This year Steambox plays host to graduates of photography who have come through the level 6 Higher National Diploma programme in St Kevins College of Further Education, Dublin. This is only the fifth year of the stand-alone level 6 course and the exhibition itself represents the diversity, energy and uniqueness that the college provides.
|c. Kevin Buckley|
Developing photographic skills are, of course, a crucial element of any photographic course, at any level. Yet, skills alone are simply not enough in the contemporary photographic landscape. The process we set in place in St Kevin’s College encourages students to find a photographic personality – a vision which is a pure expression of the individual’s own visual experience of the world around us, an expression of their own creative sensibilities and a reflection of their own technical strengths and abilities. At the start of each college year, students propose an idea, or a concept, which will be developed photographically throughout the year. There is a necessity, within this process, of visual connection to a subject or theme. Students find their own topic, their own vision and to try to translate these effectively. Together with their tutors, students explore traditional and contemporary approaches to given themes and subject matter and, further, find an aesthetic and conceptual solution to suit the individuals own subject. My role has been to help students find their subject, their vision and translate it effectively. The process is supported on an on-going basis by a series of workshops and further refined through a succession of critical reviews, with the involvement of all tutors and peers. At these critical reviews we have established a type of synergy between tutors and students which is part of the successes of this year’s exhibition.
|c. Aisling McCurtin|
|c. Carl Byrne|
|c. Tony Byrne|
The work exhibited will reflect the broad demographics within the college itself. The show overall spans the spectrum of the commercial world to the personal world – each with its own approach and style, strengths and skills. The exhibition is testament to the students themselves, to the investment they have made in their own work throughout the year and the efforts they have made to produce what is the largest and finest St Kevin’s College Graduate exhibition to date.
Year 2 Tutor