Category Archives: Graduates 2010

Mike Steven, Yoshi Kametani and Rowan Lear exhibit at Futureproof

Three 2010 Photography and Film graduates from Edinburgh Napier University have been invited to participate in Futureproof: [Some] New Photography in Scotland.

Rowan Lear, Yoshi Kametani and Mike Steven shall be exhibiting work at at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow from 6th August – 12th September 2010.

Futureproof is a selection of work from graduates in 2010 of Scotland’s dedicated photography courses: Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Gray’s School of Art (Aberdeen), Glasgow Metropolitan College, and Napier University (Edinburgh). The show aims to capture something of the full range of ways that younger and emerging artists engage with photography.

Rowan Lear

Yoshi Kametani

Mike Steven

Andrew O’Connor – cinematography showreel

Recent graduate Andrew O’Connor has produced a showreel of work he has made over the past three years.

Andrew has shot short documentaries, fiction films, animation and experimental films, and on many formats including 16mm, Super-8, HD, HDV, MiniDV and DSLR.

His showreel can be viewed here: Andrew O’Connor Cinematography Showreel 2010.

Andrew can be contacted at

Urban Exploration

Urban Exploration is a short documentary produced by students for their final year project at Edinburgh Napier University. Funny and moving, the film follows three urban explorers in Edinburgh and provides an insight into the increasingly popular past-time of urban exploration.
The documentary strikingly observes the desire in today’s developed societies to leave safe city areas and explore the unknown, and importantly the act of recording these experiences.
Director, Camera, Research – Thomas Harper 
Editor, Sound Recordist, Camera Assistant – Dan Jewell 
Sound Design and Music – Gregor Douglas

Free Range Art & Design Show in London

Seven 2010 graduates of Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University are exhibiting final year work at the 10th Free Range Art & Design Show, which takes place every June and July at the Old Truman Brewery. The show provides the best platform for graduate art and design students to showcase their work to both public and industry.

The show is open to the public Friday 2nd July 2010 to Monday 5th July 2010 from 10:00 – 19:00 every day. See details here.

Exhibiting graduates are Aleksandra Kocela, Eleanor Darroch, Hannah Doyle, Jonathan David Smyth, Karen Taylor, Kristina Milic Thompson, Martin Traynor, Mateusz Noniewicz, Matthew Bissett, Matthew Nanson, Mike Steven, Sami Kouser, Suzanne Boak and Yoshi Kametani.

“Found Footage”

Recent graduate Rowan Lear is taking part in a collaborative event as part of Screen Bandita and West Port Book Festival in Edinburgh.

“Found Footage” shall include performances by poet Jay Bernard, and author and playwright Mia Gallagher, projections by Screen Bandita, and installations by Izzy Bocchetti and Rowan Lear, plus music from Vroni Holzmann.

The event shall  take place at St Marks Artspace on Friday 25th June at 7:30pm.

The Skinny reviews the 2010 degree show

The 2010 Edinburgh Napier Degree Show has been reviewed in arts and culture newspaper The Skinny. The article, which focusses mainly on the work produced by the Photography and Film course. gave the show 4 stars.

Below is an extract. Read the full review by Rachel Bowles at

As part of Napier’s 2010 Degree Show, Tessa Kerrs’ work, Ethnography – Under The Skin, is a strong photographic series exploring subjectivity, both self-constructed and self-constrained, through the permeable layer of skins and faces, often obscured. A figure wears a mask, holding a life-size doll’s head in the foreground, against a backdrop of print media regurgitation (a wall collage containing pictures of refugees, RSPCA adverts, an iconic photograph of Che Guevara); a man, his skin covered by paint, sits crumpled and despairing by a bench press. Kerrs quotes Nietzsche to frame her work: “It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.” An apt description of the entire exhibition: artists, photographers, designers and would-be architects and auteurs, progressing through their chrysalis stages, trying to hone in on their personal, creative voices and hurriedly cramming four years of blood, sweat and tears into a single degree show.

