To see your image up on the big screen at Braehead is awe-inspiring. I have now completed my HND studies.
Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.
It’s not usual to have your picture taken by a legend, but this was taken by a larger than life legend who has been cruelly taken from his family, friends and students far, far too soon. An amazing individual that taught me so much in the little time I knew him, yet such a humble man who just loved what he did: taking photographs and helping others do the same. But he was so much more than a teacher. He was a gentleman with a keen sense of humour that was so appreciated by everyone whose life he touched. He will be sorely missed by so many because he was so much to so many. He so obviously thought the world of everyone he taught and now that world is in darkness.
Photography is all about light, and I hope my photography and that of those who you helped to be the best they can be fill that world with light again with the shining example you set us. R.I.P Robert. Bless you.
So, Wednesday 8th of September came and it was the day we were to meet the college Lecturer, Scott at the famous cone headed statue of the Duke of Wellington (look it up, I won’t spoil it), or outside the Glasgow Museum of Modern Art – or GOMA. We were about to head into the busy shopping precinct of Buchanan Street, which is full of high class shops and the very stylish Princes Square Shopping Mall.
Our Task was to stop a complete stranger who we found interesting style-wise and take their portrait. Glasgow is a very diverse city and has loads of people returning to the shops after restrictions are slowly being lifted. That the sun was shining was a bonus, giving us students the perfect light to get our shots. All we needed to do was ask to get them. Yeah sounds easy.
I’m pleased to say we approached many as a group so we didn’t look as though we were just out taking pictures – with identity theft on the rise people are a lot more suspect of someone on their own coming up and asking to take a picture. I managed to pluck up the courage to ask people on my own eventually though and that stands me in good stead for the next round. Wish me luck. Oh and the memory to remember to pick my camera bag up which I left outside the GOMA for an hour… luckily it was still there when I returned.
My memory is shocking.
So as I take my first steps into further Education – again, it is only just dawning on me that it is in a new place with new people – and possible new friends. But most of all, it is brand new challenges to not only my photography but how I see myself utilising it and how it will shape my ideal career in photography.
It is going to be a year where I stop strangers in the street who I think make great models simply by what they are wearing in “Street Fashion Photography”. Where I will attend sporting events, ceremonies and functions where I am asked to really evaluate not just my images, but my attitudes and approach to not only my work but those I work with, I work for and work alongside.
Yes HND seems a real challenge, and even 100% more pressure than HNC, but perhaps that is what my photography and even my life needs right now.
Exciting times are ahead.