Metro interviewed Jamie Murray, MA student from the University of the West of England Bristol, and the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award Winner.
- Firstly congratulations on winning the THRESHOLD Student Photo Award, what does it mean to you to have won?
Thank you! It means a lot to be selected for any award, but especially so from Metro. I know the quality of the work you produce and can’t wait to work together on some prints.
- You won your award with the work ‘Soul’, part of your on-going project ‘A Folly of Our Own, 2018’, can you explain a little about the background of the project?
Soul is an ex-prisoner who I sat down with to talk through his experience of incarceration. This meeting is one of a number of face-to-face meetings I have had with ex-prisoners to try and get more of an insight into the affects of the institution of prison. During these conversations, I also make portraits and take notes of what is said in an effort to collect various materials I can refer back to.
I am interested in the notion of documentary within photography and what it means to tell a story from varying perspectives. In a previous work, I sailed with a Royal Navy ship back from their deployment in the Persian Gulf. Although I inherited the feelings of the ship I was on and photographed their story, the work still resided in a place defined by my perspective. If I had spent one day, one week, one month in prison I would not have matched the collective experience of prisoners. There is something about hearing the stories told, embellished in all their glory or sadness, that allows you true insight into the folklore of that place. The experience that counts is the one we remember, and the experience we remember is the story that we tell.
- Part of the First Place prize is a year’s mentorship with Metro Imaging, what are you looking forward to learning or hoping to gain from the experts here at Metro?
I have always been interested in the production of photography, whether in prints, books or on screen. I worked in a lab for a number of years which gave me a grounding in the processes used in contemporary printing, I am keen to learn how the professional printers can add something to the final prints. This can hopefully be translated into the production of artist books, which is something I am heavily working on right now.
I’m also always interested in hearing what people from varying backgrounds think about my images, both individually and as a sequence. I can only imagine how many images go through Metro’s doors every day, it must be an incredible cross-section. It is something I miss about working in a lab, you feel like you have your finger on the pulse of what people are shooting. It would be interesting to know what everyone at Metro thinks about these varying visual trends and where they are going.
- How would you describe your photographic style and what inspires you to shoot?
Style is a hard thing to define. So far, I have preferred to err on the side of melancholy, but that is not something set in stone. I shoot colour, that was the largest stylistic choice I have made in recent history. I had spent years working with black and white, heavily informed by my influences from when I started photography. The watershed of moving to colour allowed me a freedom to interpret the world in a way less inhibited by what I had seen before.
The inspiration to shoot is like an ever-returning itch. You scratch it when you come across a picture that surprises you, or that helps you see that moment in a renewed light, however a day or two later the itch returns. The more these different moments begin to play off each other, the stronger the itch comes back.
- We know photographers always have one eye on their next project, do you have any current projects or upcoming exhibitions you’d like to use your awarded £1000 credit for?
I am in the process of adding to what I have been working on for just over a year now. The work started with Albatross, made whilst on the warship, and has grown to encompass the prison and school as topics as well. It is broaching the ideas of institution and where the affects of these institutions reside in contemporary society. The credit will in some way go towards producing this work. I am having an exhibition of Albatross early next year, that will be the first project to work on.
- What are your ultimate photography/career goals?
If I have an ultimate goal, then I don’t want to know what it is right now. There is something quite freeing about not knowing where each choice might take you. This is also present when it comes to making work if it can be planned, conceptualised and then carried out there is a much larger chance of creating something derivative. This is also where collaboration becomes a key point within photography. Collaboration is one way of creating the unexpected. I think it’s healthy for the often-solo photographer to let go of the self and allow others to come in and provide vital new influences and reinvigorate the work, a great example of this is working with a printer.
Ideally, if I can continue to explore the themes that interest me, make work from them, and then produce that work into prints or books then I think will be happy with my lot.
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Partners with Fujifilm UK in production for exhibitions, collaborating in photography award and prizes, as well as photography workshops.
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Metro teamed up with PYLOT magazine to produce the exhibition of their Issue 8, in collaboration with Fuji Film.
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Partnering with SATORI Magazine, to offer visual artists a Mentorship Award, supporting them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight.
Collaborating with Lenscloud, Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, co-creating useful related content.
