A [point of] view of Manchester

A [point of] view of Manchester

First visit to Manchester alongside Redeye Hothouse.

Before the event I walked around the area, not even sure what is the name of it, so can’t tell you much. But ohh-what a place!

As the day began, it was fairly empty and quiet. The first impression – few lads just woken up from a busy night out, stinky breeze of “morning after” breath and sick behind the lamp post.
Ahh, the perks of Saturday morning….

The area though-lovely, lots of urban views and derelict buildings sharing the space between pubs, clubs, cafes and studios.

Few homeless people about [don’t really see much in Hull] and group of polish locals setting up a boozy breakfast next to the park “thing”

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I wish I had more time to explore Manchester, definitely going back in the future.

Redeye Hothouse 2016

On the 18th of June Redeye, The Photography Network organised Hothouse in Manchester.
I have briefly mentioned the event before, but Hothouse gives any kind of photographer an opportunity to present their work in front of other photographers, interests and artists.

I applied back in May to present my “End Of Life” celebration project – give the project life after the course.
I previously considered to put myself forward for similar shaped event in Hull – Illuminate, but I never had the “body” of work, something that is more than just photographs.
“End Of Life” has been a project with a greater meaning and I have been personally involved in every bit of it. I often call it my “baby”, something that I’ve done from the depths of my heart and really want to continue explore the end of life stages.
Redeye were interested and I was invited to speak and present my controversial [to some] project.

For weeks I was excited and nervous and the day before I prepared for the presentation.
I created a PowerPoint presentation and the plan was to accomplish that with my own words.

I prepared topics to talk about for each slide, taking in account that I have to explain the whole thing in just 10 minutes. Real challenge to present this project in such short time – it took me four months to get this project down to paper and fully acknowledge.

The day came quickly and we [my boyfriend was the assistant, driver and supporter for the whole day] set of early.

We arrived at the venue first, I was not too shocked by that – I like to be an early bird.
We signed in, settled the postcards and decided to have a little walk around Manchester.

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In a separate post I will show you the grungy and beautiful area of Manchester where the Hothouse took place.

The part of Manchester where TheStudio HIVE was impressive. It was different than similar areas in Hull, there was so many studios, galleries and cafes linked to art. At one point I even went into Arts Council England.



After a short walk and coffee, I went back to settle down and get ready to present. I was second to speak from 16 other photographers.
I was not nervous at all before the actual presentation – I got it covered, because I know the project inside out. Ha!-the nerves kicked in after I stepped on to the pedestal.

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My boyfriend filmed the presentation which I still haven’t looked back at – there are few reasons.
The nerves took over the common sense and I even did not look at the notes – my head was full of secondary warnings – look at the notes, calm down. I think I communicated well, there was a few moments where I did not make sense [I think], but overall I told the story. I missed few important facts, but overall people had a really good reaction.

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It is important to note that after the first speaker, Mark Peachy, there was no questions. It might have been because he gave enough facts and explained the project and photographs fully…or it was ..erm…average. Not sure.
When I finished the presentation there was so many hands up – this is my favourite part about the “End Of Life” project -the discussion and constructive criticism.

I was super excited to hear what people thought and any comments that could improve my future work.

There was a lot of positive reactions and some said – leave the Martin Parr approach and focus on what you already do – beautiful captures of the end of life. Ahh, really good comment, because I might have already organically stepped away from that original idea, but not realised just yet.

In the first section I had an opportunity to see other two photographers and than in a break time – reflect on the presentation and the speech.

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In the break times – in total there was four brakes between the sections where people can gather for a chat, discuss the portfolios and presentations, and make friends.

There was quite a few people approaching me with feedback, questions. One of them was Dr. Afzal Ansary a representative from Royal Photographic Society. He congratulated me on good presentation and great project. He gave me some constructive criticism and said I need to start focus on one or two major project parts and start narrowing down the ideas.
He also invited me to present the “End Of Life” project at the RPA event in July. I was my honour and was feeling the excitement, although I realised I will be away when the event is on. I still need to get in touch with him and propose to present at other RPS events in the future.

In whole-the day was so good, overwhelming and educating. I did think that my project stood out definitely and I feel like I can continue now.

I will also briefly go through my favourite photographers and their projects.

Mara Acoma

Mara Acoma was presenting two projects and both were really interesting and captivating. Both projects are part of her MA so I was kind of relating with her, as mine is part of BA.

The Etropy Garden – The Entropy Garden is an art project as well as a real garden. The project is looking at how nature takes over the man-made.

