One of the perks of my job as a photography tutor is the occasional bit of marketing photography I get on the side. For the last few years, I have had the pleasure of photographing the 3rd year fashion students final collections, and have also photographed their clothes on the catwalk at the end of year show. I’ve also shot staff photos, drama productions and displayed my work in the windows of the King St site.
I was also asked to take photos for the school prospectuses. Rather than being a yearly job, this is a bit of a bonus for me, and was also chance to work towards a much more specific brief. Obviously my job was to make the school look good, which seeing as it is, wasn’t very difficult. The real challenge was trying to make some of the less spectacular stuff look interesting. For instance, photographing music rehearsals in a tiny room with horrible green-tint lighting is not very easy. Nor is photographing a 3D printing machine in action, due it being a very boring process!
Nevertheless, it was a very enjoyable way to go about the college and see other members of staff doing what they do, and seeing the different teaching styles, which I tried to capture in my photos. I think the most successful images have been the ones where I get close to the students to show them creating different things, be it a musical composition, a sculpture or an illustration. Basically trying to capture the look of concentration and the act of learning itself.
Here is a selection of the photos I have taken over the last few months. You can also find quite a lot of them dotted all around the CSVPA website, and if you ever care to drop in to the school, you can see them in the prospectuses as well.
Marketing Photography at CSVPA
Is this an example of grief tourism?
A few days back I was awoken by a call from a BBC Radio Oxfordshire producer. They asked if I would agree to a phone interview with their breakfast presenter Kat Orman. Last time I was interviewed for the radio it was back when me and some friends cycled from Canada to Mexico for charity. That was a pre-record and going out to a modest listenership of hundreds, but I was nevertheless sweating bullets about it. Luckily this was a pre-record as well, but I only had about 5 minutes to prepare myself before they called me back and conducted the interview, and this was going out to thousands of morning commuters.
The producer found the blog entry about my experience in Calais and wanted me to discuss whether I thought there was an element of grief tourism associated with volunteers coming to Calais. It would appear I have become an authority on the matter! Not the most appealing of specialisms I have to admit. While I feel that it exists, it wasn’t prevalent in any way, which was what I wanted to stress. I became more comfortable as the interview went on, and felt I raised some good points. But it was an interesting lesson in what the media find relevant and/or interesting…
Despite talking at length about the ways in which people can be of help, the editors took the more sensationalist comments and put them on air, and only put in about 30 seconds of our interview. Slightly annoying, but from the perspective of the editors they were always going to be more interested in working with controversial soundbites and using them to generate discussion.
The show can be found on iplayer radio for the next couple of weeks if you fancy listening to it. My cameo starts at the 2hr 13min mark. If anyone knows how to rip the audio please let me know. It’s not every day you get to be on the radio, even if it is about something as macabre as grief tourism.
If you missed my previous blog posts about my trip to Calais, and would like to have a look you can read them by clicking these links:
Part One – The Calais Jungle
Part Two – Volunteering in Calais
If you are interested in volunteering you can find the link to L’auberge des migrants international here.
This week Wilburton Theatre Group are performing Big Fish the musical at St.Peter’s Hall in Wilburton. As I’ve said before, I enjoy photographing rehearsals. Amateur dramatics is a really lovely way for a community to get together, in more ways than one. Firstly you have all the locals coming to see the show, as well as family and friends of the cast members. But you also have all the talented individuals that give up their time to put on the show. There are all of the cast, who are comprised of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. There are the technicians, from lighting to set design. The costume designers, the chaperones, the fundraisers and the marketers. All of these people do it for free and do it for long stretches at a time. For this particular production, many of the team have been working on this for three months. The resulting effort is very impressive and standards have improved along with the technology that supports the show. It is now possible to create an exciting show in a humble town hall that will genuinely entertain you for over two hours. So there’s no time like the present to get your ticket. The first show starts tomorrow at 7.30!
You can buy tickets here or you can pick them up at the local Post Office in Wilburton. The show is nearly sold out for Friday and Saturday, but you can still get tickets on all three nights. Here is a selection of Big Fish theatre photography to entice you into coming and enjoying the show.
Big Fish Theatre Photography