Metro is one of the sponsors of The Secret Art Prize, presented by Curious Duke Gallery. Award open to all urban and contemporary artists; welcoming disciplines of painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, and photography.
Metro works closely with the artists, supporting throughout the production of installations and exhibitions. Hospital Rooms is an arts and mental health charity that transform locked and secure wards with museum-quality artwork.
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Metro Imaging is collaborating with Lenscloud, a Fine Art Photography platform that aims to democratise art investment for emerging and established collectors, creating useful content in Fine Art Printing and trends in the market.
Lenscloud wants to help fine-art photography enthusiasts build: a timeless, ever-growing, personal collection fuelled by a user’s own rapidly expanding awareness into the practices for smart and savvy art investing as well as a refinement of their own tastes and profile as a collector.
The functional platform realises the three goals of learning, collecting and investing through its gallery feature, info-based sections, and facilitating art purchases through e-commerce. This allows fine-art enthusiasts to view and create collections, build knowledge and expertise in the fine art photography scene and purchase directly on the platform.
As a self-styled ‘source’ for art discovery and investing, Lenscloud works directly with artists, archives and foundations, which gives users the assurance that pieces they purchase have a guarantee of authenticity.
For now, in a world of digital reproduction and unverified opinions, this bid to authenticity is at the ‘heart’ of art. Says the brains behind Lenscloud, founder Laurent Cottier, a personal collection − from the choice of pieces to the very placement of them − is as unique to the collector as a thumbprint, expressing their own eye for design, movement, spatial flow and, most of all, meaning.
For art to make meaning and impact a physical space in the digital age, Cottier is re-imagining the structure of online galleries and the function of e-commerce. Lenscloud offers users a one-stop hub for art.
Interested collectors can easily sign-up and create an account to begin browsing and engaging with Lenscloud’s active community of like-minded investors, collectors and, above all, lovers of art.
Enter Lenscloud, a just-launched digital home for art, where emerging and established artists come together with budding culture-lovers, burgeoning collectors and would-be investors in fine-art photography.
It has been a long and difficult process for our judges to pick the finalists for our Metro Student Competition, due to such a high standard of work submitted. Thank you for all who took part and to our judges: Steve Macleod, Carole Evans & Owen Harvey!
We are pleased to announce that the following artists have been chosen to exhibit in our Front of House in September:
The exhibition will run from Monday 3rd to Friday 7th September at Metro Imaging Front of House, with the Private View and Award Ceremony taking place on Wednesday 5th September 18:30 – 20:30. On the evening of the 5th, the prizes will be announced:
FIRST PRIZE AND OVERALL WINNER: will win a 12 month, individually tailored Mentorship at Metro Imaging & £1000 production credit to spend on Bespoke Services.
SIX SHORTLISTED WINNERS: will receive a £50 Metro Imaging Gift Voucher.
One shortlist winner will also be awarded an HONOURABLE MENTION, winning £50 worth of B&W film.
Lastly, we are excited to announce that you can be involved with our final prize, THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD! You can now vote and support your favourite shortlisted THRESHOLD entry.
The People’s Choice will be awarded:
- x1 Bespoke Printing session with an expert technician
- x10 16×12” Bespoke Digital C-type Prints worth £370.00
- x1 One-to-one session to discuss career development and provide the best advice going forward with their portfolio
Voting for The People’s Choice Award has now closed.
RSVP to the Private View here.
All images © to the individual artists.
Metro Imaging are proud to be partnering with SATORI to offer visual artists the chance to win a tailored Mentorship Award, which will support them with professional development, career direction, and industry insight.
SATORI is a creative forum to share work, thoughts, feelings, inspirations, fears, opinions and more.
Each issue begins with a simple theme and a short piece of text; together they serve as an open brief to a diverse group of contributors from a variety of different backgrounds.
SATORI Issue Three –The Issue of ‘Aesthetics’ (a set of principles concerned with the nature and appreciation of beauty) will feature over 100 pages of original content from acclaimed writers including Alison Bean, Rebecca Pearson, Pico Iyer, BJ Miller, and Ken Hollings, and an amazing selection of art and photography from Sam Copeland, Chiara Zonca, Alberrán Cabrera, and Evan D’Arpino to name but a few.
