Photograd Experience: Joanne Coates at Photo Scratch

LCC graduate Joanne Coates is a firm supporter of Photograd and we've caught up with her again to find out about her experience of speaking at Photo Scratch. We hope you find some inspiration from Joanne's write up!

From the series  We Live By Tha’ Water

From the series We Live By Tha’ Water

Introduction: I am Joanne Coates, a photographer born and raised in rural Yorkshire and working internationally. I am based in the North of England after completing a BA (Hons) Photography degree at LCC London in 2015. My interest lies more with a visual prose, an appreciation of rurality. I identify with the marginalised, the edges. I have a democratic and poetic approach to what can be termed as the medium of "photography". Inspired by everyday stories, landscape experiences and Northern Realism. 

From the series  We Live By Tha’ Water

From the series We Live By Tha’ Water

Experience: On Monday 24th April I took part in my first Photo Scratch. I had seen the event shared on social media. The night saw works-in-progress from several photographers, myself included exhibited across Hotel Elephant. Each project had a feedback box, attendees left feedback on the projects. Photo Scratch is a supportive evening for working photographers and bring with us our experience and understanding of the documentary photography and associated industries. Founded and ran by LCC Masters graduates Phil le Gal and Hanna-Katrina Jedrosz.

From the series  We Live By Tha’ Water

From the series We Live By Tha’ Water


As I live in a rural area, and spent much of time working in different areas around the UK, it can be difficult to actually talk to anyone about my work. I’ve been working on this series since March 2016 now and felt as though it was a good time to talk about it, discuss ideas, and get feedback. It’s important to see how people interact with your work. I found the experience was especially helpful. 

Work: We Live By Tha’ Water is a story. A story that toys with what we accept as real and what we accept as imagined. It is an exploration of a new life after a diagnosis of Bipolar disorder. A dark narrative that explores life on the edge lands of society. A complex visual culmination of personal anxieties and mental erosion. A drawn out fascination with power relations. It is a poetic and emotional response to the eerie elements that make up modern societies. Slowly as the story continues the boundaries begin to warp and fade. What is real and what is imagined start to blur. The island is used as a new place for the in-between. To question what is actually visible and what is known. A place between madness and sanity. Travelling to the edge of the world to explore my own subconscious.  As the Orcadian writer George McKay Brown wrote “The imagination is not an escape, but a return to the richness of our true selves, a return to reality."

From the series  We Live By Tha’ Water

From the series We Live By Tha’ Water

The work itself is taken in moments of mania or moments of depression. Photo scratch offered me the chance to start bringing in other elements of the work such as search warrants, diary entries that depict the story, and pieces that tell the story of a decline in mental health. I’ve always been interested in documentary photography, but wanted my personal work to be a documentary of the self. To challenge the ways in which work. There is more to come in the series that will explain the journey more, where the viewer begins to lose sight of what is true and what isn’t. Beginning to realise if that truth matters or not in such a personal depiction. 

Future: I will be working on the series for the next year. The work best suits a book format but again I am taking my time with this project. 

From the series  We Live By Tha’ Water

From the series We Live By Tha’ Water

Outcome: I would recommend Photo Scratch for working graduates. I think times are hard, and options are limited for those who can’t afford to do masters and that isn’t spoken about. The photography world seems to take it for granted that opportunities are equal and level, which they aren’t. Groups like Photo Scratch level that field supporting those who are taking risks and working in photography despite circumstances. There was a broad range of projects, no matter what level you are, you can always benefit from the advice of other minds. The night was really inclusive, and open. I love the idea of pop-up shows and happenings. My advice would be to apply to speak to Phil and Hanna.

If you would like to take part in a future Photo Scratch you can apply by emailing Phil or Hanna-Katrina

Photograd Experience: Scott Charlesworth at LAW Magazine

Falmouth University graduate, Scott Charlesworth, recently got in touch with Photograd to tell us all about his work experience in the industry since graduating. Scott interned at LAW Magazine and he's here to tell us his thoughts and recommendations. We hope you enjoy.

Scott Charlesworth. A Northern lad at heart but not by nature. A big fish in a one club town. I’m a romantic at heart and see life in details, not just as a bigger picture. The thought of conforming to your stereotypical working class life is something that both haunts and motivates me to produce work. I recall a summer job working in a kitchen joinery factory, a way of life for some friends of mine, and now use this to spur me on within my endeavours rather than admit defeat and fall into, what seemed to be, my destined industrial grave.

