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Waiting

Jack Orton shot the project ‘Waiting’ a few months ago around London and Bournemouth. He’s a Level 5 Student on BA (Hons) Commercial Photography at Arts University Bournemouth.

I wanted to gain access into these large corporation office buildings, often buildings that you see or hear nothing of other than the waiting rooms and reception areas on the ground floor, this is what really fascinated me.

These huge elaborate spaces would have had an enormous amount of time, effort and expense put into them. However in contrast they had a bizarre lack of presence within the interiors, the precise details together with the often minimalist design and randomness of objects found within these spaces, appeared to be unnoticed by the people around them.

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For more of his work, check out Jack’s Tumblr & Instagram.


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How’s Life in London

Adam Tofil is a Level 5 BA (Hons) Photography student at Arts University Bournemouth.

Tea and biscuits at 12?

More like long queues of socially deprived people selling their last possessions to pay this months rent and maybe buy a few beers to drown their cynical thoughts.

I grew up in Streatham – it’s in South West London in-between Brixton and Croydon. Predominantly the things I saw and experienced were pretty dark – it was a side of London I got to know, all of us (my friends) would get beaten up, robbed, sometimes stabbed. This was all during the graffiti era in London 1990’s-2007, shoplifting clothes, alcohol and spray paint, bunking trains, eating junk food… drugs… It was one side of London and I’m aware my experiences do not speak about London as a whole…

I started shooting on film 6 years ago, it was never anything serious – just taking pictures for the sake of pictures. I read somewhere once that we should photograph the world before it disappears – well, London definitely isn’t the same anymore… The pictures I captured hopefully channel a subtle feeling of melancholia to express what I felt growing up in London.

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Find more of Adam’s work on his website.


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Salient Leo

Joy Hayman is a Level 6 BA (Hons) Photography student at Arts University Bournemouth.

This summer I was lucky enough to travel to Zimbabwe. Whilst I was there I went to antelope park, where I did a Lion cub walk at 6am. The timing was so beautiful as you get the orange tint sunrise. The cubs were very playful and moved around us a lot, so you always had to be on guard. This image captures that moment of breath, where the lions were still. I was lucky enough to encapsulate the lion looking straight into the lens to project an intense, striking atmosphere.


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Face Death

Zak Dimitrov studied BA (Hons) Photography at Arts University Bournemouth and graduated in July 2015. “Face Death” was his final major project for the course.

Obituaries are everything but hidden from the public eye in Bulgaria.

Quite the opposite, the A4 poorly printed poster with a picture of the dead person and a short poem expressing grief is a commonplace object on trees, outside houses, coffee shops and graveyards. The artist took his curiosity about the process of bereavement people go through and how they choose a picture which will represent their beloved one for years to come as a starting point. The majority are vernacular blurry images with colour aberrations and, in general, not the most flattering ones. Furthermore, the photographs were taken prior to the person’s death without any intention to be used for this purpose.
With time the photographs’ physicality has changed dramatically serving as a metaphor of time passing by. Does a ripped up, faded image mean that their friends and relatives have forgotten about them? Nowadays, especially in Western society, no one thinks about death – it’s avoided, almost feared. It’s one of the very few taboos left in the modern world.

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Installation photograph by Felix Speller

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Installation photograph by Felix Speller

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For more work visit Zak’s website. You can also follow him on Twitter @zdrphoto or contact him via email at hello@zdravkodimitrov.com.


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Sweet Science

Jake Thomas is a BA (Hons) Photography student in his second year at Arts University Bournemouth.
This documentary project is on a boxing gym in Stoke, in the North of England. The gym/institution specialises in the development of young adults/teenagers who have been excluded from school and are unfit for mainstream education. They use the sport of boxing as a tool of discipline and a therapeutic method.
The project not only explores this gym but also seeks to help the kids represent themselves and take control of their own representations through the art of self portrait.


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Forms

Kat Garlick is a Level 5 (Hons) Photography student at Arts University Bournemouth. Initially influenced by the work of Barbara Kasten, “Forms” is a series of sculptural photographic experiments in response to the colour palette and aesthetic of post-modernism and the 1980s.

A study of colour, form and light, 3-D geometric shapes constructed from cardboard in a variety of bold colours join together to create several abstract compositions. Fleeting sculptures, existing only in the captured moment – also an intrinsic element in Kasten’s work – are created for the camera as futuristic and desolate alien landscapes, distorted in reflection.

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Be sure to check out Kat’s Tumblr for more of her recent work.


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Exterior

A poem by Meg James, a second year Illustration student who has a keen hobby in writing.

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The interior is the most important part of a house.

We all live in the interior. We thrive in the interior.

If there’s something that isn’t working for us, then we choose to adapt.

Buy a new lamp. Change the curtains.

But sometimes there’s a problem that can’t be solved quickly, like a broken boiler. Instead of fixing the problem we put on another jumper and close the windows. We ignore it, hope it goes away. It makes us a little mad.

Flip a table, smash a plate.

Fuck it, smash every single god damn plate we own.

Why do we have to live in this house? Everyone else’s house is doing just fine. They’ve got those lovely wooden shutters and a yellow front door. People stop to admire their house.

We assume that house has no problems at all. How could it when it looks so lovely? No cracks in the bricks, no uneven paint smears on the walls, no broken gutter. We assume the inside matches the outside.

We forget we cannot see through walls.

That’s the funny thing about exteriors. They’re the face value, the first impression and the mask we wear.

We forget that the interior is the most important part of the house.

Maybe it’s alright to have a faulty exterior.

Maybe.


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Specialist Professional Practice

Marie Bourgat’s BA (Hons) Textiles project photoshoot, in collaboration with the BA (Hons) Commercial Photography student Lewis Bench.

Find Marie’s website here, and Lewis’ website here.