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Graduate Photography Online 2012

As part of the warm-up for Graduate Photography Online 2013 we bring you these special bonus selections - chosen from the 2012 BA Submissions. We asked some of the Directors, from those courses who participated in 2012, to choose their favourite set of work. The only condition we set was that the work they chose had to be from a course other than their own.

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Special Guest Selector - Peter Neill

Special Selection by:

Peter Neill

Course Director, BA (Hons) Photography
University of Ulster

Overview: Rhodri Brooks' images show a perceptive observation of, what appears to be, everyday life but with a special awareness of the precarious divide between absurdity and 'normality'. There is a knowledge and understanding of the history of portraiture in both painting and photography, which is carefully acknowledged, but at the same time exploited and twisted to add another layer of meaning. This is beautiful and contemplative work which displays a sensitivity and delicacy with its use of natural light and simple props. The images contain hints rather than explanations and leave us with questions rather than answers. I love the serious humour that makes one re-evaluate the content and context of the photographs.

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Rhodri Brooks

University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) Photography

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Still LivesThis work addresses issues surrounding adolescence and the transitional period of leaving childhood and entering adulthood. In the images I try to represent both childhood and adulthood. Referencing traditional, earnest styles of portraiture such as those of the Dutch renaissance painters links the photographs to the responsibilities and seriousness of adulthood with the window light representing the looming transition. Then a ridiculous, bizzare element is introduced to the photograph, be it a small sculpture balancing on a head or a pair of tights pulled over the face or coving it with hair, to represent the fun spontaneity and carelessness of childhood. The work is about the balancing act we all face between the two in our daily lives, and the juxtaposition between the earnest and ridiculous.

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Peter Neill has been exhibiting since 1977. His photographic work has been published extensively in Europe and featured in the British Journal of Photography and Creative Camera magazine. He has exhibited nationally and internationally and was a founding member of the editorial team of Source Photographic Review.

Jim Hamlyn »
Subject Leader, Photographic and Electronic Media BA (Hons)
Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University.

David Williams »
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Photography, Sheffield Hallam University

Tony Clancy »
Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fine Art Photography, University of Gloucestershire

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Barking and Dagenham College
BA (Hons) Photography

Blackpool and the Fylde College
BA (Hons) Photography

Mid Cheshire College
FDA Contemporary Photography

University of Chester
BA (Hons) Photography

De Montfort University
BA (Hons) Photography and Video

Dublin Institute of Technology
BA (Hons) Photography

IADT Dun Laoghaire
BA (Hons) Photography

Edinburgh College of Art
BA (Hons) Photography

Edinburgh Napier University
BA (Hons) Photography and Film

University College Falmouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University for the Creative Arts Farnham
BA (Hons) Photography

Glasgow School of Art
BA (Hons) Fine Art

University of Gloucestershire
BA (Hons) Fine Art - Photography

Gray's School of Art, Robert Gordon University
BA (Hons) Photographic and Electronic Media

Griffith College Dublin
BA Photographic Media (Part Time)

Hereford College of Arts, University of Wales
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Central Lancashire
BA (Hons) Photography

Leeds College of Art
BA (Hons) Photography

Liverpool John Moores University
BA (Hons) Photography

Manchester Metropolitan University
BA (Hons) Photography

The National College of Art & Design
Certificate in Photography and Digital Imaging

University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Documentary Photography

University of Wales, Newport
BA (Hons) Photographic Art

University of Plymouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Portsmouth
BA (Hons) Photography

University of the West of Scotland
BA (Hons) Photography

Sheffield Hallam University
BA (Hons) Photography

Staffordshire University
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Ulster
BA (Hons) Photography

University of Westminster
BA (Hons) Photographic Arts

University of Wolverhampton
BA (Hons) Photography

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