I haven’t posted since I started at university, life is very different. The course at Newport is great, and the visiting lecturer programme is perhaps one of my favourite things! So far we’ve heard from Michelle Sank, Daniel Meadows, Gareth McConnell, Simon Norfolk, Leonie Hampton, George Osodi, and Brian Griffin this semester. Particularly my favourites were Michelle Sank and Leonie Hampton, the way in which they spoke about their work was so honest and open, two really great speakers.
The first project has finished and been assessed. I did better than I was expecting but I’m still not entirely happy with my photographs. But I’m particularly excited about the next project, Portrait as Narrative. I’m working with a young dance couple who are Welsh Champion Latin and Ballroom dancers in their (juvenile) age category. They danced in the UK National Championships at Blackpool two weekends ago, and are now ranked 2nd in the UK. Great kids with a real passion to get to the top of their game.
Looking forward to a lovely Christmas break back home with my family and friends. Not before being flat out making work and getting organised in the next two weeks before I leave Wales for a little while!
The Private View was on Tuesday evening. Lots of rushing about on Monday and Tuesday during the day paid off, as everyone’s work looked great on the walls. I will post some photographs of the show later this week.
The course is now at an end, several of us are moving onto University courses, and others are looking to find work, so good luck to everyone! The last two years has gone extremely fast, and I’m really looking forward to broadening my horizons and taking all the opportunities that I can whilst I study Documentary Photography at Newport, University of Wales in September.
A big thank you to Billie Kitchener, Steve Campbell, Gabriel Van Ingen and Gemma Marmalade for teaching, encouraging and supporting all of us over the past two years!
“All the talent in the world guarantees nothing.
The difference between those that achieve their dreams and those that don’t is simple, they are single minded, highly focused and motivated, and work hard to achieve the goals they set themselves.
Anything less isn’t good enough. There are thousands of talented photographers not working as photographers because they think talent is all they need…
… IT ISN’T!”