Catch-Up Feature: Chloe Alice Hayes travels South America

Throughout the last few months of 2016, Arts University Bournemouth graduate Chloe Alice Hayes travelled South America and took over the Photograd Instagram every weekend. We caught up with her in a previous blog post where she informed us of her plans and Chloe has since recapped her journey and selected some of her favourite images.


As a person who has never travelled outside Europe before and even then the longest was a 3 week holiday in France bashing down walls and painting rooms, I strangely found it much easier, much less frightening and much more similar to the familiar than I had first expected. I travelled to Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina and almost everyone I have spoken to, both there and back home have said ‘wow you’re brave’. I however, really don’t think I am, I think naïve is more the correct terminology. Coming from a little village I am pretty trustworthy and of the mindset that everyone is a nice person and ‘why would anybody do a thing like that?’ Yes I was a bit scared going to South America; as my first time travelling, as a woman, on my own, thinking I was going to get involved in drug gangs or get kidnapped in La Paz but it really truly isn’t like that and if I can do it, anyone can.

I did so many amazing things it is hard to mention just one. I think the most incredible journey and sense of achievement I experienced was doing the Inca Trail in Peru. Four days of astounding views, awesome people and amazing experiences was something definitely once in a lifetime and unforgettable, I would advise anyone to do it if they can. However the most magnificent, out of this world thing I saw was the Uyuni Salt Flats. We managed to squeeze so many things into three days; geysers, lagoons, the best sunset I have ever seen and of course the salt flats themselves. It was like driving around on another planet in our Jeeps, crossing huge expanses of nothingness. All of the countries are so different you aren't able to compare or say which place is the best. The Glacier in Patagonia, the Iguazu Falls in Brazil and Argentina, the WINE in Mendoza, all ‘The Best’ ‘Most Favourite’ parts of my travels. 

With regards to photography I found myself shooting anything and everything, I just wanted to absorb and capture as much as I possibly could before it ended. I have always had a sneaky love for photographing shop fronts and windows, and I definitely took every opportunity I saw in that respect. There were some fascinating shop fronts with great, vibrant paintwork that caught my eye, many in the same street. It is again, really difficult to choose favourite images as there are so many but there are a few I've included with this post that have stood out to me. 

 
 

This is one of the first images I took actually, it was on the third day of the Inca Trail and we had stopped and a dangerous part where the rock was wet and slippery. As we waited for the people in front to slowly descend down, I realised we were stood where a river/waterfall would flow downwards when the rainy season came. It was like a vertical riverbed, I followed it down to see a mysterious, otherworldly view that I could not resist risking my life for (literally) so I whipped my phone out and snapped before we moved on.

 
 

The second was when I was back in Lima. I wanted to feel as if I had seen a bit more of the place than the tourist spots so I spent a lot of time walking around the residential streets, becoming a flaneur, although I was snapping a lot and actually, this is where most of my favourite images come from, this particular composition caught my eye. The bright pink of the paint and the little yellow poker of the flower coming right through the middle really talked to me. I actually walked past it initially, then had to turn back because I knew I would regret it if I didn’t. 

 
 

The third one I have chosen is from the Isla del Sol, Bolivia. In almost every government office or boarder control there was an image of the president which really cracked me up. The style in which they were all shot was so old-fashioned and it really made me laugh that they were usually printed on really cheap poster paper. As soon as I stepped into the office I had to whip my phone out before the guy moved. The colours and placement of frames on the wall was perfect.

An Extended Instagram Takeover: Chloe Alice Hayes in South America

Photograd featured photographer, Chloe Alice Hayes, is currently travelling South America and has committed to an extended Instagram takeover! Until she comes back to the UK in December, Chloe will be sharing her journey every weekend through the Photograd Instagram account. We're really excited to follow the final leg of her journey.

We recently caught up with Chloe when she told us all about her travels. We'll let her introduce herself...

 
Inca Trail Day 3, Cloud Forest    - Instagram image from Chloe's trip

Inca Trail Day 3, Cloud Forest - Instagram image from Chloe's trip

 

Hola chicos! Chloe Alice Hayes ready to feature my work from the far flung land of South America where I am currently travelling for the next few months. Photographer and artist, I studied an Art and Design Foundation and BA (Hons) Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth and loved every second of both. I have spent the last few years as Artist in Residence at The Purcell School where I taught art and photography, worked in the boarding house and made my own work such as documenting The Purcell School that researched into the history of the 5 locations that the school has been situated, Day, focuses on the movement of natural light within the buildings and The Lead studied actors the moment before they go on stage, inspired by watching the pupils before they began a concert or recital. 

Image from the series  Day , 2016

Image from the series Day, 2016

Conway Hall, The Purcell School , 2015

Conway Hall, The Purcell School, 2015

During these two years I managed to save up to travel South America, I have always wanted to do this but never had the time or the money, as so many of us don't. As this was a natural end to the job and I was able to save, I took it as the perfect opportunity to explore before getting bogged down into a permanent job, buying a house and all the other things that we are 'expected' to be doing quite soon although, now I am here, I feel I may have caught the bug and won't be settling down for a while!