You are likely, then, to forgive the odd hiccup, when the art doesn’t quite live up to its pitch. This is surprisingly rare however, and the exhibition proves impressively strong this year. Certain themes repeat themselves time and again throughout in interesting permeations, such as the constructions of memory within time and space, most notably Kristina Millac’s Looking For His Stories. The work focuses on her father’s time living in Belgrade, and attempts to reconstruct his retold memories by superimposing archival prints on photographs of their present day locations. Beautifully haunting modern day spaces with nameless, forgotten figures, it’s an endearing meditation on memory, and Susan Sontag’s adage, that photography “discloses everything”. Rowan Lear’s This Is What Creates Adventure juxtaposes nostalgic Kodachrome Transparency slides and an audio loop of a family talking about their memories, with old photographs accompanied by blank descriptions of the figures depicted, devoid of the former’s memories and remembered emotions. Similarly, Suzanne Boak’s Expectations contemplates the fragility of memories through faded photographs and faint drawings.

For the film students, intimate, realist investigations of individuals seems to be the agenda. Yoshi Kametani’s photography and film Plastic Spoon documents the effects of violence, crime and drugs on the residents of Muirhouse, one of the most deprived residential schemes in Edinburgh. Regular Skinny art readers will recall Kametani’s work, particularly proud Mikey, with his prized pigeon perched on his head. The film and the photographs use an intertextual approach to tell the often forgotten, tragic stories of the residents, avoiding condescension. Jonathan David Smith’s I’m Telling (On You) also centres on heart-wrenching subject matter, that of the complicated, strained relationships of his adoptive family. Using tight camera framing on his sisters’ faces and an almost Buñuelian insistence to document his parents in their surrounding home, Smith communicates the constraining, frustrating nature of his family’s feud and the seeming inability of his parents to change.

Source Graduate Photography 2010

Eleven Edinburgh Napier University photography graduates has been featured in Source Magazines’s Graduate Photography 2010 website. Visit to view the degree show work of Suzanne Boak, Elspeth Gunnery, Yoshi Kametani, Tessa Kerrs, Aleksandra Kocela, Sumieya Kouser, Rowan Lear, Kristina Milic Thompson, Matthew Nanson, Mateusz Noniewicz, Jonathan David Smyth, Mike Steven, Karen Taylor, and Chris Wong.

Source is a quarterly magazine of contemporary photography published by Photo Works North and is primarily concerned with social, historical or aesthetic uses of photography. Source also organises photography events and exhibitions across the UK and Ireland.

‘Reverenc’d In Decay’ by Mike Steven

Mike Steven has just completed BA (Hons) in Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University. His major project examined the equal fragility of both the built and natural environment, and focused this theme around the Palladian ruin of Mavisbank House, in the project Reverenc’d in decay.

“From a beacon of wealth, art and music at the height of the Scottish Enlightenment, to a burnt-out shell, used as a car dump and frequently vandalised, the building and its grounds have faced many changes over the last 285 years. The house has however, remained a constant in the valley, and small traces of its history remain. It is these traces I am exploring, recreating glimpses into its past.”

To see the full series of Reverenc’d In Decay, and other work by Mike Steven, please visit

Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams has recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a BA(hons) Photography and Film.

He has produced a high quality portfolio of work that is varied and tends to transcend genres. He has particular interest in the creation of social-awareness imagery and advertising.

Matthew Adams can be contacted by email at and more examples of his work can be found at

‘Marvelling’ by Elspeth Gunnery

Eyemouth by Elspeth Gunnery

Cove by Elspeth Gunnery

‘Marvelling’ is a body of photographs Elspeth Gunnery produced for her final year project of BA(hons) Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University. The images depict coastal landscapes associated with smuggling, for example, river mouths and caves. The work charts the journey taken by Elspeth Gunnery along the North Northumberland Coastline starting at Cove, Eyemouth, Tweedmouth and Alnmouth.

The project can be viewed in full online at

this is what creates every adventure – a project by Rowan Lear

Rowan Lear recently completed the BA (hons) Photography and Film at Edinburgh Napier University. Her major project developed into a process of collection, research and response which she titled this is what creates every adventure .

The project investigates our relationships to photographs and memory. Rowan uses found photographs and treats them not simply as memory triggers, but as instruments through which our memories can be recovered and reconstructed.

If you’d like to know more about the ongoing project, and see other work by Rowan Lear please visit and

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