The Pipeline

I FINISHED MY DEGREEEEEEE

AH the freedom! Now, what the hell am I going to do with my life?! Like, seriously.. I don’t even know where to apply for jobs.
So I finished my degree last Friday, and I got a small wacky little job the day after at some place near Liverpool street called ‘The Pipeline’, there was an fundraising event going on in the basement of this place for some Alice themed film. There was some pretty crazy characters performing, but it was good fun.

University stuff..

My graduate showcase at the University of East London with work on show from all the other students on my course will be opening on the 29th of May in the AVA building, feel free to come along and have a look.

And again, I will be doing the Free Range graduate exhibition at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane this year. My university will be exhibiting between the 12th and the 16th of June. I posted about this a few times last year, where I said I will be the one curled up in the corner.. And I probably will be again. I’m sad I won’t have Paul, the brilliant technician who got me and others through the course in my first two years to help out again. And with the exception of Dom who has been doing the same course as me this year as well as the first two years back in Swindon, there is barely any one I even like that will be around. So it’s gonna have to be a round up all the free drinks before any one arrives tactic…
Here’s hoping my boyfriend finishes his masters degree in time to come for the open evening!

 

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The actual end of education..

…is coming to an end for me.

So it’s been 5 years of Secondary School and GCSES, 2 years of College and A Levels, 2 years of Foundation Degree and 1 final year to get my full Bachelors Degree at the University of East London. And all of that is going to be over in two weeks. TWO WEEKS.  (and hopefully I’ll never go back to education ever again…it’s not for me)
I’m not sure I can cope with the idea of having to be a real grown up after that time. I’m going to have to get a proper 9-5 job. That’s a terrifying prospect. In some ways, I’m looking forward to having a job, I’d like to be able to earn my own money and not having to freak out that I’m buying clothes or nice food with my student loan instead of using it for printing costs blah blah etc.. and I will love being able to get back into some kind of routine again. I think that’s what I’ll miss the most, having a routine… because I definitely won’t have that for a good few weeks.

I am really looking forward to be able to spend some real time with Ben again. I’ve shown the below pictures before, but wanted to show them again. I know one of them is kind of christmassy in the background, but it’s a lovely picture of my Benjamin. (:

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I don’t think I’ve shown this one yet.

Here is another photo from last year…

I’ve uploaded quite a few from this shoot in the past, but thought one more can’t hurt right? I was very pleased with this shoot at Lotmead Farm in Swindon, and I definitely fell in love with the Gypsy Moth plane they keep in a hanger there.

EXHIBITION

Next week, starting the 22nd of April until the 4th of May, I have a solo exhibition at the Rural Arts Gallery in Stepney City Farm featuring some of the photographs I have taken around the farm. Prints on show will be available to buy! It’s quite exciting, my first solo exhibition.. I am also doing the Free Range Graduate show at the Truman Brewery in Brick Lane again in June.
So, any Londoners out there wanna come have a look at my work in person?

Open 10am to 4.30pm Tuesday to Sunday
Stepney City Farm
Stepney Way,
London E1 3DG
(closest tube station is STEPNEY GREEN)

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Want a free E-Book?

If you’re interested in travel photography, or just interested in photography then this is for you!

Please feel free to click here and download our free E-Book called ‘NO BORDERS’, filled with works from 5 aspiring photographers in their graduation year at the University of East London.
All you need is the free iBook app on your iPad or iPhone or iPad touch, open the download link on whichever device and it goes straight to the app!

It was created for our final year of university, and is part of one of our modules.
Feel free to tell us what you think!

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And here comes the big day

My exhibition at the Truman Brewery starts this Thursday 20th!

I’ll be setting up tomorrow, and then the thursday will be the opening night starting at 6pm and staying open till 10.
So anyone who lives the London way, please come and check out the Free Range Exhibition on Brick Lane. There are 8 students from my class who are exhibiting who are really worth checking out! A little incentive to come…there will be free drinks. 😉

I will be exhibiting 6 photographs from my farm shoots. Quite excited to have them on display in London. And the Free Range Art & Design Show is apparently the largest graduate show in Europe, so that’s pretty cool I’d say..

Here’s the exhibition poster, it was designed by Lee Heaven who is also exhibiting!

And here is a map of the place, just so I don’t get lost myself…

And just for my benefit so I can refer back to it with ease…

How to get to the space. 🙂
TUBE & RAIL
Shoreditch High Street Station – 5 minutes walk
Overground services to Dalston Junction, New
Cross, Crystal Palace & West Croydon

Liverpool Street Station -10 minutes walk
Central, Metropolitan, Circle, Hammersmith & City
Lines and National Rail Services

Aldgate East Station – 10 minutes walk
District, Hammersmith & City Lines

BUSES
West End 8, 55 & 242
East London 8, 26, 48, 55, 57,242, 388
South London 35, 47, 48, 78, 149
The City 26, 55, 242, 243, 388

So after two years on the FDA…

…And I have learnt what?

What even is a camera?

What’s the ISO? EH?!

Whitebalance?! Is it 100?!

Auto is the best setting right?

Jokeees. I know what what I’m doing…. Sometimes.

But anyway..

The only person you need to make friends with is your technician.

I love ours, our all round know it all on anything and everything you need to know. He’s the go to guy, a top man, and giver of cheeky banter.

Just cause you have a small class (of nine) doesnt mean you’ll get more one on one time with your lecturer.
Who even are my lecturers?! No, seriously. I feel like I haven’t seen them once this year..

The course fees are still the same as if you went to an actual university..
The lying bastards. They advertise its cheaper, yeah but no. Thats not how it is.

You’ll use your entire student maintenance loan to pay for the course
I thought I had money, but I just paid £200 odd for my resources. And then another £600 for the exhibition. Fuck knows how much printing costs, but I know i just spent about £60 this last week..

You should probably get your lunch at 7am when you arrive in the morning.
Cause there wont be any food left when you go at lunchtime!

You’ll be asking daily for someone to pass the rope
Cause them deadlines are a serious killer.

I’m paying four f@!*ing grand a year and for what?
To stand at the printer with the A levels and Btecs cause we can’t afford to have our own printer. To have someone that ambushes you into stressful and pointless meetings, and f@!k your entire class over at the last minute. ‘Yeah I’ll sort it, dont worry’ tends to mean ‘I wont tell you until the week before and dont even look at me like that because you should have read my mind and knew what I was planning anyway’.

Talk about unresolved issues.

A couple more pictures from the other saturday, taken at Lotmead farm.

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And the countdown continues…

3 days until my final deadline…

EEK. Sometimes I really hate the way I work, its so freaking stressful. Having to contextualise my images after I’ve taken them and coming up with the project brief as well. Bah, it’s an utter pain.

Can’t wait to have a social life again, and drink and party and do absolutely fuck all.

Here are some more photos from my shoot at Lotmead farm, again with the beautiful Jade.

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