 
Magdalena, Lima - Instagram image from Chloe's trip

Magdalena, Lima - Instagram image from Chloe's trip

 

During my adventure I am visiting Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina travelling through desert, rainforest and cities along the way. So far I have seen many amazing wonders including a homestay on Lake Titicaca and the Floating Islands of Uros, the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, the Amazon Rainforest, the Nasca Lines and The Cañon del Colca with loads of other incredible stuff thrown in as well. My next stop, Cusco AGAIN, it was any arty persons dream.

 
Grace Chilton, Verge, The Lead,  2016

Grace Chilton, Verge, The Lead, 2016

 

Unconstrained by the limits of genre and fascinated by the processes of film photography, the work is always informed from a need to learn. The research is an essential step and the diverse range of final pieces and titles are always drawn from theoretical notions. The exploration of unconventional techniques are applied to produce peculiar and unique images. The discovery of both the iPhone and Instagram have been a vital tool in creating and sharing my visual travel diary.'

Find out more about Chloe via her website and see more of her trip via her Instagram account.

Photograd Experience: Caitlin Chescoe

As promised, we caught up with Caitlin Chescoe after the launch of her exhibition Kings House: In Transition at Brighton Photo Fringe! Read on to find out what Caitlin has learned from the exhibition, how she got the commission (hint - it involves Photograd!), and what advice she has to give on exhibiting post university...

 
Image from the series  Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Introduction

My name is Caitlin Chescoe and I am a social documentary and portrait photographer and freelance photo assistant who lives and works in London. I graduated from The Arts University Bournemouth with a BA (Hons) in Photography last year in 2015.

The Exhibition

The Brighton Photo Fringe festival is a registered charity that gives the opportunity to over 100 different lens based, up and coming artists to exhibit their work from the 1st - 30th October. My series is currently on show at Kings House Thurs–Fri 12:00–18:30 Sat–Sun 11:00–18:30 alongside many other artists.

 
Image from the series   Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 
 
Image from the series   Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Planning

My exhibition Kings House: In Transition is a new piece of work that Brighton Photo Fringe commissioned me to do alongside three trainee curators; Sarah French, Jamila Prowse and Ruby Rees Sheridan who contacted me after viewing some of my work on the Photograd website. They sent me their concept, which suited me down to the ground, so I accepted. Fortunately the organisers and the curators of The Fringe had already organised a space for the project to be exhibited in and we were given free reign to do whatever we wished with it.

We were very lucky and managed to get access to Kings House straight away as the people who worked there were very enthusiastic about the project. Myself and the curators went around the building into different departments to speak to individuals about their experiences of working there and then I would photograph the individual. For me it was a chance to put into practice different tips and tricks I have been learning from assisting regarding subjects and clients. 

We only had a few days to confirm the edit so that I could start the post production process. The series went back and forth between myself and the curators a few times but we managed to make a final decision quite quickly that ended up being within budget.

 
Image from the series   Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Some of the lessons that I have learnt from putting on a show at university are to expect things to go wrong and therefore give yourself enough time to rectify this if it happens. We were really lucky and things from the start ran pretty smoothly, amazingly! The only thing that went slightly wrong was the selected printers we were originally printing with told us their turn around time would be a week and when the time came, it was in fact two weeks, which would mean we would not meet the opening date of the festival. We ended up printing at The Printspace whose turn around time is two days and this meant we were able to test print. We also made sure there were extra options print wise for install because when you are actually in a space, everything can change.

The Fringe is in its seventh year now so we were really lucky as most of the promotion for the show had been done for us as it is very well known. The exhibition is online on the Fringe’s website and is also in a printed format. The footfall on the opening evening was great which is why taking part in group exhibitions is so exciting!

 
Image from the series   Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Advice

My advice to other graduates is as soon as you have left university to start showing some of your work online so that you gain exposure. I know people who have been assisting for years but still have not got round to making their websites and that is what is going to make you stand out among the others, there is so much competition. I am so glad I designed my website before I left as I had so many other things to be getting on with, mainly financially, after leaving university that it just gets put on hold.

 
Image from the series   Kings House: In Transition

Image from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Final thoughts

It has been great to be given the opportunity to make work again and I really hope that this leads to more commissions. It has been lovely to hear all of the positive feedback from people around me about my images and work ethic. Thank you so much to the trainee curators who put on the exhibition. They have been so organised throughout, have been there to sort out any problems at the click of a finger and really positive about the project. Also thank you to the event organisers for giving me the opportunity to make some new work and also for supporting me from beginning to end. The festival is an amazing event and I hope to be part of it again in the near future!

Photograd Experience: Holly Hennessy - MA Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth

We recently caught up with launch Photograd Holly Hennessy who went on to complete an MA in Fine Art after her degree in Photography. We really wanted to find out more and share her thoughts and final work with you!

