The Truman gallery is hosting, as usual, current student’s work and this was my first trip since lockdown. Initially I went to have late lunch with Dave Stewart and a chance for one of our ongoing debates on the current state and future of the medium. Then we both strolled over to see what this year had to offer.
I must admit some of the student work I found was concerning so I spent my time introducing the students I mentored to the photographers currently working in London.This was a chance to overcome their hesitancy and realise that the ones they have admired are quite approachable. A little push and they rose to the opportunities.
The rest of the time I spent encouraging other students whose work showed promise to believe in themselves. There was a lot of understandable self doubt and a lot of reassurance was needed. Self belief is more vulnerable than ever in these challenging times.
Great to see over a dozen of our ex-students attending and thanks to James and his staff from Norwich for their many kind words about modelling their course on the curriculum I developed,
….and also the pints!
Tim Flack and the new CEO of the AOP talking to the students I mentored .