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 Having moved over the summer I now live next to Colliers Moss which is a regenerated area in Saint Helens. The area that was once Bold Colliery and Power Station is now full of trees and wildlife, it is a great place for nurturing my love for photographing everything natural.
I focus on the things the average passer by wouldn’t notice and try to capture close up details of natural forms. Whilst I’m out on walks this also gives me an opportunity to hunt for interesting things to take back home and photograph in my lightbox, this is where I play with arrangements and lighting. 
This study focuses on natural form, for example leaves, bark and moss. First photographed in their natural habitat where I found them and then taken out and instead placed in an unnatural, manufactured environment on a stark white background.

Aimee Arrowsmith

Angel Devlin

Over the course of this project, I meet individuals within the Creative Art sector who are willing to speak out about their worries and concerns for the future, not only that but the positives that have come from this year due to Covid-19. It has been amazing to see the strength of the Creative industry, coming together to fight for the arts and their future!
Creatives across the UK expressed the general lack of respect shown to the arts industry with the overwhelming majority of British cultural workers such as dancers, musicians, actors – saw their livelihoods shattered in a matter of hours this March with no support given.
This is especially serious for the performing arts world, Music, dance, and theatres are in the mass gathering business, and they will be among the last area of public life to reopen.
The exhibition includes portraits, statements about the participants and a film piece.

Caitlyn Jones

 My motivation and intention behind creating this work was to highlight both the range of different colours and shades in familiar everyday environments that are usually either lost or unnoticed. My work aims to highlight these colours and shades in such a way that they become the main feature. This has been achieved by capturing prominent colours and identifying contrasting and matching colours within each image. 
The work on a whole showcases my personal everyday life and experiences both at home and in my local area during the COVID-19 Pandemic (2020-21), thereby revealing a part of myself and my isolated life through this period. 
My main inspiration has come from documentary photographers Stephen Shore, William Eggleston, Marc Provins, and Niall McDiarmid collectively, as they all explore creatively with the use of colour.

Calum Jones

Notes from Home

I have captured a series of images that focus on dereliction showing the worn down, decaying buildings that have become old, grotty and vandalised overtime. Through the images that I captured I want to communicate that over a long period of time, everything ages and becomes a form of old, decayed material even ourselves as a human form, get old and eventually turn to ash. I want to show the beauty in what time and age formed together can create. The images displayed are from the North West, specifically Liverpool and Chester. 

Many people may have different views on old, vandalised buildings as they can look and be very taunting and stereotyped as a place you would find gangs of teenagers and an example of a quote of a friend of mine once said was “Don’t go down there, you might get stabbed”. This is an exact representation of most people’s opinion and views of run down, vandalised areas when in reality they’re not all bad. Like the English novelist, George Eliot said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. You never know the reality of something until you’ve experienced it for yourself.

Carla Saunders

Due to Covid-19 I wanted create work that I could see myself doing in the future and that I could do without breaking any lock-down rules. I started my research into the style of Vanitas, and how 17th century artists would paint objects that would symbolize a meaning behind them. From my research into that genre I decided to photograph something that I could connect with my Mother. My Mother has a collection of mini perfume bottles, most are from 1990s when she worked in London's’ West End department stores. The collection has grown throughout the years. 
In my work I want the show the detail of the engraving on the bottles and the interesting shapes designed. I want to create artistic images showcasing the shapes and colors of each bottle.

Cassandra Vallance

 The Virtual Portrait 

The Global Pandemic has had a major effect upon us all, more than we may have realised yet. There is a disconnection between people since the pandemic, from masks covering identities, to not being able to meet up with people. Therefore, we cannot get a true representation of someone’s identity, other than what we see through a screen, or from a distance. This pandemic has made people understand how much we relied on human interaction. It has put life into perspective and made us question our morals and values. 

Our lives have been affected in ways we never could have imagined. But what are the long-time effects of lockdown? Will it affect our identity? 