Introduction: I’m Holly Hennessy and I recently completed my MA in Fine Art at Arts University Bournemouth. My work is predominantly moving image and often arises from visual observations. My films interweave documentary and fictional elements and often show the relationships developed between the subjects and myself. My work can often be uncomfortable to watch. It can sometimes force the audience to stare directly at people who are seemingly staring right back at them, which is something that we as people often don’t do.

From the series   Face Off

From the series Face Off

Experience: I continued my studies immediately after I had completed my BA. I studied my BA in Photography at Arts University Bournemouth and felt as though my work wasn’t resolved. I wanted to continue studying and carry on making work. I chose to study Fine Art as I always considered my work closer to art than to photography; this also allowed me to be less limited when making work.

My MA was much more self motivated than my BA, which I massively struggled with at first. It was such a different style of studying, as I had to get on with it myself and motivate myself at every stage. In the end I loved it. The 3 modules were each 15 weeks long meaning I had such a long time to work on each project. The work never needed to be resolved which was an element I enjoyed as the work could always continue. I was encouraged from the start to constantly ask myself questions about the work being made. Why am I doing it? What is the intention of the work? What is the reason for a particular edit?

From the series   Face Off

From the series Face Off

Work and Outcome: My MA final piece, Face Off, was something that I had wanted to do for a long time. I read a quote years ago about how police helmets were psychologically designed to cover the eyebrows, as the eyebrows are the most expressive part of the face.  They indicate a lot of emotion and they have to be covered in order for the police to appear more authoritative. I wanted to make a moving image piece though didn’t know how to approach the police to get them involved. Luckily throughout my MA I worked at a police social club and approached some officers and they were so willing to help me. The audience are encouraged to stare at police officers, something that we never normally do. Gillian Wearing’s 60 Minute Silence influenced this piece as well as a lot of scientific research about facial expressions. I want to continue working with this project, as I think there is lots more to explore. 

From the series   Face Off

From the series Face Off

Artist Statement:

Face Off is a video installation representing the iconic and symbolic nature of the Police uniform. Designed specifically to evoke power and authority, the uniform is psychologically intended to appear authoritative and to have a profound psychological impact on those who view it.

The male Police officers were each recorded in their uniform for one minute in a private social environment. As the camera lens interrogates them, their power and authority increasingly becomes ruptured creating unease and vulnerability. The work evokes historic references from the mug shot to Warhol's Screen Tests. The subjects wear different uniforms, one formal and one casual. The work is not intended as a critique or deconstruction of the Police but represents the veneer of authority the uniform shows and how the lens is able to penetrate it. 

From the series  Face Off

From the series Face Off

Future: At the moment I am currently looking for jobs in London. I am also in the very early stages of a new project, which I am really excited to begin. Lecturing is definitely something that I would like to pursue in the future. Over the year there were so many occasions where I was close to leaving my MA, as I didn’t think that I was ready and I was completing it too soon. I am so glad that I did it and I was really pleased with the final work.

Find out more about Holly's work via her website and Vimeo channel.

Future Photograd: Caitlin Chescoe

 

Images from the series Kings House: In Transition

 

Launch Photograd Caitlin Chescoe will be a part of this years Brighton Photo Fringe! Commissioned for new site-specific work to be made and organised by Brighton Photo Fringe’s three emerging curators Sarah French, Ruby Rees-Sheridan and Jamila Prowse, the launch of the exhibition will take place this Saturday (1st October) at the King's House, Grand Avenue, Hove. 

Caitlin has provided us with a short introduction of the project to give you something to get excited about!

"As the offices of Brighton and Hove City Council since 1996, activity inside Kings House has shaped the face of the city. The imminent sale of the building and relocation of the Council offices has received much local press coverage, but less attention has been paid to the social histories of the site. Kings House: In Transition celebrates the people and stories that have shaped the life of the building by inviting members of staff to share their experiences. The exhibition features portraits and oral histories collected as the Council staff begin the process of relocating."

Caitlin was selected for this commission due to the "strength of her graduate work as a social documentary photographer", as stated on the BPF's press release. 

BPF’s trainee curatorial programme provides opportunities for early career practitioners, offering invaluable hands-on experience in the development and realisation of a photography exhibition. The show responds more widely to BPF16’s theme of Experiments in the Common.

As well as the exhibition, Caitlin will also be involved in an event at Kings House: Caitlin Chescoe and Cat Fletcher in Conversation with BPF16 Emerging Curators on the 8th October at 3 o'clock. The talk will explore King's House as a transitional space, discussing the many journeys that have occurred throughout the building. 

Brighton Photo Fringe is a month long photography festival taking place throughout Brighton, which provides opportunities for emerging photographers, moving image artists and curators. The festival utilises venues across the city, presenting innovative approaches to art display. 

We'll be catching up with Caitlin again soon to find out how she gets on with each event, which we're very much looking forward to!