The Final Major Project theme is Hull, celebration of people living in Hull and finding those special places and people.
Done some work for NOT IN OUR COMMUNITY, that is based around teenage sexual abuse.
Images are done for the client and I would like to keep them discreet, as the subject matter is sensitive.
The brief was to build up stock images that can be used in campaigns to raise awareness.
I have done similar brief with them previously with the same goal – build up stock images for campaigns.
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I was hoping that this will kick-off my community/people based Final Major. The advantage was to be out there and together with people who are working with communities and supporting people.



Hull Fair is very much Hull’s thing, you either love it or hate it. It is old tradition and celebrates the last fair event of the year in the UK as all ride owners and food stalls go to sleep for a winter.

As a photographer, you go to Hull Fair to practice light movement, slow shutter speeds and nail the beautiful colours in the every capture. You can also photograph various food stalls and people behind the tills, pleasing every visitor with chips and mushy peas, candy floss and toffee apple. But once you’ve done that you have to step outside of your comfort zone and trigger the real emotions that Hull Fair brings. Or the gene of Hull Fair.

Even on the first Friday, you can see masses of people stumbling each other, not bothered about the slow walk and queue for food and sweets. And than what people leave behind them.

Colours, flashing lights, smell of urine down the back of the food stalls, balloons and cheese burger leftovers on the pavement.

I triggered my audience and picked the angle that I will use through out the Walker Street and off I go.
I must say – I was scared, but adrenaline made me not to care. I was geared up not just with camera but also with full beam Speedlight facing the victims.

I have recently been inspired by Martin Parr and Peter Dench to captivate the English, The British, but it can never really work because I am not either. But what I can see is truly  mesmerizing, because this is bold culture in what I live in and even though this is not the only “face” of Hull, this is a big part of it.
Yes, I might be bias and harsh [with light and equipment], but these images are relating to our experience at the Hull Fair.

Tag your friends if you can spot them in these images.


Yesterday I attended Pinhole Camera Workshop in the HIP Gallery, as part of International Photography Festival.
It was run by Wayne Wolton, local photographer and film enthusiast, also creator of Elephant Camera.

Workshop was really good in many ways. I loved the fact that we went straight into basics of how photographs are made and one essential ingredient – light. Loved how new generation [kids from HIP Junior Club] took part and they know so much about photography…Plus I made my own pinhole camera [see the gallery] and succeeded at least one image[coming soon]. Some results where amazing, images came out original, special and unperfect. I am sure that you’ll be able to see results in one of the Galleries later on in the festival.

“DESPERATE LUNCH” or Auto-elicitation

Last week in the lecture we all had a task – figure out what is photo-elicitation and auto-eliciation.

All my precious research and thought process is in the Final Major page – https://anetesooda.wordpress.com/final-major-and-other-projects/

I have named my photo series “desperate lunch”.

As I choose my subject matter, I thought about the memories now and in the future.

For the past month and a bit I have been volunteering in the POP/HIP Galleries in the Princess Quay Shopping Centre.

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For my schedule it means no cooking or home made lunch on the go. Not enough time and the effort needs to go in to my work anyway. So I usually have to grab lunch from Herby’s sandwich shop [other brands available]. And it is not what I would call a healthy lunch.

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First is the apple. I’m still holding to the old habit of having as much fruit and veg as I can, so apple is always in my bag.

And than the SANDWICH.

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If being specific – ham, Applewood cheese and tomato chutney, with salad on bread that is full of rubbish carbs.

The little story behind this is a bit sad for me. Year and a half ago, I changed my relationship with food quite dramatically, only because I needed a fresh start. And good, healthy food become my passion and interest. From a foodie to a nearly vegan and super, super healthy. And not because it was trending on social media, but because I changed the way I thought about food.

Our body is a machine and food is the fuel. No person will fill the tanks of their cars with a white spirit and expect to have a smooth ride. The same is with the food. You need the right food for your body, so it can run on its best capability.

So the sandwich triggers memories of how I ate year ago and how I eat now. In the future it will trigger memories about the Gallery, Photography Festival, last year at UNI, people that work in the gallery and visit the exhibition, and how I munched down the sandwich in the most inappropriate way possible.


The edgelands are close by because we are post-industrial city with wrecked industrial sites all over. I’m not local but some say that under the wreckage of fishing industry is Hull’s dignity. But we pick ourselves up, move on and will host City of Culture 2017.

I visited locations that are no strangers to me, because these places have attracted me ever since I live in Hull. “Britain’s wilderness” is a strong description of how I feel about environment that surrounds me. It feels slightly exotic to visit these abandoned locations. I compare that with reading a book – imagination takes over. Anyway…

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These locations are picked according to assignment and what associates with edgelandes.

First location is a piece of history, industrial building that was left to rot. Nature slowly started to take back the land to a point when this giant needs to be demolished before it melts back in to the land.

Second location has similar story but on a smaller scale

Third location is the “lost dignity” of fishing industry and for many years have been left to its own business.

Fourth location is on of my hot spots when I want to see industrial side of Hull from a interesting point of view. These images show the great landscape of industrial Hull at its peak, when it seems that under the layers of lost industrial activity there are few hidden gems.

To see research and thought process visit page: https://anetesooda.wordpress.com/final-major-and-other-projects/


Before I start introducing the festival and go into finer detail, I have to say that this post had to be written now. Because if I would let this soak into my system for a few days, I would lose the ability to be honest about it.

As some of us might have heard, October 2015 is the month for Hull International Photography Festival [see links below] and as I am a photographer that likes to get involved and learn, there was no question of not attending some of the events. So this Sunday I decided to exchange church visit for a day to myself with photography.