The Entropy Garden

This image is from her website and although it is not the final image, I really love the actual image as it essentially shows her as an artist.

E/utopia is the second project Mara presented. The e/utopia project is an exploration of the ideas of utopia and eutopia.  It explores the idea of a journey to e/utopia and how such a unique journey can also be universal.



Mark Epstein

Mark Epstein is a documentary photographer and senior language tutor at the University of Manchester. Combining images and text, A Random Walk to Graphene is a window onto working lives and the vision of those engaged in a remarkable enterprise.

When searching for his website and online photographic presence, I have discovered that he is actually a proper documentary photographer with the stunning images. You can check out his website here: Mark Epstein

My notes from the event says – “his presence is astonishing and text really accomplishes the photographs. He doesn’t realise his potential.” But by looking at his website – he was not revealing the full story.

Drew Forsyth

Drew Forsyth is a photographer from Manchester.

In the Hothouse, Drew presented his dance photography work, which was brilliant, but he is versatile and talented commercial and portrait photographer.

He say’s about his dance photography:
“Whenever I’m asked about the kind of work I like to make, dance is always the first thing I say. Working with an amazing dancer is like working with an amazing athlete. Their tireless perfectionism, attention to detail and stamina is just something else, and these guys won’t stop until they get breathtaking images – and neither will I.”


The photographs presented had a hint of commercial photographer, but I found it fascinating that he is able to connect these two genres and create stunning and precise images of dancers.

Elaine Duignenan

Elaine Duignenan is a photographic artist based in London. She has exhibited internationally and has work in collections which include the V&A and The Museum of Fine Art in Houston. Her work is represented by Klompching Gallery in New York. Alongside making her own series of work for exhibition, she undertakes artist residencies and works alongside institutions such as Wellcome Collection to devise and deliver special projects. In late 2009 one of her images was flown to space by Astronaut Leland Melvin on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Before she presented her work, I was chatting with her and she seemed to be nervous and really worried if she can deliver. Well… I have a feeling that she was being too harsh to her work, but looking at the facts that her work is exhibited in New York – no worries.


The work Blossfeldt’s Apprentice is her painstakingly made objects out of twisty ties in attempt to recreate Karl Blossfelddt’s iconic plant structures.

An interesting thing about her presentation and work was the technique in what the objects are photographed in. All the way through I thought it might be scannography, although one image looked like being photographed. And at the end someone asked the technique and I was right – she uses advanced scanner. It is amazing to see how the scanner has picked up such precise detail.

She was also really lovely and gave me a good feedback to my “End Of Life” and the whole interest in death, funerals, grave yards and end of life.

I kind of felt like the conversation between artists about my project means more than the conversation I rise in public…I need both sides to take part in my journey, so it was so good to see some external views from artists perspective.


Lee Price

Lee Price is another speaker from the event.
There is not a lot of information about him available, but the project “Against the Order of Nature”  is the focus point.
“My work predominantly focuses on the male form, often exploring the sociological and politically influenced attitudes and reactions to sexuality, amongst the public and in the media. This can range from commentary on the cultural exploitation of sex and sexuality to the impact of social responses to sexual orientation and expression. I like to pose questions and provoke reactions within my work, hopefully raising debate surrounding issues I feel ought to be addressed for one reason or another.”

There is no doubt about the subject matter and the questions and awareness he raises with his series.


My notes on the booklet says – How can you make a topic/issue like that photographically different from other work done previously?
I found that the topic of the series was more powerful than the photographs. But he has definitely been through an eye-opening journey and has been deeply involved with the people in Uganda.

Lee was clearly not used to public speaking so the video he showed at the end gave the series more context.


Natalie Wardle

Natalie Wardle  can be described in one word – ace!! Her presence at first felt really “over the top”, but I kind of fell in love with her during those 10 minutes.

Control was the project she presented and her work explores and questions femininity, the things females go through to fit society’s ideal body type. I focus on the way clothing can constrict the female body. Focusing on undergarments such as control pants I present a humorous reflection on how the clothing meant to improve ones look is actually rather unflattering to look at on its own.

Another thing she mentioned was the Tit Tape project that I found fascinating.


The reason why I really, really enjoyed her presentation and work was the rawness and originality. Natalie is following her passion and I closely related to her – as crazy as your “dream” project can be, as long as you stick to your guns and passion, you can deliver extraordinary images and story.

She is one of the presenters that I am curious about and will follow her work to see what she does in the future.