I studied photography both at college and university, graduating in 2016 from Falmouth’s BA Hons Photography course. I spent multiple evenings teaching myself photography via YouTube tutorials during my teenage years, enthralled by the technical side of the art form. 

Although Falmouth lacked practical teaching of photography, it did make me appreciate the contextual and historical importance of image making, persuading me to abandon lifestyle and the like-friendly imagery that pollutes modern day social media screens. 

I often found guest lectures at Falmouth disinteresting, lacklustre and void of relevance in relation to the work that I wanted to produce. Then LAW Magazine made an appearance; the theatre was full and there was a general buzz within the audience. They wore white socks with arctic camo, their words were humble and the work was honest. They reinforced everything that I had tried to argue with my tutors which was discarded as naivety and inexperience. Never had a publication or piece of work resided with what I felt I stood for and I was determined to be a part of it, whatever that was. 

LAW Magazine CV (click to enlarge)

Wanting to impress LAW in the same way that they had stunned me, I built my CV with only them in mind. John Holt, the Editor and overall top lad, was quick to accept my application and I began my internship immediately after completing my final year. My first week was spent delivering magazines across London and up keeping the close relationship that LAW has with its stockists. Although it may seem like a menial task, I was just happy to play a part in something that I truly believed in.

As the weeks passed I was slowly trusted with other tasks. My first assignment was to provide contextual references and styling for the much anticipated re-release of the Fila Trailblazer, drawing inspiration from the 90’s acid house scene in which they gained their initial notoriety. Seeing the process go from scribbles on paper to the final images (shot by Theo Cottle) was a surreal process and one, still to this day, that I feel honoured to be part of.

Fila Trailblazer shoot

Fila Trailblazer shoot


Following the success of this project, I was trusted with a string of opportunities ranging from hanging Sophie Green’s Dented Pride solo exhibition, photographing launch events and assisting on multiple occasions; most notably London Fashion Week Mens. 

LAW 9 Launch Image

LAW 9 Launch Image


What became apparent after spending several months at LAW Magazine was the sense of community within each person that associated themselves with the publication. Inspiration could be found in the simplest of conversations and contributors celebrated one another’s success rather than just their own. I had moved to London not knowing anybody and to feel accepted within such a tight-knit group of like-minded creatives filled me with a sense of belonging.

LAW 9 Rave Poster

LAW 9 Rave Poster

Before arriving at LAW I had set myself the goal to have at least one image published within the next issue. As a result of perseverance and willingness to lend a hand regardless of the task at hand, John and Joe Prince (the creative director) trusted me with shooting a major project as part of LAW 9. This collaboration with some of London’s biggest design studios focused on rave posters often found at roundabouts. When the images and my name finally made its way to print, I was astounded by what I had achieved in the time that had passed since LAW initially visited my university. Having the ability to say that I was part of a publication that I hold dear to my heart is my most humbling accomplishment to date and I cannot thank LAW enough. 

Me shooting Rave Posters

Me shooting Rave Posters

Following my seven-month placement, I have returned to The North West of England to pursue a Masters Degree in Marketing with aspirations of starting my own publication.

Photograd Experience: Paris Wood

We think it's really important for graduates or students to share their experiences within the photographic industry. Not only does it allow those interested to share their achievements and experiences, but we hope for it to encourage others. We've caught up with current UCA student Paris Wood, who has a lot to say about what she's achieved over the years. We really think everybody can get something from what she's written!

I’m currently a third year photography student at UCA, Farnham in Surrey. My work mainly focuses on documentary style photography, and I’m really intrigued by social classes, people and geographical locations. Some of my latest projects have included a study of my family home with 10 people living under one roof, and my most latest project studied the area I’m currently living in during term time in Farnham.

The area is a massive change from where I live back home in Norfolk, but I love it and don’t want to leave! Farnham isn’t too far to travel to London, so I wanted to make use of this connection to gain experience in the city.

A recent series about family

A recent series about family

During our second year, one of our units, Professional Futures, encouraged us to go out and get relevant work experience. Me, still not having a clue what I wanted to do in life, took this opportunity to get a short, months worth internship at a photo syndication agency in London - Lickerish Ltd. I found this opportunity through the AOP’s jobs shop.

