Students exhibit their perspective on the great outdoors

Students exhibit their perspective on the great outdoors 

A photography and film exhibition by final-year students at the University of Cumbria opens on 12 January and will display work produced as part of a project entitled ‘On Location’.

The exhibition, in the Vallum Gallery at the Brampton Road campus, will reflect the experience of the students who planned and organised residential expeditions or spent days in the field to capture their subjects, to the extent that some spent nights in a bothy in the Cheviot Hills.

The students are all members of two unique courses: BA (Hons) Wildlife Media and BA (Hons) Adventure Media, at the Institute of Arts. These courses are distinctive in their focus on biodiversity and rich habitats, mainly in the county of Cumbria and in The Lake District.

PR1850fir, Tip of a fir tree branch

Wildlife media students combine the study of animal biology, behaviour and habitats with the practical application of media production skills. Adventure media students develop expedition planning and survival skills alongside photography and film making techniques.

For this particular exhibition, the group was challenged to produce unique and interesting photographic images or films during the expedition, in response to - and inspired by - their location.

PR1850foliage, foliage in winter

Programme lecturer Cain Scrimgeour comments:

“The students' work shows a huge variety of skills and creative techniques, from astrophotography to macro photography, and filmmaking. They let us see parts of the wildlife and adventure world that we rarely get to see.

PR1850Cain, Man in snow with camera

“The imagery and films created by the students in response to the surrounding flora, fauna and scenery are very diverse. Some individuals were inspired by constellations and capturing night time images, some produced macro imagery highlighting pattern and texture, others used drone footage to capture aerial perspectives.”

The exhibition continues until 31 January and is open Monday-Friday 10am to 4pm.

Image captions, top to bottom:

Fox by Zahrah Fawdor

Fir detail by Emily Dodds

Foliage by Rebecca Gibson

Lecturer Cain Scrimgeour