Keeley Bentley

Keeley Bentley has currently graduating from her Ba Hons in Photography at Blackpool & the Fylde College, she is then moving onto a MA in Photography at Manchester School of Art in September 2016.

Her work is described as “this work sits on the cusp of where a girl is available and when she is not – Lolita Lust” 


Keeley uses Medium format film camera – brilliant, image series are beautiful and clever. She bases a lot of her work on books, fictions, so as this one.

During her presentation, Keeley revealed that she prefers not to talk about Lolita Lust and allow viewers to make up their own stories around the photographs.

Chris Bethell

Christopher Bethell and his personal photo series about his search for the truth about his grandfather – Chris is dual-national; both citizen of The United Kingdom and The United States. Until three years ago Chris believed an elaborate fiction about his family’s history. Last year he stepped foot into America for the first time, following Granfather’s path from east to west.


Chris Bethell’s story written in the blog is even more capturing than the photographs, and at the event I was stunned by his work. This must be the place is a captivating story, beautifully captured by Chris.

He has done a really good job of protecting is images and so to those who are interested- check out his website/blog.

At the event I admired his photographs -down to earth and real. It feels as if he has copied what the eye see’s and some how got that on photo paper – it does sound strange, but that is how I felt.
And whilst trying to nick some images, I have discovered more extraordinary captures of the world around us.




Another reason why I loved his work was the ability to relate. Hi is searching for answers through photographs and I kind of do that myself. My project is different, but the common elements are linking each other.



On the day, there was more photographers than you can see here, but I though I keep this short and sweet.


Excellent organisation from Redeye and TheStudio. I really hope to go back on day and maybe join the Redeye Photographic network.

There was a few sudden reflections from myself and my project.

I took “End of Life” project out of its usual frame – Hull, Uni, people close to the project and the known environment where it was born in the first place and suddenly it changed its shape.
I discovered that I have put a very personal and Latvian bias on the project and that I should continue to focus on the cultural differences, because that is what makes this photographically attractive to others. And I also have to give myself a pat on the back – considering the limitations and circumstances I have at least 15 great images.
Also, as mentioned at the beginning – keep the love for Martin Parr, but never mention the relationship between my love for Martin Parr and “End of Life” in the same sentence. It is only me that can understand why and in all fairness  – in the back of my head – have I really used that approach? This is another exploration awaiting.


It was my honour to be able to present the project to a different audience and I look forward to continue working on “End Of Life”.

Next thing – Latvia and image revisit images taken in the United Kingdom.

In the next couple of weeks I will also be official volunteer at the Dove House Hospice and get stuck in on “End Of Life”.

Hull 10K 2016

Hull 10K 2016


“2016 from behind the lens has been the best year”

Just weeks before the Hull 10K is was still indecisive whether to run or photograph and because I have been super busy for the past five weeks and had to skip training, I decided to be there as a photographer. Few days before I contacted the organisers in order to get the press pass. Last year I got some fantastic images, but struggled to get access to certain areas. This year the press pass made a massive difference and I have captured some great moments and emotions.

This year the run has been fantastic-inspiring, full of joy and happy faces. So many people run for a good cause, supporting different organisations and stepping out of their comfort zone.

It was my honour to capture very special moments and I hope you will agree with me – images really reflect the Jane Tomlinson’s Run For All Hull 10K.


Please share and tag your friends so that the images reach the right people.

Thank you!




Back in March I went down to Wakefield to visit The Hepworth Wakefield Art Gallery. Martin Parr’s work has never been so close to me, so I really wanted to get down there and indulge in one of my favourite photographers of all times exhibition.


The exhibition was beautiful, accessible and I was even allowed to photograph.

The main purpose for the exhibition was to exhibit his recent work taken in 12 month period between Wakefield, Morley and Rothwell in West Yorkshire, which is famous for producing early-forced rhubarb.

You can read more info here:



There is not a lot of photographs, because I was focusing on looking and indulging.

As the website states:
“The Hepworth Wakefield presents the largest Martin Parr exhibition in the UK since 2002, comprising more than 370 photographs that span the past 40 years. The exhibition presents a chronological overview of Parr’s celebrated works, including rarely seen images from his series The Non-Conformiststaken at the beginning of his career reflecting his experiences of living in Yorkshire, and The Last Resort, documenting leisure time in the seaside town of New Brighton.”