Having had NO previous experience, not even a part time job, I was literally thrown in the deep end and had to help and push myself to get anywhere. I was in contact with Arlene at Lickerish and had a casual interview not long after my initial email. Lickerish is based on Riding House Street, London, and a small, friendly office with roughly 6 people working each day.

During my internship I was shown how Lickerish works. Most of my days were spend key wording, on Adobe Bridge, fashion week photographs from their photographers to be uploaded to the website. I was surprised by the detail needed to be included in each image to be uploaded, but this key for detail was something I really enjoyed, despite most calling it a tedious job! I ran a few errands, and helped out with scanning magazines in which our photographers images were in.

A recent series about family

A recent series about family

I also helped out with a few photo searches which came in via email when clients needed a specific photo. Lickerish also gave me the chance to meet one of their photographers - Holly Mcglynn - and help out on a shoot with her. Despite not particularly loving the idea of assisting a shoot, Holly was lovely to work with and I was super thankful for the opportunity to experience assisting.

Due to costs, I travelled into London 4 days a week for just over a month and was paid half of my travel money back. This routine was just what I needed and was my first break into the experience I really needed to get any further with my search for what I wanted to do in life!

Leading on from this, I found another opportunity through Twitter to work with Empowering Futures. Laura contacted me by phone later that day explaining what exactly Empowering Futures does, and got me involved immediately! Empowering Futures ‘conects entrepreneurs and university students to collaborate on specific projects.’ I went into London for a chat with Laura and an entrepreneur she matched me up with. Unfortunately this meeting wasn't a success, and i just wasn't the right candidate, with the entrepreneur realising he maybe needed more than a university students help. Despite this, is was a good experience meeting new people, and I ended up working with Laura to create some Infographics for her company. I also attended a Branding Workshop with Laura which was incredibly useful and is something that is open to all university students, studying any subject.

Having at least some kind of experience on my back, I went on to volunteering in an art gallery, the New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, which I’m currently involved with, and a great insight into the gallery world. I’ve also got myself involved with an online magazine The Urban Watch and blogger Haylie Rubery from Frock Me Im Famous.

At the gallery

At the gallery


Both of these opportunities are great, each in their own way. Laura at The Urban Watch Magazine met me for a coffee in London and we discussed what we both wanted to achieve. I wanted experience of running a start up magazine, and Laura wanted help with social media and creation of a media kit for the site. Frock Me Im Famous’ Haylie took me our for lunch in London and said she wanted some social media, Pinterest ‘pinning’ help and typography/graphic overlays on her images to upload to the blog and use on Pinterest. Both these opportunities are on going and I complete remotely which keeps costs of travelling down.

For the time being, I shall continue with my current opportunities, and I'm still on the look out for other things I can get involved with. I’ve also just co-founded a new, online photography magazine - Untitled Collective which showcases the work of aspiring photographic artists and aims to connect, support and collaborate with other artists. Untitled Collective is always open to photographic or written submissions!

At the gallery

At the gallery

I said at one point I wanted to go on to compete an MA, but I just cant see this happening. At the minute, I just love meeting new people, getting involved with different projects and companies, and just want to get myself out there! I’ve loved my time studying photography at university, and it’s given me the confidence in the art side of things to go out and find what I want to do. When I’ve graduated, I hope to continue with the online photography magazine - Untitled Collective; get myself involved with more opportunities and internships, and hopefully soon, find what I really want to be doing!

My main advice would be to not worry too much about what you want to do in life. I’ve never had a clue what I wanted to do, and choosing photography as my BA degree was out of not knowing what else to do! My parents told me that I should take the opportunity to go to university for the experience, and I can say it has built me up as a person incredible amounts. I have no clue what I’d be doing with my life if I hadn't gone! During holiday breaks, take the opportunity to get in touch with people you know, or have industry contacts to get yourself relevant experience as it's so incredibly important these days. Even if it's something short and simple, to say you have pushed yourself to take on opportunities is something that will push you further and further!

In terms of things I find really useful - I subscribe to SO MANY email subscriptions, and not just related to photography! Any company you like, subscribe to them - you never know what opportunities may arise! I highly recommend Twitter, Diary Directory, The AOP and Fashion Workie for finding relatable opportunities.