The launch event for Issue Three of SATORI will take place the Thursday 9th August 6-8 pm at The Photographers’ Gallery, 16 – 18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW.
An edition of limited prints, courtesy of Metro Imaging, will be given away with the first 50 copies sold, as part of the new partnering, and the Metro x SATORI Mentorship Award will be officially announced.
To find out more about Metro Imaging x SATORI Mentorship Award, please visit metroimaging.co.uk/satori
Image ©: SATORI Issue 3 – Cover image by Sam Copeland
The Copenhagen-based collective Sara, Peter & Tobias, winners of the International Photography Award 2018, will be showing their award-winner series The Merge, at the British Journal of Photographys’ International Photography Award (BJP IPA) 2018 exhibition, opening with the PV on Thursday 12th July 2018 at TJ Boulting.
The Merge explores and visually interprets the possibility that our reality does not exist as we believe it to, but that instead, we live in a simulation. Could it be that our world is just a construct – a created illusion?
The Merge visually entertains the simulation theory. It artistically investigates what consequences supercomputers, artificial intelligence and robots have on our future society. By looking at interactions between man and machine it explores how this accelerated digitized paradigm will affect our emotional, social and moral norms.
The project employs an array of photographic tools to document human existence as we move rapidly towards a point in history where physical and digital worlds will become so intertwined, that it will be impossible to distinguish between the two. The time is now for documenting how the revolution of artificial intelligence and robotics is rapidly changing our world, real or not.
The Merge aims to debate the subject’s complexity and the images balance between realism and imagination, leaving space for multiple interpretations and engaging a dialogue with the audience about the landscape of our future: If life is a simulation, where should we look to understand the world we live in?
Private View: Thursday 12th July 2018, 6.30 – 8.30pm
Exhibition continues: 13th July – 11th August
TJ Boulting Gallery
59 RIDING HOUSE STREET
LONDON W1W 7EG
Come down to explore our South London workshop, and join us for a framing and curating coffee morning. Meet the experts behind every piece we create and discover cost-effective and archival solutions for finishing, preserving and installing artworks.
We will also be joined by our industry partners, TAGSMART – pioneers in digital tagging, authentication and certification services in the Art Market.
Through live demonstrations, gain tips on curating and exhibiting over coffee and refreshments. Plus, get a chance to win a £250 voucher for our Mounting and Framing services.
We’re looking forward to your visit!
Tuesday 3rd July
11 am – 1 pm
Metro Framing HQ
106 Tinworth Street
Overhaul brings together artists Rhiannon Adam, Natasha Caruana, and Laura Pannack to transform a derelict terraced house in Peckham. Metro Imaging are pleased to work with both Rhiannon Adam and Laura Pannack, producing 11 Duratran prints for the show; this collaborative project is exhibiting all new and unseen work at Safehouse 1, as part of Peckham 24, 2018.
The exhibition explores the collision of collaboration, science, and research led enquiries drawing from The Peckham Experiment (1926-1950); a revolutionary initiative set-up to study rising concerns over health and well-being. The initiative worked with 950 local families living within one mile of the experiment’s base, the Pioneer Health Centre, St Mary’s Road, Peckham.
Working together, Laura Pannack and Rhiannon Adam open their sketchbook to share their process, using experimental analogue processes to assess how we diagnose and define health. As part of the Peckham Experiment, member families would subject themselves to an annual health overhaul, in which biological samples would be collected alongside psychological assessments. Pannack and Adam have recruited families living within the Experiment’s boundaries to take part in the project, inviting them to contribute their image and samples. The analogue film has then been immersed in the samples prior to development, creating a unique and unpredictable biological imprint of each participant. The project explores the notion of portraiture – capturing an essence of the unseen, playfully suggesting ways in which the image can contribute to self-discovery. Their findings discuss the never-ending search for absolute health.
Also featured is the work of Natasa Caruana, plus a series of images created during a one-day group assignment with recruited participants from the photography community.
Opening Party and Special Events as part of Peckham 24 Festival:
Friday 6pm – 11pm
Saturday 10am – 7pm
Sunday 10am – 6pm
Safehouse 1, 139 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN
IMG © Laura Pannack
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