IoP Symposium 2018

I had an absolutely fabulous time at this month’s face-to-face event at Falmouth University’s Institute of Photography’s Symposium.

Although I could only attend one of the four days (house move means no spare holiday time available from day job), it was great to meet the tutors in person (even if only briefly) and my cohort peers and other students on the Flexible Learning MA in Photography course.

Being back in the darkroom was a joy. Thanks to Paul Clements for his time. Here’s a small snapshot of the images I worked on.


These negs were from a test shoot using an old 1955 camera – there seems to be some issues with their quality, but I’m not too worried as I can always go back and reprint. I can always dust off my spotting skills too.

It was real fun to take part in the print swap organised by my peer, Philip Singleton. I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with ‘swappers’ about my own, and their, work. Below is an iPhone snap of the booty I acquired.


Such a variety of styles – thank you to you all.

And here are the ones I took to swap.

One of the most fun elements of the session was meeting my fellow student from Italy, Dayana Marconi. We spent some time messing about with cyanotypes on the Saturday, and I took part in her project on the Sunday.

Her patience and ability to get me to generate negative emotions  into a scream were awesome. I say this because having had many a trail and tribulation in my life, and one of those being a major contributing factor for my reason for applying for the MA, at present there is only one irksome element to life (which is not yet being able to work full-time again in a photographic context) and I struggled to muster any negative response at first. This in itself for me was a wonderful bonus as I feel I have come from a very negative life experience to a place that is positive and empowering.

To find out more about the event, search for #IoPSymposium18.


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