Photograd Experience: Joanne Coates

Previously featured Photograd, Joanne Coates, has told us about her inspiring and ambitious talk at this years Love Arts Festival in Leeds. We're pleased to share with you her thoughts upon this fantastic experience and hope that it can encourage graduates alike.

From the series  Liznojan

From the series Liznojan


Love Arts is a yearly festival held in Leeds combining the secular worlds of Art and Mental Health which takes place every October. I often find that work that comments, even in the vaguest of terms, on Mental Health is instantly adhered to the pile of the ‘Other’. Having heard and been to previous events at the festival I really wanted to part of the celebration. The festival aims to get people talking about mental health by sharing creativity. I feel people gravitate towards London to have their shows, but I’m really interested in opposing movements and what these can create. Public art works seem to fail for both artists and the public so often, I’m really interested in spaces that challenge the status qou.

From the series   Liznojan

From the series Liznojan


‘One does not get lost but loses oneself’ was an exhibition of my body of work Liznojan addressing stigmas, talking about how the work is almost secondary to the practice of wandering. The actual photography is just a tool, to capture the experience of the wandering and bodily connection to nature. The more I get immersed in the act of experience I challenge and think about what exactly photography is today. 


Wharf Chambers is a venue in the heart of Leeds, it’s a community, a setting for gigs, a bit lefty and exactly the kind of laid back atmosphere I personally appreciate. The space was challenging as it is used for other events regularly. I didn’t want it be a jarring experience but more complimentary to the events. I used one of the walls as people first come in the space. Wharf Chambers were really relaxed and let me use the space how I wanted exactly which was a huge relief, so thank you to them! The actual texture, materiality, and layering complimented the tiled wall massively so I was really happy with the results. The space has very DIY anti-white cube ethos so again, fitted really well with the experience I want people to have with the works. A key point about my work is that it is democratic so it just feels a little hypocritical to make it closed off by using an inaccessible space. 

Images from the series   Liznojan

Images from the series Liznojan

The Work

An accompanying artist talk took place at the space. A varied audience came of musicians, poets, spoken word artists, photographers, students, chemists, businessmen and painters, that really excited me. I cannot express enough the importance to me of cross collaboration, not only in the arts but much broader than that. It’s one of the things I feel is completely wrong with photography; its lack of ability to see beyond itself holds the medium back in so many ways. To have this event where it was possible to hold conversations was one of my biggest achievements to date. The talk also enabled people to discuss the work and for me to think in new ways. Cross collaboration is such a great tool for our self worth, and for a bigger perspective on the world. How is it that we can even contemplate to make a comment when we only speak to those within our industry and thus remain very insular. 

From the series   Liznojan

From the series Liznojan


I am what can best be stated as a shy and private person. So this talk was a bench mark, I had made this body of work Liznojan and was hiding something about it for so long. Whenever I spoke about it, I would be really opaque. It came to the point where a festival such as this really helped me to be able to speak about the meaning of my work. I touched on it briefly in, Exclusive!, the Leica Blog. To stand up and say words I hadn’t expressed before was important, I feel the we are constantly losing touch with the experience of bodily learning and am fascinated by photography's ability or lack there of, to provide the audience a connection to place. My work looks at that unnerving place that is provided through experience with mental heath problems and anxiety, see there I said it, it’s really not so hard to express. I’m really inspired by literary successes that have touched me; such as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Dosteovesky, the ability to allow others a direct engagement and experience in a almost poetic visual manner is something I strive for. Empathy, tragedy and a sensual exploration of landscape are all vital components. 

Liznojan  Installation image

Liznojan Installation image


I spoke for 50 minutes which was a real challenge. The talk was about a personal experience with photography and mental health. It was really nerve wracking putting yourself out there on the line. Everyone was so positive and understood what I was saying. The questions I got were really productive and made me think in different ways. In fact, from the talk one of the attendees was a spoken word artist and poet, Hannah Batley. From our conversations that night we are going to make a collaborative piece of work challenging the limitation of our separate mediums. The talk was highlighted by the Made in Leeds team on the news that day, which again I think is a way I hadn’t thought about reaching different audiences before. 

From the series   Liznojan

From the series Liznojan


Public speaking for me, is a huge fear so to be asked to do a second talk at Love Arts Conversation conference was invigorating, but I was slightly daunted by the one hundred people which is the biggest audience I’ve spoken to. I did have a rabbit in headlights moment, but facing my fears and challenging myself is important to me.