This was a bit of a surprise for someone like me, who has done quite a bit of studies on Parr’s life and work – the self-portraiture hobby that he has.
I feel like this image here shows how “KITSCH” Martin Parr is and always has been.




The wall covered with the photographs he has taken over the years was impressive. It was giving away the exact feel that Martin Parr is always celebrating – the obvious presence.

Also there was a lot of Parr’s books available to look through and a film that he has done on the subject of celebrating England.



I was viewing the exhibition for quite a bit of time, really felt like every moment spent there is precious.

The visit definitely confirmed my deep love for Martin Parr.


Outside of the gallery there is different art available to view, really fits in with the environment.

The exhibition is closing this Sunday 12th of June, so if you still want to visit-HURRY UP.


’17 Fountain @Hull School of Art&Design

The opening event for ’17 Fountain took place on the 4th of June at Hull School of Art&Design, right next to the “Lasting Impressions” .

I have heard about the project few weeks ago, so on Saturday I had a chance to speak with the team, have a look at some souvenir urinals, representing/celebrating 200 years anniversary of Armitage Shanks and Marcel Duchamp submitting a urinal to the New York Society of Independent Artists for exhibition.

You can read more information and get all the application forms to submit your own project proposal:

’17 Fountain

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I have looked at Marcel Duchamp’s in the past as one of the most fascinating moves from an artist to challenge the viewer.
When I was researching about Pop Art and Kitsch for my dissertation, I had a sense that Marcel Duchamp has stated to raise questions first – what is art.

I also appreciate that the celebration of this anniversary is taking place and new emerging artists can make their mark in the world of arts.

I am currently considering to apply for the project and write a proposal, but I am not quite sure what exactly I can offer.

I would like to connect this to my “death” themed project, but I have to sit down and look at the options.

HIP Gallery: OSHOMI; Close To Abstract

On Saturday I also had a chance to visit Hull International Photography Gallery and exhibition by Oshami “Close To Abstract”

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First things first – the new gallery space looks amazing, all done by amazing volunteers at POP and HIP Galleries. Love the carpet.

The exhibition itself at first doesn’t seem anything that I haven’t seen previously, but when taking my second circle around the gallery, images seem to change, the content looks different..By the end I was almost playing a guessing game with the photographs.

It is important that photograph gives the space for imagination and the artist has definitely achieved that.
Also exhibition is beautifully presented.

If you are interested, visit here for more info:
Close To Abstract by Oshami, HIP gallery, Princess Quay

“LASTING IMPRESSIONS” @Hull School of Art&Design Degree Show 2016

On Friday, the big day for all Hull School of Art&Design Year 3 students finally came in a shape of a Degree Show. So did BA (Hons) Photography course exhibition “Lasting Impressions”.

For those who need a bit of a clarity – the Degree Show is our exam. The big task [sounds like an easy task, but hey – ask everyone – not as easy] is to have an idea/project free of choice and using skills gained in previous years, create a body of work that must be exhibited at the end of the year.

My thoughts, ideas and projects have been open to public throughout the year, as I frequently use “da blog” to share my research, projects, photographs and most important factor  – I have shared my journey through struggles, ups and downs, success and failures.

The end of the degree course has come to an end, but I am not ending my photographers journey.

I have grown in to a confident and highly-skilled photographer thanks to the Hull School of Art&Design, teachers [I’m definitely naming them] – Nathan Pidd, Alison Field, Matt Winterlich, Andrew Gillatt, Mark Terry, Anna Bean and Jane Jones. Off course, it has always been me – I have “miked the cow” as much as I possibly could and have climbed my way up driven by passion and hunger for success. I have joined ridiculous projects, written a dissertation, worked up to 30 hrs a week [bill money], moved house and taken care of my life.
I have also tried many different photography genres, so I have plenty of skills to choose from, when looking at my future.

And here I am, finishing my “official project documentation” for two modules, editing images and planning my future.

Ohh, did I mentioned the Degree Show??  haha…


We had our struggles as a group to compromise so many different photographer and personality needs, but got there at the end.

All week before the show we were there, hung up the prints and finished all the “little” jobs.
We also invited people that supported us, hired us and showed their interest..

The Degree is really important part of the third year, so the expectation was high, nerves and butterflies in tummy …

People started to arrive before 6 pm and the small reception area filled up quickly with members of public, teachers, staff and students.


