Friday, 23 May 2014

MA student Heath Brown: Illusions of Control

With a nod to the art theories of Pictorialism and The Sublime this series of images explores the notion of nature and the universe being more powerful than us mere humans. Each image references the delusion of man - thinking he is in control of his world.
An unseen struggle against the power of nature which inevitably reclaims its hold, whatever we do to try and tame it.
To portray this the tripod was discarded and each image was thus dictated by the action of walking over natural terrain and the sway of strong winds and storms.
Late winter mists and the polluted effects of the Saharan dust cloud of early Spring 2014 also add another layer to the compositions and atmosphere of these images – adding weight to the notion of mankind’s inadequacies over the elements – and a comment on the environment and how we should respect it's power.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Masks Behind Masks: Alumna Emily Jasper on photography as a hobby and self publishing

When asked about my work, I try and explain that I enjoy it as a hobby rather than a career, this mind-set is really important to me as it means I can relax and enjoy the process. It should be an enjoyable experience, it should be like cooking - you cook what you enjoy to eat. I take photos of things I enjoy and that shows in my work. Whether its people or places, I have an emotional bond to the subject and a need to capture that moment. Capture a memory, an insight into what matters to me.

I really like the freedom I have when self publishing. The process is fun, and it requires me to really look at my work in the eyes of the viewer. To be able to edit and curate my own work is really important because it gives a different perspective. This is something I found to enjoy whilst studying and have just fallen back into it while making my paper.
I would advise fellow photographers looking to self publish to not be too precious with their own work, play around with scale and theme. People like a good story... but as the saying goes show 'quality not quantity'. Most of all have fun with it, be creative and you will get much more out of it than you ever expected.

Emily's newspaper can be viewed and bought through the link below: 

Thursday, 15 May 2014

Thetford Forest: Zine by 2nd year student Alex Dickens

"Throughout my childhood and early teenager years I have traveled within the boundaries of Thetford Forest.  It was only in my later teenage years did I truly want to begin to explore the forest, and to be able to share the forest with everyone.

Thetford Forest is the largest lowland pine forest in the United Kingdom, currently being operated by the Forestry Commission. With an area covering 47,000 acres (190km2), it was first conceived in the early 1920's, when timber resources were depleted as a result of the war.

Through the rapid modernisation and demand for more land, this zine serves as a record for a place that is continuing to adapt and sustain a healthy environment for not only people, but also for the wildlife that strives for a liveable habitat. "

View the photographs on my website 

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Titan: Experimental Video by Richard Tooley shortlisted in The Walthamstow International Film Festival

Titan has been shortlisted for The Walthamstow International Film Festival. The film will be part of a special screening at The Studio Cinema, BFI Southbank this Friday.
Richard is in his second year on the BA Photography.

                                                                 Link to film  

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Sunday, 11 May 2014

The UK Premiere of a film by Duncan Ganley: midnight, mid-Atlantic...

Please join the UK Premiere Screening of 

Midnight, mid-Atlantic... 
by Duncan Ganley
on Thursday 15th May 2014 at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse,
38-39 St Andrew's St, Cambridge, CB2 3AR

Doors open at 10:15am.
Screening begins at 10:30am.
It’s free!!
To give an idea of numbers, please register via Eventbrite here.


The world of a reclusive and enigmatic film director is brought to light in this new film from Duncan Ganley.

A Researcher travels to Iceland to investigate a lingering mystery - What really happened during the shooting of a much hyped, but still unreleased, movie called 'Keflavík'?
From initial clues found at the Archives of Millennium Panic Pictures, the Researcher journeys through the Icelandic landscape in search of what he hopes will be the answer to one of cinema's forgotten conundrums.
However, from the cosmopolitan nightlife of Reykjavík, to the isolated glaciers and dramatic waterfalls of Iceland, all is perhaps not what it appears.
(59 minutes)

This screening is organised in collaboration with the Cambridgeshire Film Consortium and Anglia Ruskin University.

Duncan Ganley is a Lecturer on the BA & MA Photography and MA Fine Art
courses at Cambridge School of Art / Anglia Ruskin University.
You can find more information at the website.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Course Leader Kerstin Hacker wins a Made a Difference Award

Kerstin with two of the students, Mary Humphrey and Loren McCarthy, who nominated her for the award. Kerstin was awarded a Made a Difference Award 'in recognition of the exceptional difference she has made to the student experience'. The award is organised by the Student Union.

