Platform Expo – Work Experience

Platform Expo took place over 14-15 November, and brought together the best in retro, current and future gaming technologies.

I was lucky to have been given free reign over the event, being able to speak to those who are playing a major part in shaping the world of gaming, from Hull and the East Riding.

Being over split sites, meant trying to balance pressures of time and resources, but this is exactly how things would be in the “real world” of journalism.

The session on Friday was very busy, with pupils from various schools across the area attending, and that made things harder to get close to, and view, but it also meant that I could see a cross-section of the next generation of students who will be learning how to use the improving technologies through study at Hull College.

It was a great experience for me, to see how to cover an event such as this, and I will be learning from the pros and cons of it, moving forward into the next couple of years.




Sainsbury’s School Games – Work Experience

I was very lucky to have the opportunity to cover the Sainsbury’s School Games, which took place at St. Mary’s College in Hull back in November.

This event brought the best Table Tennis players together from all corners of the area, to play against each other during this 2 day event.

By engaging with everyone involved, organisers, teachers and pupils, I was able to get hundreds of photographs of pupils showcasing their talents on the table tennis tables within the school facilities, and a true insight into sports photography and journalism.

Being up close, and with a very fast sport, brought it’s own challenges, with having to adjust timings and shutter speeds to ensure that I captured the true spirit of the event.

I will be learning from those experiences, and making sure that if I cover events like this again, that I am able to be fully prepared for everything that is involved with it.  It was also good to make contacts within Humber Sports, and also with photographers from the Hull Daily Mail.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, and will be actively seeking out events such as this again during the next 2 years of my course, and beyond that as well.


Photography Assignment – Feedback from Semester 1

I’ve been sorting through paperwork, and I’ve found the feedback I received from my peers from the Photography Assignment back in Semester 1, and rather than keep bit of paper, I thought it only right and proper that I noted them on here.  They are anonymous, but I’d like to thank them for their constructive comments from my portfolio of pictures.

Feedback 1

Images – Great photos, nice use of different compositions.  Like the Black and White Photos.  Really captured the structures well.  Artistic.

Project – Nice personal connection.  Good research, showing other photographers work.  Well thought out.  Lovely story with each photo.

Presentation – Nice that it was presented on Powerpoint.  Clear presentation.  Lots of details.  Well Done

Feedback 2

Nice to see influences.  Good story with photos.  Good use of Photoshop.  Very good explanations.  Good mixture of closeups and depth shots.  Good use of symmetry.  Very good presentation.

Feedback 3

Interesting compositions.  Use of colour vs monochrome.  Clear interpretations of influences that reflect through own work.  INtentional themes of iron/steel, bridges  or colour vs monochrome.  Good use of leading lines, creating strong compositions.  visually impressive scope through eye line. Impressive technical skills.

Feedback 4

Very strong research conducted.  Great compositional angles – leading lines etc.  Nice theme – very sentimental and a nice link.  Good range of colour and b/w images.

Feedback 5

Horkstow Bridge – In black and white looks good.  The lines of the cables of the Humber Bridge – Golden Triangle, The white wall at Crowle Bridge, good leading line.  The grayscale photos give an industrial look.

Feedback 6

Shows scale and grandeur of the bridge, Creative use of each interpretation.

Feedback 7

Project – It was good storytelling, well put together.

Images – Great use of location, simple, captures a great story.  Each images tells its own story – Very effective visuals.

Presentation – Lots of content, very effective.

CATS Reflection – Don McCullin

During our CATS session, we started to look at the work of Don McCullin.  We have already encountered the work of Don McCullin within the Photography stream of the course, but it was very useful to take that knowledge a little further.

Don’s work, can be described as photo-journalism in some of the most hostile and dangerous parts of the world, over the last 60 years, from his National Service in the Suez Crisis, through Vietnam, Northern Ireland, during the troubles, and more recently Syria.

We looked at a video from The Times, which showed Don together with other journalists from the newspaper, looking at the violence and bloodshed in the conflict.  Don is now in his late-70’s, and was still in the firing line, not shirking from the front line.

It takes a tremendous amount of courage and guts to return to somewhere so dangerous at that stage of your life, and the journalists who were there with him, were impressed that he could still do it in his 70’s.  He was not being carried, but held his own, even with the bullets flying around the area.

Don is a widely recognised and respected photo-journalist, and has seen many different scenes and countries over his career. His photos are very well composed, as you would expect, but show a completely different world to London, the place of his birth, and Somerset, where he currently resides.