A huge thank you to Linda, Tom and the rest of the team at Love Art Leeds Festival 2016 for inviting me to help open the conversation. I hope that other graduates can also learn that just because you aren’t necessarily great at something doesn’t mean you can’t do it. Talk to people, get support. Because of Photograd I have a great support network with Jason Carden and Christopher Mear, who actually travelled miles to come along to the talk. Bounce ideas off these people and don't be afraid to admit what your fears are. 

This is an incredibly personal project that has taken place over four of the most difficult years of my life. The opportunity to discuss issues around art and mental health was vitally important to me. There is still a huge stigma attached around mental health. The world I encounter through these walks is overwhelmingly harsh and breathtakingly beautiful, I use photography as a tool to visualise my bodily connection to the land. It’s a subtle reminder, that something deeper can come from the landscape, a deeper understanding of who we are and where we come from.

Photograd Experience: James Dobson

University of Brighton photography graduate and soon to be featured Photograd, James Dobson, has written a piece for the Photograd blog about the group exhibition he was recently a part of at the Brighton Photo Fringe entitled, Lie of the Land. Continue reading to find out more about this group of graduates that have remained connected post university. 

Lie of the Land  installation shot

Lie of the Land installation shot


We are four photographers James Dobson, Rachel Maloney, Annalaura Palma and Noora Pelkonen, who met four years ago on the MA Photography course at the University of Brighton, graduating in 2014 and 2015.

Since beginning our studies together we have had an ongoing dialogue, all being interested in different aspects of landscape and place. After we graduated we stayed in touch and continued our conversation beyond University and eventually decided to make a collaborative exhibition when BPF was on the horizon. The exhibition is called Lie of the Land and it is about the ways in which the past, the unperceived and the forgotten fold themselves into our current experience and reading of landscape.

Image from the series  Karelia  by Noora Pelkonen

Image from the series Karelia by Noora Pelkonen

Image from the series  The Forest  by Rachel Maloney

Image from the series The Forest by Rachel Maloney


We were all at a stage where we felt ready to show our work, be that a different manifestation of older, ongoing work or completely new work and BPF seemed a good opportunity to do this. As a platform it gives you a framework within which your exhibition can be made visible - there are more people engaging with photography and potential visitors in Brighton during the Biennial/Fringe month and you are given support by the fringe in terms of promotion.

We knew that we wanted to show our work in a neutral space (which are quite hard to find in Brighton) such as a gallery, as we wanted full attention from the visitors, so we looked for a suitable space in Brighton and booked it early in 2016. As the gallery is limited in space, the challenge was to make sure that each work had its own breathing space but also make sure that the visitor could enjoy the journey, however small, through the exhibition– so the connections between works was very important. We were limited in the amount of pictures we could hang so we started to think of the exhibition as a collaborative development of an idea, rather than a chance for each of us to have our own individual exhibition. Smaller, low-budget shows often work better with this approach, and I think we all enjoyed discovering new aspects about our work and making new associations between pictures during the curation process. 

Lie of the Land   installation shot: images form the series  Churches  by James Dobson

Lie of the Land installation shot: images form the series Churches by James Dobson

Image form the series   Churches     by James Dobson

Image form the series Churches by James Dobson

In terms of promotion, BPF produce a newsprint brochure with a map and website to navigate the exhibitions, so we decided to not make any flyers but instead built an internet presence via twitter, which you can find here @Lie_of_the_land.

Experience and reflection

The exhibition has had a positive response from visitors. For us it was very good to have a space to see how our new work operated in a gallery context and also to be able to open up dialogues and new relationships. When you’re in this kind of festival environment it is good to be involved in every aspect of making an exhibition – so invigilating, which can sometimes be tedious, was actually at times very rewarding, giving us the opportunity to be surrounded by our work and think about photography. Exhibitions can be great spaces for the development of ideas, in a different way to being out in the world.

Image from the series  Virginia Woolf: Virginia’s path  by Annalaura Palma

Image from the series Virginia Woolf: Virginia’s path by Annalaura Palma


In regards to advice, look at festivals like BPF that not only support the promotion of your work to a wider audience but give opportunities for photographers to submit their work for exhibitions and prizes; BPF has the Danny Wilson Memorial Prize, the Open Solo Show, the group show at the Regency Town House and also the Collectives Hub. 


