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Havering College of Further and Higher Education, Essex

By: Jennifer Drake

BA (Hons) Photography.

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# 23 [18 November 2009]

As I have now graduated, I have started a new blog in Artists Talking , please pop in from time to time!

# 22 [8 August 2009]

so now it is all over and the results, happily, better than I ever expected, it was quite emotional but I now feel a bit lost.

As a mature student I am not looking for a career in photography although I do intend to work on my own photographic projects. I am now missing the student/tutor interaction and deadlines, and indeed the impetus to get on with, well, something, although I am lucky enough to have an exhibition on at the moment until 28th august at departure where I am showing all of my final project for the first time.

I have been looking for other courses, having deferred the idea of an MA for the time being, but found nothing that grabbed me. What can you do between a BA and an MA that will stretch and challenge you? if anyone has an ideas I would love to hear them.

I am missing talking to creative, interested people, having someone to bounce ideas

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Jennifer !! Too old ?? That's never stopped Louise Bourgeois... Not good enough?? You've invested precious years of your life in this, and your years are priceless.... Don't want to send jpegs?? they are just tiny little fuzzy kilobytes, compared to your beautifully finished "real thing" work when it's out there under the gallery lights - no comparison! .... Don't want to be turned down?? there's one sure thing - if you don't apply you certainly won't get accepted! I can sum it up in 3 little words - go for it !! ... and I want an invite to the private view!

posted on 2009-09-18 by Carolyn Shepherd

I can only dream of such luxurious time indulgence! It's full on final year for me, and when the pressure's on I start cleaning (see blog!). It's still only September, have a creative break and the ideas will begin to flow again. We have a Fellowship programme at our college, which seems to bridge the BA/MA gap nicely. Hope the exhibition went well?

posted on 2009-09-09 by Carolyn Shepherd

# 21 [18 May 2009]

I have just given in my final work for my Photography BA.

I can do nothing now but wait, and of course put up the three shows yet to run, but nothing I can do will affect my results.

I feel like I haven't done enough to get the result I would like, but I will just have to wait until 11.20 on 23rd June to find out. In the meantime, will just have to manage my expectations!

good luck to everyone else coming to the end of theor degrees!

# 20 [7 May 2009]

Just got home fro the Private View, it went really well, thanks in part to it being on a First Thursday, and there being other shows on in the vicinity

lots of people dropping in, lots of interest, enough drinks, and approval from the tutors .. what more could we ask for......!

if anyone is in the London area, please drop by and review One more than Ten at Studio 1.1 in Redchurch street, full details in Degree show section. thanks.

# 19 [5 May 2009]

Well, another milestone reached, our graduate show went up today. once we got into a bit of a system, it all went up smoothly.

Although we had planned who would go where in the gallery some of the places changed, but I think everyone was happy with their positions in the end. our concerns about the space were pretty much unfounded, and no ones work looks constricted or squashed.

Now we can look forward to the Private View on Thursday.

Enjoyed walking back through the city suits with my big spirit level and electric screwdriver, just glad I am no longer one of them.



# 18 [1 May 2009]

Its all gone a bit quiet.

The panic has subsided, or seems to have. Hopefully its not the calm before the storm.

I think people have their final work now, at least I hope so , seeing as the show goes up on Tuesday.

Plans have been made for putting up and the Private View,

In retrospect there are things which we could have done better but working in a group can be tricky when the group is small. Less people to spread the tasks among, so everyone trying hard to juggle their personal projects and committments to group tasks. Fund raising is particularly difficult when there are only 11 of you, so everyone ends up paying more for the extras we'd like to have.

I think the final collection will work well. As  some students work addresses similar subjects, these will look especially good  together in the gallery.

We may not have all the expensive frills and freebies at our little show, but the work is good and everyone has done their best, and that's what its all about. 

# 17 [27 April 2009]

suffering from "passive stress"

like passive smoking, but you start absorbing other people's stress.

I am beginning to think I should have explained the word "contingency" to my fellow students, as the opportunity to factor this into their plans, seems to have been bypassed, and now panic is rife.

 If I hear anyone else say their computer has died..... maybe I should have explained the term "back-up" also!

Now I probably sound like a proper clever dick, but age and business experience does count for something, please learn something from this.

I want to go and lie down in a quiet room, with no phone or computer

 our show goes up in 8 days (hopefully)

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this made me chuckle ! During our 2nd year gallery practice I came to the conclusion I abosorbed any stress in the atmosphere and was tempted to come into the studio wearing protective clothing to keep out the vibes! This year I may be using the technique of iPod earphones (haven't actually got an iPod).

posted on 2009-09-15 by Carolyn Shepherd

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# 16 [17 April 2009]

Yesterday I came across these images of the archive in its heyday.

How crowded it is now in comparison, but still very atmospheric and totally recognisable.

I wish I had seen these earlier, I might have been able to use them somehow.

Although I may still be able to, because I have secured a show in Limehouse in August, where I should be able to show all this project. I will have to see what I can do once the Degree show is out of the way.

# 15 [16 April 2009]

I went to my mum's today.

 she says that when I finish my degree, I could get a job as a swimming instructor.

ever feel like you're not being taken seriously?


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I remember my Mum used to say it was like I was "playing at Post Offices" - it's stayed with me all my life!

posted on 2009-09-15 by Carolyn Shepherd

# 14 [9 April 2009]

hey, I feel like I am getting there! prints gone for mounting, postcards ordered, book prepared!

Still have show tasks to work on, artists statement, and prep for the meeting at Departure, oh yes and the research books, but panic is subsiding a bit.....until I remember how much it's all going to cost!


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Jennifer Drake

I am a mature student in the final few months of my Photography BA. An escapee fro the world of finance and IT I finally got the opportunity to release my artistic potential.

The degree has challenged me in more ways than I ever imagined, but now I am wondering what I will do when its all over!