cold, pale, ghostly look and found herself locked away in the studio for hours on end playing with the lighting and finding a technique.


After university got a job working full time at Calumet Photographic to start earning money and funding her photography projects on the side… Kokoshnik.

Kokoshnik is her best known work and is an on-going project she works on yearly. The concept behind it was after she made a look book for a designer who used patterns in different ways which then developed into a personal vision. For Layla its a way to celebrate and show beauty of iconography. The work had been used before in protest posters for Pussy Riot and been successful at broadcasting a political message worldwide.


Laylor Sailor deleveloped her skills and knowledge in motion picture and entered a fashion film award competition for SHOWstudio run by Nike Knight called Mystic Pizza.( and
Within a month apart from each other a friend of hers in Paris wanted to get a group or artists together and create an exhibition and Layla sent some of her work to him and that was called ‘Printemps paris’. After these two shows in two different places in the short space of time between the two, Layla started getting her name heard and past regections wanted to work with her.

She wanted to share with the group that even though most of the time we can hit a dead end with our work, just got to keep going, keep entering work, keep making the work and just one important show can set your career off even after years have past. DONT GIVE UP!

To keep making work and bringing in an income she worked several times with BOOHOO, did PR shots for Jelly and Gin, Metro Images and Whitney Port-Bits and Bobs fashion Jewelry. As Layla was in England she had the opportunity to manage more of a team, get the set builders in instead of herself, had plenty of video meetings. Whitney liked her work produced at the start of her career but that style wasnt recieved that well in America but that taught Layla to ask more questions. The work should of been more commercial to fit in with the audience abroad. All a learning experience.

Another project which happens yearly is her ‘ADVENT’ calendar. She shoots for 1 day only at the end of November, gets about 8 models or as many as possible to create an image to upload every day until Christmas. She has full creative control but likes to have different collaborators each year.

Other things she takes time in to have a break from fashion is photographing lighting and prop design for ‘The Secret Life of You and Me’ by Lowri Evans


Layla didn’t find this her best work but she found it important to share and speak about the work to the photgraphy group as it is ok for projects to not be the best, its ok to make mistakes it’s all about learning.

She shared with us information about her website. At first on her website was everything she ever did going back to her degree work. There was work she did not like and work whats been there for years. The work on your website should be work what interests YOU, its your site not a site for others. She had a full clear out of her site got rid of everything and kept what was important to her.

She has experienced in making music video’s – She had a go
– She didn’t like them so much
– But it paid the bills

I fairly enjoyed Layla’s visit to the university, even though fashion isn’t my interest. I found it good to get an insight in how other people who have gone though the same have experienced the industry and overcome situations and how you should never give up on a dream and passion you have.



Professional Practice: Seba Kurtis

Screenshot (1)Today the photography course had it’s first professional photographer come to visit- Seba Kurtis from Argentina. He wanted to become a writer but found that he needed to force himself into writing.  Seba left for Europe after crisis occurred in Argentina and spent 5 years in Spain as an illegal immigrant. His experience in life as an immigrant has become his life long project, looking at different situations, places and how people move from one country to another.
For the majority of the talk, Seba talked about his personal project ‘Immigration Files’. Within Immigration Files you’d find he has created projects within, from ‘Drowned’, ‘700 Miles’ and ‘A few days more’.


The photographic project ‘Drowned’ all started off from his old family photographs and films which unfortunately got damaged by a flood. The damage caused the emulsion to wash away le aving little to the imagination. Seba came to realise the damage is him, the project becomes him. The identity of the images shows a sense of invisibility.


From the use of his childhood photographs, he made use of what he had and looked at both the front and back to see what the damaged had caused and used the pattern and water marks by influencing himself by drowning his own work. He loves the idea of not having full control over his own images but can be controlled as to what is shown to the audience. At the beginning of ‘Immigration Files’ his feelings towards and during the project was he was angry. He’s angry over the situation and problems people go through daily to survive in life and having been through this himself, encourages him to keep producing and showing this side of life. Although Seba Kurtis has overcome this and lives a very happy life in Manchester, United Kingdom, whilst going back travelling to these places he still gets emotional over it, it is a raw project, it’s his past.


During the lecture he was asked whether he will ever complete this project?
His reply:
Every year. Every year i think this will be it, but every year i carries on, moving to different areas, looking at different subject matters. This will be a lifetime project.


Manchester research & photoshoot (15/02/16)

While looking for research for sites of construction in Manchester what are about to be or are currently under development, I came across this online newspaper article where it has an interactive map where can view places around Manchester which are being built or redeveloped to then showing places which are planning to undergo changes by 2020. It was great to see how quickly a city can be transformed in 4 years.–10421927


My sketchbook showing different examples of places under or due for construction above, which can all be found on the website.

Other websites I’ve looked at are…


Manchester Photoshoot on the 15/02/2016

On the 15th February I went to visit Manchester once again but this time, my approach was different from the past visits. I wasn’t just looking at a building I wanted to view a construction site but without showing the whole area as one image as its nothing new people see it every day. I wanted to be able to get the audience viewing the work to start questioning what they were seeing.

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Take this image, for instance, I like this one of the close-ups of the metal fencing as it’s part of construction but the construction is hidden. Questioning what’s happening behind, what we can not see.


Other images I like are below. These are images, at first, were of whole construction but while looking through with my tutor, it came to my attention cropping into images can say more than what a whole picture of the subject can be.

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What I have experimented in doing, which has been influenced by Seba Kurtis professional practice talk and how he exhibited was overlaying his work to create a way to show a mixture of things in one viewing. All the images used are all to do with redevelopment and construction and I wanted to carry on in the way you question what’s going on. What’s this got to do with that image? Why has the photographer photographed that and placed in this image? What’s this trying to show?

My examples of rougly putting together work…


Professional Practice- Jo Slack, Redeye

The second talk of the day, after Anna Taylor from LOOK Photo Festival was a talk by Jo Slack from Redeye Photography network in Manchester, UK.

Redeye is all about networking, support and information for photographers or anyone interested in photography. It is a non-for-profit community benefit society across the UK and globally to support photographers at every level to build a network across photography.

Redeye have plenty of events and social interactions where anyone interested can get involved from exhibitions of work to meetings with other photographers to discuss projects and ideas. One way of showing work and meeting others is through the Redeye Lightbox course at CFCCA in Manchester. Lightbox is funded partly through NPO and partly through Creative skillset. It’s a national campaign which is a year long collaboration period with branding and print. Entries are called appon a judging panel who will review your work to see if participants will move forward. It is in its 3rd year and after recieving a record number of applications, this year 25 participants will show at a major photography festival, autumn 2016. To see this years part taking photographs can find them on…

As well as Lightbox, Jo also discussed the stages of a project management.

*Goals- who are the stakeholders?
*Deliverables- what does the project need to deliver to meet the goals?
*Schedule- a list of tasks for each deliverable with assigned roles
*Supporting plans-comms plan, risk management etc.

Creating a project schedule

*Work backwards- what is your end goal? How much time do you have?
*What are your deliverables?
*What research is needed?
*What tasks are there to complete?
*How will you evaluate your success?
*Don’t forget budget, time, scope-quality

To finish off Jo Slack gave us some Tops tips to take into account for the future…

*Common sense but requires good organisation
*Defined roles are key to good communication
*Things go wrong- good protection management allows you to deal with these things in the most productive way.
*Be aware of the schedule of your funders
*Utilise free online tools
*Don’t forget your goal