Photograd Experience: Christina Stohn

We caught up with launch Photograd Christina Stohn to find out more about the group exhibition she was a part of at Net Photo Festival in South Korea, along with her peer, Avani Tanya, and their professor Peter Bialobrzeski from the University of the Arts Bremen. Take a look at Christina's write up below to find out how she got the opportunity to exhibit during the festival and what's the key to a stress free experience...

Exhibition Catalogue

Exhibition Catalogue


In 2014 I graduated with a BA in photography from the University of Westminster in London. I am currently studying for an MA in Integrated Design at the University of the Arts in Bremen, Germany. My focus lies on constructed documentary photography and I usually work in series. I have developed a particular interest in the practice and process of book making. 

The exhibition

The Net Photo Festival, as part of the Daegu Photo Biennale, brought together thirteen universities from Asia, North America and Europe in the first week of October. This collaboration aimed at exchanging work and ideas through exhibitions, seminars and talks. Selected works by international students were showcased in different galleries on the Bongsan Culture Street in Daegu.

The group show of the University of the Arts Bremen was exhibited at a contemporary gallery space called the Dong-Won Gallery. Our professor of photography Peter Bialobrzeski as well as my fellow student Avani Tanya and myself were on location. 

Net Photo Festival in South Korea

Net Photo Festival in South Korea


In June, Peter Bialobrzeski was invited as a curator by the Net Photo Festival team. Nine photographers from the Masters studio “Culture and Identity” were selected to showcase photographic work from our project The White City that we created in Belgrade in April earlier this year.

Based on the gallery’s dimensions, we chose works in conversation with our professor and created a floor plan. We re-arranged the display slightly, on site, adjusting to the space. 

Installation shot at the  Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu.

Installation shot at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu.

From the series  Pros and Cons  by Stefanie Preuin

From the series Pros and Cons by Stefanie Preuin

Experience overview and reflection

I have gained valuable insight through this group show; having everything planned out beforehand is the key to an almost stress-free experience.

The Net Photo Festival was a great opportunity to share knowledge and get informed feedback, which has been overwhelmingly positive. It proved to be a unique chance to get to know professors, students and photography programmes from around the globe. 

From the series  The rumours are true  by Christina Stohn, on show at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu. 

From the series The rumours are true by Christina Stohn, on show at the Dong-Won Gallery, Daegu. 

Final thoughts

I would like to thank Prof. Yong-Hwan Lee from Chung-Ang University and his team for the superb organisation of the event and their kind hospitality, Prof. Peter Bialobrzeski for making this trip happen and all his help throughout, as well as Dr. Marla Stukenberg, director of the Goethe Institut Korea, for supporting us. Last but not least all the amazing people I met during my time in Korea. 

Take a look at the 2016 Net Photo Festival Facebook page for more installation images.

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



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



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



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 & Event Report: Phoebe Kiely at Brighton Photo Fringe


My name is Phoebe Kiely. I studied photography at Manchester School of Art and graduated in 2015. For many reasons I have remained based in Manchester. 

From the series  They Were My Landscape

From the series They Were My Landscape


The Event

Brighton Photo Fringe was established in 2003. The Fringe aims to nurture new talent and to give a platform for collaborations. 

This was the first time I had ever seen the Fringe. I've got a lot of memories in Brighton, it was great to revisit the city knowing that my work was being showcased there. 

Over this month there are many events, everything is so close to the city centre. 

Above images from the series They Were My Landscape


The Exhibition

I went to a few of the exhibition spaces on the map and stumbled across others. Some were on the sea front, others in gallery spaces and one outside the library.

The shortlisted artists had a print each in front of St Peter's Church. There was also a projection of the eight images we each submitted at Phoenix Brighton.

For this competition I created an edit which I had never showcased before, I believe most of the images I included had not been seen before online or otherwise. I was conscious that this was risky, not knowing what people would think of the images and how they worked as a series. The project I submitted is titled They Were My Landscape, it's an archive of sorts. Due to the volume of work and the concept behind it, the series consists of many different edits. As the work grows and develops I create different combinations of images. 

Installation shot of    They Were My Landscape  at BPF

Installation shot of They Were My Landscape at BPF


All of the images I selected were quite new. I find it difficult separating emotional attachment from new images. Usually time fizzles out this connection and I am able to look at the work more objectively. However, this was the series I wished to submit, so I took the risk on the new photographs. I combined street photographs with more intimate images in to a series of eight.


