The RPS – Royal Photographic Society






Looking for opportunities to share my work, this is a competition I have recently entered of my on going series ‘The Village’. These are the 3 images I have entered.









Creating Mock Ups

After carrying out 5 shoots and doing 2 interviews I decided to create a mock up of the kind of moving image I want to create. Even though they’re still images they’re a rolling slide show of my own images and archive images. The hardest part was fitting the images with the sound. I have lot’s of voice recordings which some have snippets of bits I want to include. This was just a practice and an idea of the type of thing I want to do for my Final Major Project. For this I used iMovie on apple software. This was £14.99 but is easy and straight forward to use. Plus having a Mac Book on hand to use makes it easy access rather than being tied to using the Macs at University.

Unfortunately by not being a premium user I am unable to upload this onto my blog. These are some of the photographs I have took lately for my project.


Arranging work experience..

Today I have arranged to go help out with GCSE photography at my old secondary school. They have recently started A level and GCSE photography. From getting in touch with my old art teacher for some work experience she thought it was a fantastic opportunity for me to go help out with my experience from doing my a levels and nearly 3 years at university!! We’re currently arranging CRB checks ready for me to help out on Fridays. This is very exciting opportunity for me when trying to figure out what I want to do when I finish university! This could be a great chance to see if I do enjoy it and is something I could think about when I graduate. 


After a few weeks of planning I set up a interview with someone called Frank Barrett! Frank has lived in Ellerker since he was born and grew up and married a women who was also born and raised in Ellerker! With Frank being 94 i thought he was the best person to interview and talk about his experiences from over the years. He had some amazing stories which I was lucky enough to sit and record while I asked him a serious of questions. I was able to take images and get to know more information about the village Ellerker! I was really happy with how this interview went and has enabled me to find some more links to talk to people in the village. 

Adobe Certified Associate


This week at university we was lucky enough to be told we would be able to take the exam to become Adobe Certified Associate. This is a great opportunity for looking for photography jobs after graduating. Its a great thing to put onto out CV and share the logo that we have Adobe skills specialising in Photoshop. This will help us demonstrate proficiency in adobe digital communication tools. Become certified associate and stand apart from your peers, boost your confidence and expand career opportunities.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Certification

Bronia Stewart Talk

This week we was lucky enough to have a online talk from Photographer, Bronia Stewart. She discussed her three major projects, Babestation, Essex and Pepe. She uses harsh flash throughout her images which really makes Bronia’s work stand out and recognisable. From starting her career and finishing her masters Bronia carried out different job roles before becoming a freelance photographer. She discussed the job of being a assistant to another photographer. She said it is a very tough and not very well paid but you do learn a lot and have the opportunity to be around people who influence you. It’s a great way in to learn how to be a professional and be a photographer on your own.

Bronia made some excellent points for when she sets out to make a project. Always be clear in what images you want to produce. When approaching your subjects show them examples of the type of images you want to produce. She would give out prints rather than sending them out. Always be honest with your subject of what your aim is. When carrying out a documentary photography make a clear start of the images you want to take. With all projects Bronia has always struggled to get subjects. When carrying out projects you always get to the point where you don’t know what you want to take. Never give up because it will always click and work out in the end.

Pepe- Pepe is a project about gang violence, following a certain boy. Throughout the project she captures the gang of Pepe but also the loving and caring side to his family. She really pushed the project photographing the same people every day. Having set deadlines to push you as much as possible. If you know you only have 1 month to take the whole project you know you will have it finished in that time frame. You shoot as much as possible within how much time you have. When Bronia found she had infinite time she found herself faffing around. Push harder to find different angles in the subject matter, work with different people to find out what really works.

Babestation- Babestation is a main project of Bronia’s. She went behind the scenes with the models and started to photograph them behind the scenes. She got very close with the people she was shooting with. She wanted to get a firm balance between not wanting to prompt the models but not to judge or portray them in the wrong way.

Essex- After Babestation she wanted to carry on women who are influenced by the media. Not needing any skill or aspiration but still living a very luxury life style. She looked at the glamour, modelling and reality tv. She even became a extra on TOWIE to meet the extras she wanted to photograph. Its very easy to judge young women with money and there’s  a lot behind the scenes when spending time with people.

Bronia discusses that when starting a project and you carry out one shoot you know the project is going to be worth going back and if it is working. Its not about the pictures its the relationship with the subject and if the subjects enjoying it. If you don’t work well with the subject you can leave the project after the first shoot if it’s not working. The research part if frustrating. The emailing behind a laptop and finding the right subjects, but its all worth it in the end.


Archive Images

For my narrative project in my second year I used a selection of archive images within my work. My granddad has an amazing collection of slides he has copied onto his computer. He has thousands of photographs all through different points in our lives. With my project being based around the village I thought what better idea then to find some old archive images which link to Ellerker. Even if these images do not fit into my final project it was great research and interesting to look at Ellerker from years ago.


Shooting next…

I am planning on shooting twice this week, around Ellerker and interviewing my grandad, I want to be able to capture a nice portrait of him and where he lives in Ellerker. I also want to collect some archive images of when my mum was younger taking part in annual events in the village when she was younger and the activities they use to carry out. I’m exciting to see what images I can produce this week to carry on my final major project.

Andy Sewell – Something like a Nest

Wow! From being recommend to look at Andy Sewells series, Something like a Nest has just given me so much inspiration. Why haven’t I seen this work sooner? The images are beautiful and they just sum up the image I have in my head of how I want to take my own images. They just show so much of what this place obviously means to the people involved. This has hit the nail on the head for my project. I feel like from viewing this work will give me the inspiration and motivation to create a series that really shows the community relationship and the hard work that happens. This had made me even more excited to shoot this week.