Degree Shows 2011: Free Range Photography

Free Range is showing again at the Truman Brewery in London this year, bringing together student shows from all over the country in a rotating timetable. Showing this weekend was a group of photography degree shows. Here’s my pick from the University of Westminster, Nottingham Trent, and City of Westminster shows…

Free Range is showing again at the Truman Brewery in London this year, bringing together student shows from all over the country in a rotating timetable. Showing this weekend was a group of photography degree shows. Here’s my pick from the University of Westminster, Nottingham Trent, and City of Westminster shows. Shown above is an image from an extremely slow-moving video work by Beth Vieira at the University of Westminster. The work, one of a trilogy, “explores themes of representation in cinema, male identity and masculinity”.

Lucia Busnarda, from University of Westminster, took these photos as part of a series on cities.

Hugh Elphick looked at Victorian Prisons in London, and their proximity to residential neighbourhoods, for his final year project at the University of Westminster.

Helen Page displayed brightly coloured details of everyday life in the University of Westminster show.

Natalia Janula has an unusual display in the University of Westminster show, with her photographs shown on small screens within an installation of lightbulbs.

Alessia Palombo documented what she calls “the adult baby scene” in England for the University of Westminster show. The exhibition included an audio interview with the ‘boss’ of the nursery and also one of the nannies featured.

Jo Wilson is showing a project looking at the companionship between dogs and their owners in the Nottingham Trent show.

Katy Pople moved the indoors outside for her images in the Nottingham Trent show.

In the City of Westminster show, Avi Ratnayake presents a series of portraits of people with the skin condition vitiligo.

Sophia Ahmad is showing a series of imagined murder scenes as part of the City of Westminster show.

Finally, we end with a lovely series by Vikki Ellis in the City of Westminster show, which responds to the recent period of political change in the UK. “This change brought flashbacks of old, when ‘austerity’ really did mean living without waste,” she says. “During my career in the civil service I often heard amusing stories of ‘how it used to be’ with many reflecting an accountable, cost-effective establishment. This work retells some of these stories.”

This particular Free Range show continues until the end of the day, and a new set of photography shows begins this Friday. Visit free-range.org.uk for details of all. Where I saw websites for the students above, I have included them, otherwise visit the Free Range site for contact details.

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