Earlier this year I exhibited at Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool alongside Peter Watkins, the 2014 Solo winner. I saw a link asking for submissions, highlighting Peter's work which I recognised immediately. I followed the links and it requested me to apply through the LensCulture website

From the series   They Were My Landscape

From the series They Were My Landscape


Over the last few months, I have really concentrated on submitting to open call competitions. I always look at the judges to see who is making the decision on the submissions. I literally do this to briefly look at the names and possibly what the judges are working on. But you can never really mould your submission to what they want to see I don't think. The work you make is personal and writing about it with that in mind and editing what you think is your most honest edit is the best way to go forward. If this fails at least you'll always know that you gave a really pure submission.  


I would encourage photographers to keep an eye on this biennial event, specifically for the submission window for the solo show. It's priceless having your work seen by jurors like the ones at Brighton Photo Fringe. There are so many other opportunities here to show work. 

From the series   They Were My Landscape

From the series They Were My Landscape


Final Thoughts

It's great seeing the work up, especially in print. When I see my work in shows I am reminded of the temporariness of it all. 

In my practice I strive to make darkroom prints. Making permanent objects is where I get my buzz. This show has reminded me that I need to create something that lasts, I need to make a book.  

Future Photograd: Hollie Crawshaw

University of Gloucestershire photography graduate Hollie Crawshaw will be exhibiting her work as part of The Big Apple Harvestime Weekend in Herefordshire during the 8th - 9th October.

Specialising in agricultural photography, Hollie will be presenting her work in an appropriate barn setting in Awnells Farm, complete with traditional historic feature, such as old farming machinery, alongside fruit crates, boxes and hay bales. These items will be remaining in place during the exhibition, keeping it an authentic and relevant place to show her work. Hollie will be exhibiting work from various projects, including her Dairy Farming and Female Farmers projects. Find out more about the other events taking place at the festival over on their website. 

Hollie has also agreed to shed some light on her experience of exhibiting in this unique setting on the Photograd blog! In the meantime, check out Hollie's Twitter and Instagram for further updates relating to the exhibition. Hollie has informed us that she'll be documenting the duration of the event, from installing the exhibition to the weekends events, over on her Instagram at @HollieC_Photo.

Future Photograd: Joanne Coates

Launch Photograd Joanne Coates will be exhibiting her project Liznojan at this years Love Arts Leeds festival! Joanne told us that the exhibition will look at how "walking as part of a photographic practice is a meditative healing process". The launch of the exhibition will take place on Wednesday 5th October at Wharf Chambers, 23-25 Wharf Street, Leeds; the work will remain on show until the 20th October. 

Images from the series Liznojan

A sense of Place, Liznojan Exhibition. A exploration of mental health in our society through photography. “In Walter Benjamin’s terms, “to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.” ‘One does not get lost but loses oneself.’ Accompanying the exhibition an artist talk by Joanne Coates about the series Liznojan where the audience is invited to a relaxed environment in Wharf Cambers (Cooperative Club) where everyone will have the opportunity to discuss issues around Art and Mental Illness. 

Visit the Eventbrite page to register your interest in Joanne's talk, One does not get lost but loses oneself, on Wednesday 12th October, at 6:30 - 8:00pm. Please note; Wharf Chambers is a members’ club and you need to be member, or a guest of a member, in order to attend. To join, please visit

Joanne will also be discussing her work at the event Love Arts Conversation at Leeds Beckett University on the 19th October.

Love Arts Leeds is a celebration of creativity and mental well-being which takes place every October in Leeds. The festival aims to get people talking about mental health by sharing creativity. They feature exhibitions, gigs, performances, workshops, talks, debates, discussions and more. The festival is run by the Arts & Minds team.

Joanne will be writing up her experience of exhibiting during the festival plus her artist talk, so keep your eyes on our blog! In the meantime, find out more about Joanne's project Liznojan in her Photograd Feature

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!

Event Report: 'Bloom', Vortigern Gallery, Margate.

The Photograd Event Reporter blog series continues with 2016 Photography graduate, Emma Sage. We found her work at Free Range, featured her image and review via our dedicated Spotlight, and she's now part of a collective exhibition based in Margate. This post is written from Emma's perspective so carry on reading to find out more about herself and her exhibition experience.

