Elissa Barclay

Elissa Barclay, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts

Photography BA(Hons)

What work are you exhibiting in the Graduate Show 2012 - Up and Beyond?

There are two bodies of work from my final year: Stone in my Shoe and There is a reason

This year my work has been exploring relationships between the language of text and visual language. This has resulted in a number of different approaches to combining text and images. I am currently working on a project which has involved going on walks with people I know and then attempting to represent those walks in image and text, while at the same time acknowledging that there is a gap between experience and representation.

My background

I am a mature student, and I originally studied for a French and English Literature degree at Southampton University between 1984 and 1988. I joined the Photography BA(Hons) as a mature student after completing evening classes at City College Brighton.

I was attracted to the course at Brighton because of its emphasis on an ideas led approach. It has changed the way I think about making my work, and I feel that I am now equipped to work independently and in a more informed way.

I received good support from the academic and technical support staff in my department. The department has a colour darkroom, a studio and a digital facility for scanning, editing and printing images. There is a black and white darkroom in Grand Parade.

Elissa Barclay, University of Brighton Faculty of Arts 

What would you say to anyone considering this course?

I would tell them that the course is ideal for anyone who wants to learn how to think about their work critically and conceptually and to learn more about the history of photography within an art context. Students need to be motivated to learn independently as technical teaching on the course is limited.

What has been your greatest challenge?

My greatest challenge has been getting used to having my work under constant scrutiny. My work is very personal and sometimes it is very emotionally demanding to have to be constantly explaining what it is about.

What do you plan to do after graduating?

Eventually I would like to setup a community black and white darkroom in Brighton, but over the next few months my priority will be to find any photography related work in Brighton, to broaden my experience and to bring some money in quickly!


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