Student mentor opportunity

In April I was asked by my tutor Caroline Molloy to assist her in the lighting sessions she was doing for the first year’s module, Working With Light. I find this a very interesting opportunity as I know how the studio works and always enjoy teaching. We agreed upon 4 dates, once a week, commencing on the 16th of April till the 7th of May where photographer Michael Collins would come in to give a lecture and workshop on large format cameras. Unfortunately I working at Media Loan Shop during the lecture but I had the chance to be at the workshop. He gave me some great tips, as I consider using one for a long term project.

First session with Caroline and first year students, we did an induction to the studio and went through all the health and safety procedures. I explained how one is meant to power on and off the light heads and all their key features. Caroline had booked all the necessary equipment so as to demonstrate the creative control you can have in a studio. After I went through the basic steps in order to change a light shaper, such as light box, snoot or an umbrella the students used the studios on a brief set by Caroline.

Second session, on the 23rd of April, I was assigned with a group of students and Paul Smith to go on location and make use of the different conditions you can find outdoors. Outdoors can be harder to master as the lighting conditions are not 100% under your control. Paul split the students in two groups and gave them a brief.

Third session I took part in was with George Rippon, on the 26th April on location. This time the brief was different as the students had already done some work on their own. I helped the students to practice more with mixed lighting and more than one subjects.

On the 30th of April, the fourth session, I helped the students to make a task that involved personal objects , while making use of the practices learned so far in the studio. I was available to assist with any technical difficulties they might have. The students seem to have picked up the information quite fast. Light is the most important principle of photography. Understanding the ways it works and how you can control it creatively will certainly change the way one photographs.

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Picbod 2013 exhibition roles

For the Picbod exhibition I was assigned in the Secretary Team where my role was to communicate with all the teams involved in the setup. My main participation was in keeping the common discussion thread organised and updated with relevant information from all teams, hold regular meetings and keep the minutes of each. Later on I got involved in the Media/Advertising Team with design of the poster and printing of flyers.
I always tried to make sure decisions were taken under everyone’s understanding. The meetings held in order to setup this exhibition didn’t always have full participation which made more difficult the communication of ideas and future plans.
In the days leading up to the opening night I was left with less time to be involved and thanks to some other dedicated individuals the curation happened on time.
I was briefly involved in meetings of other teams, such as Opening Night and Finance.

Since the 7th of March, if not exaggerating, I spent most of four days in the Fargo warehouse we had setup for the exhibition. The 7th was the day we were getting marked on our assignments. We spent the afternoon in the unit while having the chance to see everyone’s work. In the night I was there with Kate, Mellissa and Caroline discussing some last issues before the Opening Night.

On the 8th of March, I spent the morning to finish the video I would put along the prints. In the afternoon I went down to Fargo to install my work, as well as give some time off to people who were there all morning. While in Fargo I spent some time cleaning before we opened to the public.
Brian Meta and Ioana Bultoc from the Opening Night Team had set some shifts for the night. I did spend about an hour serving at the bar and welcoming people at the door.

Next day, the 9th I spent all day keeping the exhibition open with Caroline Walker, David Bird, Kate Green, while we had The Phobus coming down the exhibition with their car, for a special interview. In the morning the space needed some cleaning from the left over cans and bottles. We cleaned the space with Caroline and opened up to the public at 11. We closed at 18:00.

On the 10th we went back to dismount frames and clean the space. There was a new exhibition happening on the 11th so had to clear out. We started again early in the morning and finished at about 16:00. It was sure a tough job as the warehouse was colder that outdoors, temperatures between 4 and 8 degrees.

Throughout the four days I had setup a camera in various places recording stills, about 1 per minute and in the end about a week after I produced a timelapse video. The camera took about 3000 stills overall and putting them together wasn’t an easy task.

I am very happy with the outcome of this exhibition and the video off course. The time we all spent together for this made us come closer and know each other better. As a proof of this, a group of us is travelling down to Santander, Spain in June for the Picbod Santander exhibition. We are going to exhibit our work and meet the students who remotely took part in our online class.
The motive for this gathering was the students from Spain inviting us, but as we were all very happy with many aspects of this collaboration, we decided to take it a step further. We called Picbod Legacy for the time being and is a project running independently from Coventry University. We don’t know yet what will come, but sure is we all like art and travelling!

I will be soon updating with more information on the trip and exhibition.

Professional Experience Summary

In this post I will summarize the days I worked professionally this academic year. Starting on 17th of October up to 10th of May is the period that can be accounted for this module.

Hereward College (Honorary Appointment contract)
Peer Support Team promotional video
Camera, Sound, Editing
October 17th, 2012 – May 8th, 2013

Day 01: 17th October (visit Hereward College)
Day 02: 24th October (visit Hereward College)
Day 03: 05th December (filming)
Day 04: 12th December (filming)
Day 05: 09th January (filming)
Day 06: 23rd January (filming)
Day 07: 30th January (filming)
Day 08: 06th February (visit of PST at Coventry University)
Day 09: 13th February (filming)
Day 10: 13th March (filming)
Day 11: 20th March (filming)
Day 12: 17th April (filming)
Day 13: 24th April (filming)
Day 14: 29th April (video archiving, convert tapes)
Day 15: 30th April (video archiving, convert tapes)
Day 16: 01st May (editing)
Day 17: 02nd May (editing)
Day 18: 03rd May (editing)
Day 19: 6th May (editing)
Day 20: 7th May (editing)
Day 21: 8th May (editing, PST video premiere)

Fresh@CU (As and When contract)
Photography, Videography, Editing, Event management, Research
October 18th, 2012 – May 10th, 2013

Day 01: 18th October – Graduates Photography (first meeting, tasks assigned)
Day 02: 06th November – Graduates Photography (location scouting)
Day 03: 16th November – Graduates Photography (lighting design)
Day 04: 19th November – Graduates Photography (photography session)
Day 05: 26th November – Graduates Photography (editing, postage & packaging)
Day 06: 12th December – Website Research
Day 07: 14th December – Website Research
Day 08: 10th December – Coventry University Conference (photography)
Day 09: 13th December – Coventry University Conference (editing)
Day 10: 22nd February – Analogue Photography Workshop
Day 11: 10th May – Video Interviews

Coventry University, Caroline Molloy
Student Mentor, Lighting Assistant
April 16th, 2013 – May 07th, 2013

Day 01: 16th April – Studio and Lighting Induction
Day 02: 23rd April – Location lighting
Day 03: 26th April – Location lighting
Day 04: 30th April – Studio task
Day 05: 07th May – 5×4” camera induction with Michael Collins

Picbod 2013 Photographic Exhibition
Secretary roles, Documentary video, space setup and organisation
January 10th, 2013 – March 10th, 2013

Day 01: 10th January – assigned in Secretary Team
Day 02: 17th January – exhibition teams meeting
Day 03: 07th February – exhibition teams meeting
Day 04: 14th February – exhibition teams meeting
Day 05: 21st February – exhibition teams meeting
Day 06: 28th February – exhibition teams meeting
Day 07: 07th March – exhibition space setup
Day 08: 08th March – exhibition space setup, opening night
Day 09: 09th March – exhibition space cleaning, second day
Day 10: 10th March – exhibition space dismounting, cleaning