For the Degree Show I had a dilemma – be a photographer or just enjoy the night and celebrate the fact that I have been a photographer for three years. As you can imagine, I struggled to make my mind up, so I took the camera “just in case”. When I was approached by Rachel from Sowdens-Sowdens  in question regards some photographs from the night, I quickly turned the camera on and tried to capture the moments, people and the mood of the opening night.
Although I am the master of multitasking, I must admit that it was difficult to photograph when you have to make sure that the show is going well, everyone who has come to see “Lasting Impressions” are greeted properly and that I get a chance to mingle with everyone…
I also only left the “Lasting Impressions” around 8:30 pm to have a quick look at the Fine Art “Fabricate and Form” exhibition, so I didn’t had the full coverage of the whole Degree Show..
Felt like I have let myself down a bit, but maybe I just gave myself a task that is just too big considering the circumstances.

For the official part, the poet Douglass Dunn had a little speech and we had a chance to hear his poems about lost communities in Hull.



When the official part finished, I was starting to feel the buzz, the happiness and sadness.


Throughout the night, I must’ve been in the autopilot, because a lot of these images are taken with my camera, but clearly not by me…it was a storm of people, conversations, gatherings, mingling and posing.


This is BA (Hons) Photography 2016 graduates and their teachers Mark and Andy, missing Aimee and Anna Bean…Oh Kate and Laura, Erin’s interpreters should be in the group photograph too. Kate and Laura been beside Erin, helped to blossom in to a confident photographer and been really awesome people to meet.
Oh, here they are:


As we invited quite a few people, we had to keep an eye for them to come.

My biggest supporters this year have been eskimosoup and John Gilbert.
I was really to pleased to see them at the show and hear more inspiring words.

I also invited David Burns, as I was on his show BBC Radio Humberside David Burns Show and shared my project “End Of Life” and Funeral Photography with his listeners.

He was really lovely and encouraged me to come on the show again when I get my project going with Dove House Hospice.


Regards to the Dove House Hospice – Linda and her sister from the hospice came to greet and congratulate me. I was surprised and happy to see their lovely faces there.

Laura Senior invited Peter Levy to “Lasting Impressions” and she succeeded. he came and it was really lovely to see that he was interested in Laura’s work, story and spent some time with her.

The group and I were not missing an opportunity for a group photo and show him other student achievements.


He seemed to love AJR Photographs panoramas covering subject of revisiting Constable paintings and the locations where they were painted.


Here’s other student creations:

A. Firth Photography


Natalie Hill and her awesome ideas about how the body image of women are perceived in this decade.


Gina Watts and her surreal photographs themed around hallucinations and alzheimer’s.


Erin Ridsdale and her obscure long exposure “star-eyed” photographs.


And me – celebrating “End Of Life”


When looking at my final three photographs, I can see effort, struggles and success, but I don’t feel like “Final Best” have been displayed. I try to keep in mind my journey and how I have developed the idea and what my future plans are, but it feel’s like if I just had more guts and time…if…

I don’t have Walter Schels-like images up on the wall, I haven’t changed world with these photographs and haven’t fully discovered my Latvian heritage through the medium…

The good news – this kind of torture gives my project big future and heartbeat, but the patience and dedication will give me the result eventually.


Around 8:30 pm I tolled down the Fine Art “Fabricate and Form” exhibition and took a few snaps, congratulated girls.


Also I had a little look at the hand made frames that Shauna have done herself.


And than the kind security of Hull College asked us to leave…

It was an amazing night, overwhelming is the most popular word of how to describe it.

The next day I had no time to recover as I had to have a look at the full exhibition and two other Exhibition Openings at the Princess Quay Shopping Centre.

Evaluation – good quality, high standard and some rally interesting new artists hopefully will impress potential clients.

This probably is not the only blog post about the exhibition, as I attend to refer back to great things, but for now a one big THANKYOU to everyone and I hope that this post will encourage you to go and have a look at the exhibition within next two weeks!!!


Today is probably one of the most happiest and saddest days of the whole three years of the course.

I have changed and evolved as a person through all three years and today I feel sad. I am ready to go out in the “real world” but I am not ready to say goodbye to those fantastic people hat been alongside me, seen my ups and downs and given me the strength to become a PHOTOGRAPHER.
At the beginning of my second year, I told one of my tutors that I want to change the world with my talent via photographs. Really cheesy and naive goal to have at this decade.
And now at the end of my third year I have publicly announced that I am a photographer – LIVE/LOVE/CHANGE LIFE.
And I will. Eventually.

My Final Major Project has been a challenge from the start, but with a bit of a laugh and piss take and than with a few serious considerations, I have travelled around different areas of End Of Life celebrations, worked on different subjects, even been to Latvia.