Friday, 9 May 2014

Made A Difference Awards - Four members of the photography team nominated

 Four members of the photography team have been nominated for Made a Difference Awards. The winners will be announced tonight.

The ‘Made a Difference Awards’ are organised by the Student Union at Anglia Ruskin University and are the only staff and rep awards where the students get a say on who wins and who has truly made a difference to their experience at university.
What also makes these awards great is that not only can students nominate academic staff and reps, but the awards also accept nominations for support staff as they also make a big difference to the student experience here at Anglia Ruskin University.

The photography staff nominated are:
Lorraine Tomlinson (technical officer)
Chris Wilding (technical officer)
Sergio Fava (senior lecturer)
Kerstin Hacker (course leader)

Link to MAD Awards page 

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Major Project by Amy Notley: Burmese Refugees in Thailand

Exhibition Layout:

Refugees continue to flee the Thai/Burmese border every year. Camps have developed on the border of these countries, home to families of Burmese refugees fleeing their country and residing illegally in Thailand’s forrest areas. I worked alongside an NGO (Jungle Aid) who supports four of the smaller camps along this border with medical care, clothes, food, and getting children the support of education, if possible. This camp holds approximately 60 refugees, all living here for a better life. 

"There are an estimated 120,000 Myanmar refugees remaining in the nine camps in Thailand, including more than 40,000 not registered by the Thai authorities". - By Vivian Tan in Bangkok and Max McClellan in Mae Sariang, Thailand, UNHCR, 29 January 2014. 

Please come and see the work of all our graduating students at the Degree Show from the 13. - 22. June in the Ruskin building, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Friday, 2 May 2014

Alumni of the Month: Tony Ellis's recent trip to the Ukraine

It was a strange time to visit Kiev, the chaos of the Ukrainian peoples uprising has temporarily settled to a purposeful but peaceful occupation of Maidan square and the imminent May elections are the topic of most casual conversation concerning the countries immediate future. The conflict in the east is too far away to be seen but is felt and stories of displaced Ukrainians from Crimea are beginning to filter into city life.

It was this strange quiet at the centre of a looming storm that I walked the city, struck by how normal everyday things were going on, business as usual. A music video being shot outside St Sophia Cathedral, Tommy Hilfiger jeans being browsed by the ruling rich class in the city centre's American style malls. Oligarch money many say; A train ride though a vast flat hinterland only made clearer the sense of polarisation of this country’s wealth. A clear example of how organised crime can abuse a capitalist system as easily as a communist one. Visible signs of conflict seemed even further away here; a peaceful, if difficult, agricultural life seemed uninterrupted.

When walking the city I was surprised to see how many of the public gatherings and protests were being dominated by a fascist right wing groups.  Always front and centre, singing the loudest, highlighting their presence. These groups, predominantly made up of teenage males are an unusual and worrying element, only because they give Putin a political hot potato to throw west. Importantly they are a tiny minority in this vast and complex country, and really only represent an outlet for a few understandably, if seriously misguided, angry young men.

Putin's illegal invasion of Ukraine still goes unchallenged in any effective way by the west; blacklisting a handful of Russian businessmen was a singularly limp response that even the Tory controlled BBC still has trouble reporting with a straight, shameless face. While visiting the city I was determined to photograph what I saw, not a version of what I saw to promote one side as right or wrong. I have to say having talked to many people living here I was even made even more aware of how pro-Russian most of the international reporting has been from  CNN, Sky News and the BBC One Ukrainian man I met said “I cannot even watch the television because it is all lies".
Much of our media continues to avoid the simple fact that Putin and Russia are handpicking the parts of Ukraine that they want, invading it, seizing key buildings and claiming a right to the land in order to protect "Russian speaking Ukrainians". Most of the people I met in Kiev speak Russian and not one of them expressed and interest in being Russian, living in Russia or indeed wanting Putin's 'protection'. The situation was described brilliantly by a political cartoon I saw depicting a Russian Bear hooking salmon out of a river and telling the fish that it was saving it from drowning.

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