Developing my Creative Practice: Short courses to hone my skills

February 15, 2024  •  Leave a Comment

As part of my Developing Your Creative Practice (DYCP) award from Arts Council England, I have recently taken two short courses at University of the Arts, London (UAL): Portrait Photography with Peter Cattrell and Photojournalism with Teri Pengilley.

 

My aim in this period of development is work on my storytelling to take on more documentary photography work and I felt that having some time out to work exclusively in these areas would help me to do this, as well as feeding into other areas of my practice, such as my more commercial work. 

 

Both courses were intense, pushed me outside of my comfort zone (having to be in front of the camera and having to ask total strangers for portraits, both things I am guilty of tending to avoid), took me back to basics, taught me new skills and gave me the time to just try things out to see what happens. They inspired me, increased my skills and made me see more clearly what I'm capable of and what I want to do.
 

Below I've included a few portraits taken on the portrait photography course and I've put together a post featuring the photo story I made on the photojournalism course, which you can see here.
 

Photograph of a person with blonde hair and black rollneck top looking into the camera. Behind, out of focus is the inside of a university building, with table chairs and wall mounted TV to the left, grey lockers to the right and in the centre a walkway with sign at the top and yellow strip lights leading to a doorway.Charlotte
MikeMikePhotograph of a person with short grey hair wearing a black Tshirt and dark jacket, looking to the left of the frame, with a dark grey background behind.
ShizaShizaPhotograph of a person with long dark hair in a black jumper, blue jeans and white trainers, standing with one arm on their hip. Behind is a large wooden structure on wheet with a large square and cross, framed so the person's head is positioned in a triangle to the left. Behind that is a greenish panelled wall and below is a tiled floor.
TillyTillyPhotograph of a person wth long blong hair looking into the camera and tucking their hair behind one ear. They are wearing a white Tshirt with a black line drawing of a crouched person in a bikini on it and there is a deep pink background behind.
FloraFloraPhotograph of a person with long blonde hair, framed to the right of the frame, looking into the camera and with one arm up on their hip. They are lit with blue turquoise light to the left and pink light to the right.

 

I really enjoyed taking these courses and feel they have done me and my work the world of good. Huge thanks to my tutors and fellow students for teaching me so much and of course the Arts Council England for giving me the means to do it.

 

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Find out more about Arts Council England at https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/

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Hi, I'm Jayne Lloyd, a photographer based in Essex and working across London, the South East of the UK and beyond. I love using photography to give insight into people, places and processes and I offer a range of services including documentary/reportage, editorial, interior and portrait photography.

If you would like to speak to me about working together please don't hesitate to get in touch


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