Meet the artists – Bertie Charman

Six young artists have been selected for a show titled Faces & Figures: Student Exhibition 2015.  Here you can get to know them a little more…


Bertie Charman – Elizabeth College:

I was presented with the title of ‘Faith Family and Community’ for my photography coursework and immediately jumped to the word ‘Faith’. I know I didn’t want to look at ‘Faith’ in the sense of religion as such, but the basis of having faith in something or relying on something appealed to me photographically.

I decided to ask my friends and family what they relied on or had faith in and tried to photograph them the best I could. I naturally went for black and white photography as I believe it goes effortlessly with portraiture. However, I felt the photographs themselves would’ve been incomplete without a personal message or quote from the subjects involved, so I asked the people I photographed for a few lines to better inform the viewer as to the nature of the photos or why they had faith in what they did. I ended my project by taking self-portraits of what I had faith in.

I looked at various portrait photographers including Arnold Newman and Henri Cartier-Bresson, trying to incorporate a few of their techniques in to my photography. I found the only way to improve my photos was to experiment a lot and take risks.

I’m hoping to study Law at Exeter University in September (depending on my A2 results) and hopefully pursue a career in Human Right’s Law. I’ll always keep going with my photography as a relaxing escape and vent for my creative side.’

 


The Guernsey Arts Commission’s annual student exhibition showcases a variety of art, design and photography from the end-of-year shows at the College of Further Education, Grammar School, Elizabeth College and Ladies’ College; highlighting the strong creative talent consistently emerging on the island. The exhibition is kindly sponsored by NatWest and is the fifth show of the annual series. This year’s exhibition has been curated by GAC’s Antonia Ramsey and Simone Roberts.

You can meet and hear from these emerging artists at the opening of the exhibition on Thursday 10 September from 5.30pm until 7pm at the greenhouse gallery at Guernsey Museum and Art Gallery, Candie.  The exhibition runs until Sunday 22nd November.

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