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Celebrate

For the last ‘Expressing Your Vision’ groupwork session we decided to try something a little bit different and invited all EYVers from March assessment to share the best of their submissions with their fellow students. The idea was more for a celebration than a crit, but with such a creatively diverse set of assignments there were plenty of questions to be asked and the session naturally developed into a wide ranging discussion on different aspects of the course and photography in general. 

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Has the last year been a delay, distraction, or an inspiration?

As the lockdowns are (hopefully) drawing to an end, it’s worth looking at examples of how some students have channelled their experiences into their student work. For many people this historic period has provided the opportunity of ready-made subjects for creativity. Not only artists, but the public in general have been getting very creative. Much of this is part of a community spirit to entertain, to lift the mood of others and to brighten up homes that seem increasingly like a scene from Groundhog Day. 

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Student work: Suzanne Conboy-Hill in conversation with Hayley Lock

OCA student Suzanne Conboy-Hill has negotiated the use of one of her art works by the internationally renowned company Swatch®. The story touches on so many aspects of life as a working artist; the power of Instagram for Visual Art, copyright and intellectual property, pricing and contracts, that I asked Suzanne and her tutor Hayley Lock to share a conversation about Suzanne’s experience with Swatch®.

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What is your tutor up to? – Garry MacKenzie

In some of my previous blogs I’ve explored writing about the environment, translation, and building on other texts in your own writing. These are all issues which I’ve been thinking about for my poetry book Ben Dorain: a conversation with a mountain, which has just been published. In this blog I’ll explain what the book is about, and share what I’ve learned from writing it.

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My final year challenge by student photographer, Veronica Worrall

Study Event (virtual)  27th March 2021 Unseen Connections – A Year of Adaptions  Rational, Preparation and Outcomes  My final year challenge by student photographer, Veronica Worrall  “The art of life is a constant readjustment to our surroundings.” ~Kakuzo Okakaura   The modern humans’ ability to modify to novel environments relies not only on genetic mutations […]

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Format Photography Festival

Format Photography Festival is almost upon us again, running from 12th March to 11th April in Derby and online. This year, OCA Photography tutors Derek Trillo and Jayne Taylor (that’s me) will be co-hosting a virtual ‘festival visit’, with a view to enabling those valuable shared discussions that form such a key part of the […]

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New Level 1 Course Unit: Graphic Fiction

The new Graphic Fiction 1 course unit considers the ongoing development of this understanding of comics, from what was once considered only reading material for children to what is known in France as ‘the ninth art’ and an American cultural export as esteemed as jazz or baseball.

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Visual research in action

All design briefs begin with research questions. These questions should hopefully lead to ideas, that can be turned into possible design practice. 

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