Two talented first-year photography students, Emily and Lydia, were given the opportunity by the University of Suffolk, to take part in an exciting portrait workshop led by Ed Sheeran’s professional photographer, Mark Surridge.
Lydia explains “We began our day by looking around the ‘Made in Suffolk’ exhibition at the Christchurch Mansion, a museum in Ipswich. It was fascinating to see the images Mark had taken of Ed Sheeran and to hear about the techniques he had used. We were able to quiz Mark about his career and how he became a photographer for Ed Sheeran. After talking about his work, Mark challenged us to take our own portraits, working with the lighting conditions around the museum and exploring how different types of light could affect our portraits”.
Emily continues, “In the afternoon we headed to the Photography department at the University of Suffolk, which was really nice as they had amazing traditional darkrooms like the ones we use at Long Road, as well as a digital space with the latest macs and scanners.” “We were given access to the computers where we edited our photos with the help of Mark and the University Lecturers. It was a great day and we learned so many skills that we can use to extend our Photography A-Level.”
This experience has given the students valuable insight into both studying photography at degree level and pursuing a career in the creative industries. We are thrilled that the students have also been invited to exhibit their portraits in an exclusive exhibition at the University in April.