This project uses facetime to capture people in the uk who have been experiencing the lockdowns, often sitting within four walls of their own homes and trying to create their own daily entertainment. 

Chelsea Busby

The Virtual Portrait

During this short film, I have used a mix of still and moving imagery to portray life within the Covid-19 Pandemic. I have focused this on my own experiences in relation to the ‘stay at home’ guidelines provided by the UK Government. The imagery used showcases a meditation on the domestic environment and suggests the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic with common themes such as isolation and loneliness, and the mundane repetition of each day.

Ffion O'Dell

Stay at Home

From altered body shapes to distorted facial features, the media have created an unattainable beauty standard through the digital manipulation of images. Continuous exposure to digitally enhanced photographs has a damaging effect on young women's body image. Consuming mainstream media has caused our perception of reality to become warped. What used to be a quick glance at a billboard, scroll through social media or flick though a fashion magazine has now become a means of comparison to unrealistic beauty ideals. 
“Digitized Dysmorphia” alludes to digital technology’s detrimental impact on our mental health. The project explores female portraiture, with a particular focus on self-perception. When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves as something broken needing to be fixed, we over analyse how we look and focus on the aspects of our body we wish to change. We pull apart our appearance into fragments and the broken mirror embodies this concept.

Ffion Thornton

My photographic practice focuses on the environment and attempts to capture the way humanity exploits the planet which all creatures call home, not just mankind. We treat the earth like a litter box and pollute the very entity that sustains life. Our actions have caused and will continue to affect the existence of all life on Earth, from the endangerment and extinction of species and global warming which has and will remain to disrupt the environment that has been formed over time to support the most valuable construct, LIFE. The work displayed has been produced because of my curiosity for the way people have decided to embed our way of life onto the world.

Georgina Price

This short reflective film aims to challenge certain assumptions we have about the older generation. This past plagued year has seen many people go above and beyond to help out our elderly community, but there are also those who believe that the vulnerable ones above a certain age are not worth the multiple lockdowns we have entered. I want to question what makes people think one life has more value over another, and why age often plays a part in determining this. I asked for volunteers over the age of 70 to answer some questions about life, to share their wisdom as well as their experiences in lockdown in the hope it will inspire an increased appreciation for this often-overlooked generation.

Hannah White

When I commenced university three years ago, it was because I have had a dream to create a new story for many years. The opportunity has never presented itself until a period of illness forced me to reconsider my priorities. That was the catalyst for change. I enrolled something of a traditionalist photographer, competent and a safe pair of hands. Three years later I am so far from that photographer I hardly recognize myself.  At the start of the second year, I realized that photography was no longer about looking at an image, it was about something greater. There is a story to tell, and to tell that story you need a performance. The past two years in particular have seen me move away from being a photographer, to a performance artist. My pictures are not just a picture in isolation they are joined together to tell a story. They are part of something bigger. 
The change of outlook started whilst working in collaboration with others. However, selfish as it sounds, I am not that man. I want ownership of my work I will stand or fall with it, of course I will listen to others, but my work is just that, it is mine. I want to explore the boundaries of what interests me. I want to challenge myself to do new things and work outside my comfort zone. I no longer want to see my pictures in a gallery, I want them to be seen in situ, I want them to ask questions of the viewer, not give them answers.
 
This final year has seen a year of frustration, with the inability to attend University. It has seen a period of illness with Covid 19, that left me as tired as I have ever been. It has seen project after project curtailed because of lockdown. I am never short of ideas, yet the frustration grew ever larger as the year slipped away. Yet four weeks before the deadline, an idea became a little more than just an idea, it became a small project and in the space of a couple of weeks that small project became a film. I became a producer, a script writer, a director and I have loved every minute of it. It is a genre that up to now has never interested me, yet now I am filled with an interest in developing my understanding of both still and moving images to create a new story. 
 
There is a story to tell in all of us, sometimes we have to push ourselves to find it

Ian Warburton