Last week we paid a visit to the first act of the London College of Communication’s annual degree show, a showcase from the School of Media, with courses including Photography, Photojournalism, Film and Television and Advertising. Being particularly impressed with the emerging creative talent from the BA (Hons) in Photography, we’ve chosen our top four picks to feature. A diverse and contemporary selection of work, the final show was an impressive display of individual skill and raw ability.
Becca Sidhu is a photographer based in London and will be graduating from LCC this summer. Her digital aesthetic is inspired by the endless supply of glossy imagery that we are surrounded by. Utilising our magpie like relationship to gleaming surfaces and beauty, her piece ‘Anxious Desires’ seeks to draw the audience in to this glistening universe which we then come to understand is describing a cold dystopian future, where control between human and machine has become blurred.
The work is themed around the small Sicilian mountain village Mineo, that is host to the ‘Centro di Accoglienza per Richiedenti Asilo’, short CARA. A centre for reception of asylum seekers. Refugees who arrive in Italy by boat are transferred to residences inside the CARA in order to wait for the validation of their asylum applications. With more than 3,200 migrants from Eritrea, Sudan, Nigeria, Gambia, Liberia, Afghanistan, Syria, Pakistan and elsewhere living in the centre, the ‘CARA Mineo’ is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. The migrants at the centre are stuck in bureaucratic limbo as they wait for up to two years for their asylum applications to be processed.
Sahar Gilani is a 21 year old london-born photographer who’s work surrounds her need to preserve her evanescent youth. Her camera acting as her journal, she encapsulates her fascination with the fleeting fragility of beauty she encounters in her everyday life. Plagued by a yearning for nature in an urban environment, she often finds solace in artificiality entwined with the natural.
Lottie Bea Spencer
Lottie Bea Spencer is a Leicester born photographer, who lives and works in London. She is due to graduate with a BA in Photography from the London College of Communication with her final series of images titled Nine O’Clock Horses. The work documents the quirks of British culture, style, tales and traditions, merging still life, portrait and documentary photography to create a visual stimulus of colour, humour and a look into her personal life, relationships and memories from childhood.