In his book, Shaped By War, Don reflected on his feelings of guilt about the subjects that he has photographed over his career.  He said: “I feel guilty about the people I photograph….. Why should I be celebrated at the cost of other people’s suffering and lives?”

He is a very talented photographer, but I can’t begin to imagine the things and places he has seen over his career.  I question myself, as to whether I could go to these places and not be affected by the human suffering.

His drive and determination to seek out people and places to demonstrate the difficulties felt by sections of society is why he is regarded as a true genius of his generation.

From all that I have read, McCullin seems like a normal man in his 70’s, but his vision has brought the devastation of sections of society to a wider audience, and his legacy will live on forever in his photographic work.  The subjects are tough and gritty, but McCullin brings a human element to the pain and suffering.

I will be researching more about Don McCullin, including the excellent BBC Imagine documentary with Alan Yentob.  By learning more about people who have blazed a trail in the field, it will help to understand further about what drives someone to go into a war zone, putting their own life at risk to show the suffering of conflicts and wars.

CATS Reflection – Camilla Stephan and Klavs Bo Christensen

The two photo journalists that I have selected are both very good at what they do.  They portray difficult social situations, showing the humanity in the shots they select, and the way in which they are framed.  I took the deliberate decision to select a journalist from either gender, to see how the different sexes approach a story.

Their photos are very similar in style as both use black and white photography to show the stark reality of poverty, drug addiction, and being abandoned by society, and this means that it has much more impact than if the images were in full colour.

One of the main differences between their work is that Camilla tends to feature a younger subject, where as Klavs showcases adults who are on the fringes of society, but given this, they still encapsulate the trials and tribulations of different areas of the world.  Klavs work also has portfolio shots where the subject has posed in front of the camera, where as Camilla’s seem to be in a more candid style, taken on the fly rather than staged.

Featuring cultures far removed from their own roots, Camilla and Klavs have shown that there is suffering out there that doesn’t always get reported within mainstream journalism, and have done so with a level of understanding and support that is not always prevalent in other forms of media.

As a journalist, I admire their drive and determination to show these difficult subjects that don’t get the full attention that they deserve.

CATS Reflection – Photojournalist 2 – Klavs Bo Christensen

When looking through Klavs work, I particularly enjoy seeing the composition and use of colour, or rather lack of it.

Photography started out as a hobby for Klavs, and has now gone on to be an award winning camera artist, and his work is used in publications around the world.

I was drawn to his work in Syria, which focuses on Iraqi refugees. People displaced by conflict, trying to have a normal life, albeit it in difficult circumstances.

By using black and white photography, it gives greater gravitas to the subject, which he has also used in his portfolio called “Drug Addicts”

Klavs is quite prepared to take on subjects that are on the fringes of society, and give them a sympathetic angle, rather than one that is just sensationalist. By working with these groups, he has created a selection of photos that grab your attention with the starkness of the composition.

Photography Assignment – Inspiration from other photographers

Other photographers insight into a composition can help to inspire others into creating their own photos.

I’ve looked at lots of photographs of bridges from around the world, and the following photos have shown me the beauty in capturing a shot.

Caught in a Web of Iron – David Caton



David Caton’s photo of the Forth Rail Bridge, was the winner of the Network Rail ‘Lines in the Landscape’ award.  An iconic bridge, with a steam train, is a modern shot, but showing elements of a bygone age.

Seascape – Andy Rouse



Whereas I am looking at bridges, this photo by Andy Rouse, demonstrates the use of monochrome.  There is a sense of movement, with the sea crashing against the rocks, and the idea that the penguin will be entering the rough sea at some point.

Winnats Pass – Sven Mueller



Use of a leading line in the centre of the photograph draws the eye into the distance, and the rock formation on the right side, demonstrates interest and breaks up the photo.  The cloud formations above show that a beautiful photo can be taken on a day with differing light.

Dent Dale Viaduct – Peter Watson


Peter Watson’s composition of Dent Dale Viaduct blends beautiful countryside, the 11 arches of the viaduct, with the natural phenomenon of a rainbow.  Again, the cloudy backgroun doesn’t detract from the foreground colours, as the sunshine bathes the landscape.




Photography Assignment – Thoughts, Ideas and Inspiration

With Digital Photography, there are advantages and disadvantages.  Using Film Photography, people were more selective of their photos, as taking a film with 24/36 exposures to Snappy Snaps was expensive, with many photos having stickers saying they were under exposed.