The festival has been put together by The Creative and Cultural Company and other companies, run by amazing Alan Raw and his team of volunteers [Sophie, John and his wife and others] and has been so big that even The Guardian has published a story on the festival [see links below].
As small as it sounded at first, it has gathered great worldwide photographers and other creative and talented photographers/practitioners around the UK. All venues in Princess Quay have been prepared and painted, work hanged by team of volunteers and turned into stunning gallery spaces. Festival also extends to other venues around Hull, such as St. Marry’s Church, Kardomah and Central Library.

All info is available on these websites:

http://hullinternationalphotofest.com/ – official hompage for the festival
https://creativeandcultural.wordpress.com/hull-international-photography-hip-gallery/ – The Creative&Cultural Company website

http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2015/oct/03/hull-international-photography-festival-in-pictures – The article in The Guardian

The reason for me posting this is that I visited three events today and I have learned so much about life/work/photography and most importantly about my self.

First was Dev Tank seminar. Photographers like Brian Griffin, Frieke Jenssens, Dave Kai-Piper, Peter Dench and Matthew Finn joined in discussion about photography as medium and art form. Graeme Oxby, who is exhibiting next door to HIP Gallery was leading the conversation and made sure everyone had a chance to speak up.


I have to say that the seminar was the highlight of the day. Discussions went from photography and education to . Brian Griffin compared freelance photography to survival game in the industry, that made me slightly worried, taking in account that he has exhibited worldwide and worked for a lot of “big guns”.
Matthew Finn discussed his strong opinion about not selling yourself and refusing to use digital photo-making, instead choosing to stick to the film, process and give his knowledge to the new generation of photographers. He raised question about education and how these days students are lacking the”love” for photography. At this point I started to disagree to the general opinion, because I reflect on my own experience as a student and I feel like in which ever palace you study at – it is up to you what you take out of the course anyway.
Dave Kai-Piper was interestingly talking about how quickly technology develops and we can never get ahead of the “newest” inventions, but that digital cameras these days are nothing more than digital copies of film cameras and that we are still waiting for a real digital era camera to arrive. Even though he admitted that he is in the early days of his career, he was still on point saying that adapting and re-invent is tiring, but necessary in the 21st Century.

I was able to relate to Frieke Janssens point about having the thin line between being yourself as an artist and get the assignments, meaning that she had to carefully select which personal work of hers will sell her skills to the potential clients. Obviously I’m not close to that point in my career at all, but she revealed that this fear can be in you as an artist regardless of how successful you are.

Some good practical advises came from Peter Dench and Brian Griffin saying that you have to be a brand first, than you knock on doors of magazines, communities, companies and everything that could possibly give you an assignment, because the money is always there, you just have to work hard to get those doors opened for you. As one wise man once told me that a good photographer is a photographer that continuously photographs – good, bad, amazing and boring. And today that was said plenty so I’m guessing that there is some truth abut it :]

I could talk more and have an essay here, but I need to get to the best part of the seminar.

Peter Dench has been a photographer that I’ve heard of, prepared a little bit before the festival, looking up his work and he reminded me so much of Martin Parr [like a complimentary gift when you buy something] in the best possible way, that I fell in love with his work there and then. Later on in the book signing he told me that, yes, his been called the cheap version of M. Parr, his drunk younger brother ect., but actually the only similarity is the approach to “all English”. Just as M. Parr, he takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary, travels abroad to capture the culture and behaviour of British people.
Anyway, after talking to him, I decided to bring up the dissertation and if he could help me with information and resources about M. Parr and himself as he would be the great practitioner to include in my dissertation. After a successful “yes” I decided to reward my self with his book that preciously has been placed on the top of my favorite fire place, signed of course.

Happy days^^




The next exciting story was about John Bulmer and his lecture at the Central Library. First thing – whilst on my way to the gallery, he approached me to travel to the same location, and only half way in the Princess Quay I realized that I am just casually walking and talking with the pioneer of British photojournalism in Britain and a BAFTA winning film maker. At that point I was very happy of how this journey is going and I made a promise to him that I will visit his lecture later on in the day.

So I did.

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His work is stunning that even on the projecting screen images looked like fine prints in the posh gallery. He took every listener into his own journey, sharing his best work and best stories. The way he expresses himself as a professional is amazing, sharing vital secrets of lenses he loves to work with, how he uses the Decisive Moment and how he sees the world.

The third event was case study from Nigel Tooby FRPS FRSA, He talked about extra dimensions in fine-art photography and his own work.


He was professionally prepared with two screens, presentation, but came a cross as a salesman of his work. He was there to sell his work and approach, regardless of what the audience wants to hear – I might be going wrong, but I left the presentation with this idea stuck in my head. He showed an interesting perspectives how to approach photography and exhibiting, also introducing obstacles that artists might cross when exhibiting with more than 2D work. I liked some of his work and some seemed extremely well staged and not suitable for the subject matter – for example his work with charity Simon on the Streets. A lot of his compositions, and what seems to be a documentary looked like arranged still life that had meaning added. I was left wondering…, but at the same time I was impressed with the way he uses 4D means of expression. You have to look at the work yourselves to agree or disagree with me [see the link below]. He’s work was challenging to me to understand, but I must say that he was comfortable with what he is doing and that can be convincing at times.

http://www.the-arthouse.org.uk/artists/list/1216/nigel-tooby – Nigel Tooby

Again I will celebrate people that made this festival happen, thank you.
Hopefully you will see me volunteering in the galleries next week and I hope there will be a lot more attendance to other activities, it is a shame to miss out.
Next thing for me  – Saturday 10th of October – Pinhole Camera Workshop – see you all there.