#13 The Graduate IssueAfter another challenging academic year where many photography students were taught remotely and faced limited access to campus and facilities, we celebrate the work of ten graduates from around the world. Jodie Bateman, Lina Geoushy, Matt Hind, Lena Holzer, Wing Ka Ho, Esther Gabrielle Kersley, Marianne McGurk, Ryan Prince, Agnieszka Sejud, Felix Schöppner. The selected projects reflect a range of ideas and experiences, from personal projects born out of lived experience to work tackling current social and political issues. Special thanks to the selection panel including; Natasha Caruana, artist, lecturer and mentor, Daniele de Luigi, Curator Giovane Fotografia Italiana, writer and critic, Ian Howarth, Photographer and Content Creator MPB, Tshepiso Mabula, Photoworks writer-in-residence and photographer, Maryam Wahid, artist and lecturer, and Julia Bunnemann, Photoworks Curator. A huge thank you to our sponsors MPB and print partner Spectrum Photographic for selecting four lucky graduates to support with kit loan and a printing voucher.
‘Growth is the decisive driving force in all conceivable systems. Growth means change, development, progress and thus also the continuation of life’ as the artist explains.
Felix Schöppner’s Growth looks at the gradual translation of nature into the digital space, showing how photography can transform into a three-dimensional medium. Landscape photographs of national parks, symbolising a condensed form of a seemingly untouched environment, served as a starting point for the series. Schöppner collaged original photographs with objects collected from the sites and naturally produced building materials to restage impressions previously encountered in the natural world. The resulting sculptures are rigid bodies that harken back to nature in their form, while also starkly contrasting with it via their static construction, which forecloses the possibility of movement. Schöppner then transfers these objects into digital space, producing images that are a hybrid of three-dimensional renderings and photographs. These images question the definition of space and materiality and how they are processed by human perception.
Felix Schöppner (born 1990) was raised in Hesse, Germany and graduated from Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in 2021.