Im pleased to say that I received an honourable mention in the 2017 International Colour Awards with my image of a Wild Horse dozing in the New Forest. I must say that I'd forgotten I'd applied until my boss saw my entry on the list! If you'd like to see some of the other entries, please take a look here.
Over the past 12 months, I've been given the opportunity to present a series of Guest Lectures to aspiring Photography students about becoming a Photographic Assistant.
The first was on a slightly ad hock basis after being asked by Lottie Davis to step in last minute to talk as part of a programme of lectures to students of the prestigious Falmouth University Photography course. Following on from my boss Pål Hansen's talk on his career, I spoke to the students about:
My background and How I came to be an Assistant.
What an Photographic Assistant is and differing types of Assistants
My role with Pål and what a average week looks like
The different roles I play from day to day
The benefits of Assisting
What makes a good Assistant
I ran through some of the different shoots I've worked on using Pål's images as examples ie. editorial/commercial etc. and finished offering advice to any would be assistants. I found that the students seemed really interested and had a lot of questions. I think the gap between a Photography Student and an Assistant seemed much more accessible that the gap between a Student and an established Photographer so they really wanted to hear what I had to say.
I was then asked to speak to participants of the DEVELOP scheme at The Photographers Gallery. The scheme aims to help young people get into the photographic industry by providing a wide range of talks, guest lectures and workshops. As a youngster, I had no idea about the photography industry, let alone how I'd go about being a part of it, so I jumped at the chance to being involved in helping people establish ideas on prospective routes into the industry.
Shortly after the talk at TPG, I had spoken to a past tutor at Nottingham Trent who decided it would be a great idea for me to talk to the NTU Photography 3rd years about Assisting. My partner Imogen (whom I met during University), who works as PA to the artist Yinka Shonibare MBE and co-ordinates the Guest Projects initiative at his North London studio, was also invited along to talk and answer any questions about her route into the Arts industry.
***On a slightly side related note, I am also proud to announce that we were asked to be Alumni Fellows of NTU, a role that I'm really excited to fulfil in the future and it was an absolute honour to be asked.***
If you would like to read the article published by NTU, please click here.
They've been a little while in the making, but my first two moving image pieces are now streaming on my website. Take a look at them under the Moving Image tab on the left hand side.
Massive thanks to all round great dudes Stephen Pickles and Luke Thompson for helping with recording the sound.