Digital Photography with photos going to a memory card, give the amateur photographer a lot more photos to select from, but some have the attitude that Photoshop will fix errors and 200 photos to select from, so a laissez-faire method can be applied.

With that in mind, the thought process for the assignment has taken a lot of deliberation, with the theme of a journey running through each idea and selection of photographs.  I have a journey each day through two counties to finally arrive in the City of Hull.

The initial 4 ideas for my assignment were all a journey of progress.  Chronological themes from years through to a single day.

Throughout the research for the different themes of the assignment, the one constant was the sense of travel, and journey.  As one of the big landmarks for my commute to and from Hull each day is the Humber Bridge, that connects the North and South Bank, and makes my journey easier.

As part of my surname is Bridge, I had a flash of inspiration travelling on the bus one morning, with the sun shining from the East during the sunrise.

So the selected theme was a serendipity moment….Oughti-Bridge.

Without Bridges, transport would be harder, travelling by foot, car, train or bus.  Each day I use many, some beautiful, some not, but all of them connect, things or people getting from one side to the other, quickly, without hassle, and make life easier.

I have selected bridges that I have a personal connection to, be that in the past, present, or future.

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Creative Futures – Photography – Ideas for Photographic Essay

Having being given our Photographic Essay brief, planning is key, so I’ve been looking at ideas on which theme to use throughout the task.

15 – 30 photos on an given subject, allows for massive scope and looking locally and in the wider area, there are lots of ideas that I am giving serious thought to.

I have currently got 4 areas on my horizon, and these are

  • Progress of Farming
  • Development of Flight
  • Railways through the ages
  • One Day

Looking at each in turn, these are my thoughts on the subjects.

Progress of Farming

Farming is a huge industry in my local area of Northern Lincolnshire.  There is a wide variety of arable crops grown, from Carrots, Potatoes and Beetroot, through to grain crops such as Barley and Wheat. Farming techniques have changed over the years, from manual labour to harvest the crops using hand tools, to modern, more machine led ways of gathering.  The farmer with scythes and horse drawn ploughs have now been replaced with Combine Harvesters with GPS trackers, Drilling Machines, and Intensive farming.  Photos could include older techniques of farming, together with newer ways of working.

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Development of Flight

From the first flight in 1903 with the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, the formation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, supersonic passenger flight with Concorde, to today’s more fuel efficient wide bodied jets, Flight has fascinated Man over the last 111 years.  Photo ideas include Biplanes from the early part of the 20th Century, moving to Spitfires and Lancasters that provided a turning point in World War II.  After the war, the move to passenger aircraft, with the first passenger jet, The De Havilland Comet, which was successful if not filled with the teething problems of this new age.  Boeing 747’s, through to the Airbus A380.  There are aircraft museums locally, at Elvington, and Doncaster, together with numerous airports within travelling distance.

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Railways through the ages

Vehicles on rails have been in Europe since the 16th Century, but passenger services only started in the 1800’s.  From Stephenson’s Rocket, the Rainhill Trials, iconic steam trains such as Mallard, the Sir Nigel Gresley and The Flying Scotsman, railways have been a major contributor to the success of the United Kingdom. Things changed post World War II, with the move from Steam to Diesel/Electric, and also the major impact the Beeching Cuts had in the 1960’s.  Suitable images could include Steam Trains, Diesel/Electric Trains, MagLev trains, through to the changing face of the railways from British Rail to the split to Network Rail who run the tracks, and the Operating Companies such as Transpennine Express, Northern Rail, and First Hull Trains that run the services, and major companies that own the rolling stock that are leased to the Operating Companies.228-2013-national-railway-museum-york-the-great-gathering-stephensons-rocket-replicaPicture of Northern Rail Class 142 Pacer diesel multiple unit 142021

One Day

Every day is the same, 24 hours, 1440 Minutes, 86400 Seconds.  But each day is different.  The changing of the seasons, different weather conditions, the changing times of the sun and the moon rising and setting each day.  The days uniqueness gives huge scope for portraying a 24 hour period, from the stars twinkling overnight, the sun rising in the east early in the morning, moving around to the South, before setting in the West in the early evening.  Cloud, rain, wind, hail, snow, and sun, in an ever changing sky, make for lots of ideas for photographs.  The idea of one day in pictures, from the sun rising, different scenes throughout the day, until finally the sun sets, and the moon and stars shine brightly from a cloudless sky.

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