Desert Island Pics with Sean O’Hagan
The Guardian’s photography writer Sean O’Hagan chooses eight photographs to take with him to a virtual desert island. Stephen Bull (Photography Course Leader, University for the Creative Arts), discusses Sean’s choices with him and examines how they reflect his life and career.
Showcase: Amelia Shepherd
This social documentary portrays a community from a forgotten piece of England. In 1916 the town’s founder dreamt of creating a coastal resort to rival its neighbour Brighton, advertising cheap ‘homes for heroes’ and attracting media attention. Today this quiet backwater appears to belong to no particular era, representative of the generic ‘suburban town’ we have all become familiar with seeing rather than somewhere with a uniquely fascinating past.
Showcase: Rachael Lowndes
This series shows the empty stage as a place of absence and artificiality. Marks examines a space that is both permanent yet constantly reworked to create the illusions of the theatre. Stripped of the enhancements of stage lighting, the seemingly monochromatic surfaces reveal the evidence of their construction. In these unpeopled spaces, traces of drama remain. The work has been created on stage sets used for small scale and regional touring productions.