This project started off as a study of urban regeneration looking at the development with business growth, transport infrastructure and the needs to fulfil population growth and needs.

I’ve taken the time to research and look at the transformation in towns and cities we’re surrounded by to view how places have been created to offer the communities the benefit of modern architectural thinking with the historical building. While creating plenty of work, the work wasn’t going in a direction I wanted. I’ve had to carry on taking photographs to see whether viewing the images by myself and others, would identify the meaning and purpose behind the created images. As well as taking photographs I’d began researching into the Manchester, especially after the 1996 IRA bombing and how it changed the way people viewed the city, the ways to redevelop and improve their homes, businesses and resources available to bring back confidence for the local population and to increase tourism to the area after the destruction. Another example I took interest in was the Piece Hall situated in Halifax. Present day, the old Victorian cloth exchange and market place is having the structure improved and made to fit shops and restaurants to improve the business opportunities increase revenues and strengthen tourism trade.

Basing a huge amount of research of these regeneration circumstances on my final major project as well as using them as case studies for my dissertation I’ve found it interesting to learn about events causing us to change and places willing to change to fit into today’s society. Having a project like the Piece Hall undergoing changes from the old to the new I thought this would be a fantastic opportunity to highlight how planners develop strategies for regeneration I tried several times to organise photography shoots but down to time frames available and health & safety to achieve access became impossible. This caused a setback in my project as I was basing the Piece Hall to be my final outcome as a series of photographs for the end of year exhibition.

Keeping my work connected to urban regeneration I wanted to source construction sites in different locations in the north. looking at how we see developments and how developers/construction companies try to prevent this by building barriers placed to protect the public but I wanted to see what goes on and capture the growth of urban regeneration and development. After plenty of photoshoots my work developed from looking at construction sites, to completed developments and modern buildings. Using close ups and angled shots to create abstract pieces of work making the audience question what they are viewing, and questioning what they were seeing which relates back to how we see development sites, and the benefits of urban regeneration and its use as an art form. Taking my photographs and experimenting with layouts and producing series, picking out images relating to ‘vision’, ‘construction’ & ‘reality’ helped in the process of finding my final outcomes for the exhibition. As well as having several images to be placed on show, to accompany the work a newspaper will feature more of my images as I feel more need to be seen to understand the project fully. Within my final major project what I would have done differently while working on the dissertation on the Piece Hall, that due to time constraints within the construction industry I realised that I needed to open communication far earlier with the team in charge to photograph the changes to the structure as well as the series of portraiture featuring the workers.


How to Write an Artist Statement

It’s the time of year where I and the rest of the students on my course are finalising and arranging the photography work as well as exhibition setup and have been asked to produce a short Artist Statement. So before I started writing endless amounts, I wanted to research how and what to include in the statement.


How to Write the Perfect Artist Statement An artist statement is a written statement about your artwork that explains to viewers what it is all about. Here are some tips and ideas for all artists t…

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Tate Liverpool-Exhibition Research

While I visited Tate Liverpool on the 03/03/16, walking around viewing the wide variety of work on display. I started looking into how work can be exhibited in several different ways, from small to large prints, one image to several or hundreds of images, from a mixture of sizes to videography.

The piece’s I liked the look of on how to exhibit are shown below.

Video of a collection of work by Sir Eduardo Paolozzi (1924-2005) called Bunk


Gallery visit to Tate Liverpool (03/03/16)

Today I was in Liverpool doing photographs and whilst there it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on and had to pay a visit. This was my first experience at viewing work in Tate galleries and the work on display was extraordinary. I saw work I’d previously researched and been influenced by as well as artists I have not heard of but make excellent work.

There featured artist’s work on display was the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) collection called ‘Matisse in focus’. It shows a great range of his work from drawing, painting, sculpture and shows the artist’s interest in the use of colour and the human figure. His artist practise ranges across portraiture, landscape, figure studies and still life.

It was good to see how an artist can range from several techniques and method throughout his life. examples of his work are below.

Other work I came across is Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) The Gardener Vallier. An oil painting on canvas.

Also Gillian Wearing. In second year I studied this series of work ‘Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say’ and it was great to see her work up close. 20160303_125616

This next piece of work I liked the look of as I felt I could relate it to my work. This piece is by Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) is called Abstract Speed- The Car has Passed (1913). From this work it was the fact it was abstract what caught my eye as the project I’ve developed into is my images getting a whole lot closer to construction site and not always being able to notice straight away what was being shown.
For people who dont see abstract often it’s difficult to view the work, as I found out with the person I was with at Tate, I had to explain what was going on in this piece until that person noticed what was happening. I want to get people looking at my work and spending time analysing and making connection as to what the subject is.


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.(http://showstudio.com/ and http://showstudio.com/project/fashion_film_award/layla_sailor_mystic_pizza)
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 http://www.thelowri.com/the-secret-life-of-you-and-me-show/


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.

COMING UP! http://instigatearts.org/


Professional Practice- Anna Taylor, LOOK Photo Festival

One of the first professional practice talks of the week was by Anna Taylor who works for LOOK Photography Festival and how to apply for funding from different resources.



So first of all, there’s three ways to try to ask for donations to help support a group of people wanting to get out into the industry or just to support yourself in a project. So ways to ask for donations are…

Public– Arts council England, Local authority and Lottery funding.

Private– Corporate sponsorship, advertising, trusts, and foundations.

Individuals-Crowd funding, donations, major donors.

The main organisation to support the Arts is the Arts Council England (ACE). The ACE are guardians of public money allocated by Department of Culture Media and Sport and Lottery to the arts. They exist to make ‘great art accessible to everyone in England’.

ACE Grants for the Arts (GFA) funded by lottery and in 2015-18 the budget is £210 million- £70 million per year. GFA applications are an open funding programme to support new talent and ideas. They can offer grants between £1,000 to £100,000.

ACE receive 6,200 applications per year. Only 39% are successful.

Anna Taylor went through plenty of information for us students on what to do when wanting to apply for funding…

Writing a funding bid.
*Understand your idea and be able to communicate it clearly to anyone who asks
*Talk your idea through with a range of people
*Download guidance from the funder’s website
*Check your eligibility
*Talk to advisors
*Decide whether it is the right fit for your idea
*Build funding contingencies into your project

The Budget.
Before approaching any person(s) or organisations you must know your budget! Need to think through every element of your project

*Artistic spending- fees and wages, production, costs, travel etc.
*Making it accessible to the widest range of people- Braille formats, etc.
*Developing the organisation and people
*Marketing and developing audiences- websites, design and print, research, press, photography etc.
*Overheads- phone bills, postage, insurance

As well as knowing the full amount needed, the funder wants to know a summary of the ideas, any past projects, exhibitions, this helps builds trust with experience being brought into the project. They may also ask for a calculation of public audience viewing the work and how are you going to manage the project and the money they are investing in yourselves.

Always double check everything, first impressions are everything.


Professional Practice Week

This upcoming week it is professional Practice week for all photography year group especially the final year, where timetables sessions are replaced by guests including past university students hopefully discussing  their experience on the course as well as what they’ve been up to after graduating. Also have visitors from the photographic industry such as Jo Slack from Redeye- The photography Netbook and Anna Taylor from LOOK! Professional photographs Seba Kurtis and Layla Sailor are also coming in to talk to the group of their experience in the industry, their work, influences and what’s to come.

Hopefully, this week will be interesting to all just to get an insight into what’s to come after university.

Will be posting blog posts on each talk during the week. Keep a lookout!