Bloom  poster, image from the series  Homeland  by  Scott Thomas .

Bloom poster, image from the series Homeland by Scott Thomas.

Just a brief bit about me, I’ll keep it short and sweet and get to the interesting part, the photography of course!

I’m Emma Sage, a graduate from the BA (hons) Photography course at Middlesex University. My personal practise tends to concern the landscape and environments (check it out here if you like:, but where looking at or researching photography is concerned, I’m not into sticking to one genre!

So I’m going to just let you all know about Bloom, an exhibition for recent Middlesex Photography Graduates running at the Vortigern gallery in Margate, it’s a rather sweet little place, pretty close to the sea front, so you can enjoy some great work and then go for a paddle after!

The work rotates each week, our tutor, Mark McEvoy, has been curating the show. There is selected work (i.e. a chosen piece from a students Final Major Project) and one ‘feature’ wall, which includes a larger selection of work from a chosen students series. So there’s a fresh mix of varied work every week, which keeps it exciting!

As I have mentioned, the space is fairly small, but there’s also a rather interesting selection of photography books, everything from more local photographers to biggies like Martin Parr and Rinko Kawauchi, so it’s varied and there’s something for everybody. There’s also a collection of postcards, prints and magazines to buy.

Below are a few photos to give a better idea of what we’ve been getting up to.

^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.  This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

^Left to right: Devon Hampshire, Domante Kantauskaitė, Zowwi Ranford, & Wai Lap Mok.

This was week one, a lovely mix of varied work.

^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

^Left to Right: Joe Brayford, Michal Wrona & Marta Liley-Gray.

^My own work from the series  Aethon .

^My own work from the series Aethon.


The feature wall has been pretty varied, Wai Lap Mok kicked things off for week one. We get to do our own thing (within reason). I decided to write on the wall, which was fun! In the upcoming weeks Kaya Murray and Erika Krapavickaitė will have their work on the feature wall so check it out!

^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

^And just in case you need more persuading to come and give Margate and the Vortigern a visit, there’s one of Margate’s famous ‘Turner Skies’!

<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

<^ The selection of books and postcards available at the gallery.

Gallery Opening Times:
Mon: Closed
Tues 2:30pm-5:30pm
Wed 11am - 5pm
Thurs 11am - 5pm
Fri 11am - 5pm
Sat 11am - 5pm
Sun 12pm - 5pm

NOTE: not open 6th - 7th August

Facebook: Vortigern Margate

Find out how to be an Event Reporter for Photograd here.

Photograd Experience: Katie McAtackney

We recently spoke to Katie McAtackney, a 2016 photography graduate from Norwich University of the Arts about a commission she undertook. This new series on our blog shares graduates unique experiences within the industry and our second feature is Katie and her photo shoot at The Seasons at Lassco in London.

I studied BA (Hons) Photography at Norwich University of the Arts, and graduated in 2016.

The commission was to be the photographer for the event: The Seasons at Lassco.

The Season at Lasso is a four part series of workshops, dinners which is curated by Lasso Ropewalk and Lucy Franks, that celebrate each season by collecting together various of artists, musicians, and chefs in the unique setting of the Maltby Street arches in Bermondsey, London. In this event I had the pleasure of photographing the first event of the seasons, Spring. 

Luckily, Lucy (the curator of The Seasons of Lasso) found me via Instagram. She immediately sent out an email to me asking if I could photograph the event, as my style was exactly what she was looking for. I was just surprised she asked me! Thankfully, I had past experience with photographing these types of events in the same aesthetic style.

I used a canon 5D Mark iii with a 24-105mm lens to make the images and I was on location all day from 10am till midnight! It was exhausting, but well worth it. 

One vital thing I learnt from this whole process is probably to keep it professional. I learnt how to socialise with the people at the event but still be in control of what I was working on. I’ve also learnt how to keep my style coherent; I look for subjects, light, shape and form that will keep the set of final images relevant.

The images I made are now being used on The Seasons of Lasso’s website and Instagram to advertise and to promote future events, the next one is in the Summer.

My future plans are to keep on going, and carry on taking photographs! (Never give up!) 

Katie will also be a part of our Free Range Spotlight so check back on Friday to see more of her personal work!