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News: Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents take over the big screen at Vic­to­ria Cen­tre to show­case their work.

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Credit: Ocean Outdoor
Credit: Ocean Outdoor

Last week Our FdA and BA Pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents had the chance to show­case their work to the pub­lic on the big screen at Vic­to­ria Cen­tre. Some of the work, which was cap­tured dur­ing lock­downs was dis­played to thou­sands of passers-by as part of the 1‑hour stu­dent takeover on the big screen which is at the entrance to the centre.

The theme of the images dis­played was Local Com­mu­ni­ties Through the Cam­era Lens’ and the images cap­tured a wide range of diverse com­mu­ni­ties from across the Not­ting­hamshire area.

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Katie Searcy.

Katie Searcy, who is study­ing BA Dig­i­tal Media Design was one of those to have her work fea­tured, after spend­ing 5 months cap­tur­ing images depict­ing the local com­mu­ni­ty at the Old Coach Rose allot­ments in Bilborough. 

We were all real­ly dis­heart­ened when Covid restric­tions meant we couldn’t hold an end of year show, so to have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to show­case my work to such a huge pub­lic audi­ence is incred­i­ble.

I took my pho­tos at the Old Coach Rose Allot­ments in Bil­bor­ough and the project took me five months.

I start­ed at the begin­ning of the year and want­ed to show a nat­ur­al beau­ty in a small com­mu­ni­ty. Every­one is like a big fam­i­ly and treat their indi­vid­ual plots of land as a sanc­tu­ary.
This project gave me the chance to get to know the peo­ple and explore a side of the com­mu­ni­ty I hadn’t seen before.

I start­ed at Not­ting­ham Col­lege study­ing Lev­el 3 Pho­tog­ra­phy when I left school and decid­ed to stay and com­plete my foun­da­tion degree after encour­age­ment from my tutors. They have all been real­ly sup­port­ive and I’ve had amaz­ing work expe­ri­ence oppor­tu­ni­ties and chances to show­case my work, like on the big screen with Ocean Out­door. I don’t think I’d have got these oppor­tu­ni­ties any­where else.”

My tutors have all been real­ly sup­port­ive and I’ve had amaz­ing work expe­ri­ence oppor­tu­ni­ties and chances to show­case my work. I don’t think I’d have got these oppor­tu­ni­ties any­where else. 

 — Katie Searcy, BA Dig­i­tal Media Design.

Jade Bram­ley who is study­ing FdA photpg­ra­phy chose to cap­ture the com­mu­ni­ties at Bee­ston Mari­na Mobile Home Park. She told us how under­tak­ing the project and study­ing the FdA course have helped improve her con­fi­dence, encour­aged her to pro­duce work out­side of her com­fort zone and inspired her to progress to uni­ver­si­ty where, after com­plet­ing her degree, she aims to com­plete a mas­ters in social­ly engaged photography. 

Picture of a student smiling in front of the Victoria Centre
Jade Bramley

Show­cas­ing my work to the pub­lic has been such a great oppor­tu­ni­ty and study­ing my course and hav­ing the chance to pho­to­graph real life com­mu­ni­ties has real­ly helped to boost my con­fi­dence. The col­lege have been real­ly sup­port­ive and encour­aged me to reach out­side of my com­fort zone and try some­thing unique.

The course has giv­en me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to progress onto uni­ver­si­ty to com­plete my degree and I would love to study a social­ly engaged pho­tog­ra­phy mas­ters after that” 

I think the facil­i­ties at Not­ting­ham Col­lege are real­ly great and the class sizes are small so there’s a lot of indi­vid­ual inter­ac­tion with the teach­ers and a lot of support. 

 — Jade Bram­ley, FdA Photography
Picture of a student smiling in front of the Victoria Centre
Reece Richards.

Reece Richards, who stud­ies our Foun­da­tion Degree in Pho­tog­ra­phy was also excit­ed to show­case his work to a large audi­ence. His project explored the pass­ing of time through spe­cif­ic loca­tions. He said:

It has been fan­tas­tic expe­ri­ence to show­case my work in this way and the project gave me the chance to try some­thing unique and out of my com­fort zone.


Course Leader Matt Bunn said: For the stu­dents to be show­ing their final projects on the big screen is a fan­tas­tic cli­max to what has been a more than tricky year. It is so gen­er­ous of Ocean Out­door to fea­ture the work and to sup­port our students. 

The unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to show work on the big screen offered a way to short­cut the restric­tions Covid-19 has placed on their learn­ing and close the cir­cle between the young pho­tog­ra­phers and the com­mu­ni­ty of which they are part.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to: Rebec­ca Faulcon­bridge, Megan Smith, Bailie Car­roll, Pola Michalewicz, Ali­na Moldovean, Niki­ta Green­smith, Adam Lan­g­ley, Reece Richards, Isaac Hem­stock, Matthew Sea­man and Katie Searcy who all had their work fea­tured onscreen.

As part of our cre­ative cours­es, stu­dents are encour­aged to show­case their work and our close work­ing rela­tion­ship with local busi­ness­es, and lec­tures who have worked in indus­try mean our stu­dents are learn­ing from indus­try experts and are able to put their pho­tog­ra­phy skills into prac­tice through pub­lic exhibits.

Our cre­ative fac­ul­ties have also joined forces to pro­duce an online cre­ative show­case. What start­ed as a project to share work in the absence of phys­i­cal shows due to lock­down has now become a per­ma­nent fea­ture, with stu­dents and fac­ul­ties updat­ing the site all year round.

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Published on:
  • 19th July 2021 (9:00 AM)
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