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It feels like should have a conclusion by today, I have to be finished with the project. But I can’t close this chapter just yet.

The “End Of Life” project will carry me through summer and I have big plans for the future.

Today Hull School of Art&Design Degree Show Opens at 6 pm.

BA (Hons) Photography “Lasting Impressions” Exhibition is big part of the degree show.

Hope to see you there!



The final steps in to finishing this course – prepare and organise the exhibition.

The group really showed the commitment and team spirit and we all arrived to unwrap the prints and start measuring,  gluing split batons and getting images down to the exhibition space.

We did all the work over the course of two/three days. Teachers and the group did all the hard work. We had to measure the backs and draw the lines for the split batons, etch both – the print and the batons, so that the glue can seal in better and attach the batons to the print. Then we had to let them dry for 24 hrs.
As we previously tested everything, the work was efficient and fairly quick.

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Other job was to attach the batons to the wall, also measuring the correct height. That was more of a job for our male teachers as no one was trusted with the drill ha.
We also had to paint few bits of wall.

As all the preparation was done few days later, all we had to do was to hook the prints,  settle the table and postcards, description cards [see below] and place the video into the TV.

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These were created based on a one story about the group and the BA (Hons) Photography course and individual information about each student/photographer and their project.


We we all ready and excited.

Thank you to the group, we all done well, it’s been good three years.

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From left: Natalie Hill, Gina Watts, Laura Senior, Alison Robison, me, Erin Ridsdale. Aimee is missing in the picture, but she’s been part of the group since the beginning.




After my last grave yard visit I thought I am not going back for a while, but an idea was born. What if I stage something, re-create something that I have been doing by sneaking around bushes..?

I managed to find the best person for the job and arranged the a little meeting up to test my staging skills.

The message I sent to the person was one of the strangest for both of us: “I look forward to seeing you in the grave yard” haha

Anyway – the other main reason for the photo shoot was the Redeye Manchester Hothouse Opportunity to present photographic work. I applied to be part of the event and show case my “End Of Life” celebrations project as for the first time I had a body of work that deserves a bit of recognition and life after Final Major Project submission.

I sent the best photographs, but explained that due to the project being on going, I might have a different content by the time I have submit the presentation.

I wrote the following:

My name is Anete and I am a photographer. 
I am currently in my last two months of completing a BA (Hons) Photography course at Hull School of Art&Design.

I am submitting a body of work or a project that is also my Final Major project.
The project is about life and death, celebrating life lived and life left behind. The starting point of this project was to explore the concept of Funeral Photography, photograph funerals in the same way it is accepted to photograph weddings. Project is evolving into a ongoing body of work and the subjects are ranging from crashing funerals, visiting cemeteries, photographing momento mori, photographic visits to the morgue and reflecting my own vision of how I see the subject, taking in account my multi-cultural experiences and thought processes. 
In the past few moths I have learned that the subject of death is taboo, but as I keep approaching people and speak openly about it through photography, the interest is growing and people start to share their personal experiences.

By the 18th of June project will have reached different level and I will have more photographs.

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I received a positive response and was expected to part of the event. YAAY!!!

And I still had no new images to my project.

The grave yard itself was one of my favourites and it was suitable to a photo shoot due to its size and location.

It was strange and weird to be asking someone to pose grieving and mourning next to the graves that belongs to personal experience to someone.

But I had he right person for the job. My friend understood my project and have had his own personal experiences with death, loss and the “dark side” of the life. He was into similar subjects and even considers collaborating with me and Dove House Hospice in order to change the opinion about discussing death and end of life openly.

I had a vision in my head of what I would like to see in the viewfinder, but it is much more easier to be said than done.

We also discovered the true magic behind this cemetery -it was a lot more bigger than we thought. There was a small church at the back and area for cremated burials that looked like a cave in the middle of Neverland.

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Beautiful and full of surprises – HEDON ROAD CEMETERY.

I ended up with few good images that represent a personal and special moment in time, when we come and visit our loved ones and seek for peace and quiet.

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The image below was chosen to be image for the Manchester Hothouse main application and will be the face of my project?!


Thank you to my friend for not thinking about me as a crazy and disrespectful. Thank you for following my lead and chipping in the ideas and image creation.

This sort of working method is not ideal, because in a sense it is staged and not real, although we can all argue that we all can relate to this kind of experience.
It was worth a try and I might even do this again, but create a story board.