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Photographing Your World

Monday 26 January 2015

Did you feel inspired by Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age? As part of our autumn exhibition, we worked with Students’ Union University of the Arts (SUARTS) to experience your world as seen through your camera, using ‘Constructing Your World’ as the brief and taking inspiration from the exhibition.

Chosen by our Constructing Worlds curators, our winning student photographers discuss their shots.

Robin Clark, 'Untitled' - BA (Hons) Fine Art
This photo was taken on a sunny autumn afternoon at the Churchill Gardens estate, Pimlico, London. It is notable for being one of the first major social housing projects in the post-war period (constructed between 1946 and 1962), and for me represents an interesting moment in British architecture. Aesthetically I am inspired by Modernist art and design, though wider post-war culture in general has the largest influence on my work. I value aesthetic experiment over technical proficiency, and so this image was taken using my standard compact camera. Through my methods, materials and points of interest I also wish to reflect the working class identity with which I have grown up and view the world from.
Leila Collins, 'Three Faces' - Media Communications
This photo was taken on a Saturday morning at Whitechapel market. As I was passing by I noticed the perfectly symmetrical market stall with this grave looking man. It is the contrast between the colourful background, the mannequins' faces and his own that made me want to take a picture. This photo represents to me the true melting pot that is London, that seems to manage to stay somehow authentic in spite of the spreading gentrification.
Marlen Rau, 'Two Buildings' - Foundation Diploma in Arts and Design
The image was taken in Dublin and I wanted to capture how the two buildings are so different in style and yet work together harmonically, complementing each other. I chose this area and angle as I wanted to separate the buildings' shapes from the ground level environment. I also wanted to explore how these shapes make the buildings appear almost 2D, and make the composition and pattern interesting in its own right.