Photographs and Text by Hedda Ofverholm Thorén
BA (Hons) Interaction Design Arts (Year 1)
As my starting point, this work became all about exploration for me. At
the time, I was spending a lot of time at my family’s summer place in the
Swedish archipelago. It’s a nature reserve, allowing the nature to stand
untouched; the trees grow tall and the moss covers the ground. It is a special
feeling to be there and since the Corona pandemic broke out it has become an
even more important place for me, where I can escape the craziness back in my
I spent a lot of time out exploring and studying the nature in more
detail, looking for scenes and places I had never seen before. It made me
encounter new feelings that I haven’t experienced earlier. It felt magical, but
at the same time also terrifying and sad because at some point I realized that
there is a possibility that what I have photographed will not always remain. In
a few years, everything could be gone.
As a result, my photographic sequence ‘Come Find Me’ is a series exploring new notions of naturally occurring frames, but also a sequence exploring and documenting the uncertain future of our nature.
Moving Photographs and Text by Juliette Stuart
BA (Hons) Illustration and Visual Media – Year 3
Being stuck in quarantine, many of us are now focusing on food and eating more than ever – be it in planning elaborate meals now that we have time to cook, or constant snacking out of sheer boredom. Inspired by Dutch still life paintings, particularly the ‘ontbijt’ (breakfast) paintings, I wanted to create a modern, colourful, quarantine edition of ‘still lifes’ of the food that I’ve been eating a lot of, with a surreal twist. I inverted some of the vanitas imagery and made a series that looks a lot brighter and happier, but I wanted to add in the multiple hands with their constant fidgeting to maintain some level of unease in the otherwise very neatly structured scenes. I only have myself to film, so using a borrowed camera from my flatmate I had to film my hand coming in from multiple angles and stitch the footage together to create the scenes with more than one hand in. A lot of the backgrounds are made of my coats, a large shirt, and an IKEA blanket because I could only use what I had lying around. The cardboard cut outs are made from some old mount board I had lying around, and all the glasses and plates were charity shop purchases I made for a pervious project that I shot before lockdown. I’m happy with the result – using just what I had available to me I think I was able to create something that looks professional and surreal that I am proud of.
reference … dutch still life paintings ontbijt