The Visual & Digital Arts Department at Morley College London is led by a team of inspiring Programme Managers. This group of inventive artists and creative practitioners teach a range of specialist courses at all levels.
‘Out of Office’ explores what happens when they leave work at Morley and return to the studio. It will examine how their teaching practice informs and develops their own work, alongside the ways in which their creative practice reinvigorates and strengthens art and design teaching at Morley.
For this show ‘Out Of Office’, it was a pleasure to go to colleagues studios, making portraits, recording their spaces and working practices. The practice of Documentary Photography means one generally becomes very accustomed to working in spaces and locations that are not ones ‘own’.
The sessions were collaborative and fun and I was always pleasantly surprised by the spaces I encountered. For this series I chose to shoot on film, using available light and one roll of film per person. I used a Bronica medium format camera. The considered and steady process of using this camera (as opposed to the instant gratification of a digital slr) afforded me the opportunity to slow down and consider the shots I was making.
All images shot on Kodak Portra 400 120 film. Photograph of Steve Mepsted by Anders Birger.
Portrait series – Morley College: ‘The Artists in the Studio – With Quotes’ 2017