09 September 2015
MA Photography and Visual Journalism display opens
Students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) have taken an interesting look at modern life in cultures around the world through a free photography and journalism exhibition that is open to the public.
The MA Photography and Visual Journalism display includes pictures and films that showcases the lives of people from Preston to China to the Post Soviet Baltics. It includes a look at the stories of Army Reservists in the North West, the phenomenon of Chinese cram schools and the story behind a marginal group of people who join in the escapist act of dressing as mermaids.
“My work explores the reasons why people sign up to the Reserves and what they think the future holds for recruits. I wanted to show the personal side of the military that we generally don’t get to see.”
Kevin Crooks, a 35-year-old MA Photography student, has worked with the St Helens Army Reserve Centre on his film and photography project. He commented: “My work explores the reasons why people sign up to the Reserves and what they think the future holds for recruits. I wanted to show the personal side of the military that we generally don’t get to see.”
Fellow photography student Lixin Cui from China focused on her five-year-old niece Xinyu for her exhibition. She said: “I love photographing children as you don’t know what they will do next. I wanted to share the kinds of activities that many Chinese children take part in during their summer holidays.”
The exhibition, at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery in Victoria Building on the Preston Campus, is open to the public 10am – 4pm until Friday 11 September.
The exhibition, at UCLan’s PR1 Gallery in Victoria Building on the Preston Campus, is the culmination of a year’s work for more than 20 students and is open to the public every day 10am – 4pm until Friday 11 September.
Course leader John Aitken commented: “Essentially this course is about being able to capture an interesting and in depth perspective of contemporary life in a variety of cultures and countries. It’s all about visual communication and storytelling and I think anyone who comes along to see the exhibition will find it both entertaining and informative.”
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