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Monday
Nov192018

the old welcomes the new

Founded in the 15th century the University of St Andrews is Scotland’s oldest seat of learning. We have worked with the University for many years (decades not hundreds) so we were delighted to be commissioned to produce a series of portraits that reflect the international reach of the University.

We photographed sixty-two students over a total of four days in a small studio that we set up in a lecture room. The studio had to be simple as the days were not consecutive and it needed to be dismantled between shoot dates. We had to ensure that the lighting and camera position were consistent for all of the portraits. To do this we marked the positions of the lights and tripod with small pieces of gaffer tape. We also took reference photographs of the set up and made some notes just in case the cleaners removed the gaffer tape, which happened once before Šnever again!

We used a black velvet backdrop, three flash units, a Hasselblad tethered to a laptop plus an iPod for music plus lots of coffee and tea.

Emma and Lesley (our contacts at the University) did a great job recruiting a diverse and interesting group of students for us to photograph. We took numerous photographs of each student in a variety of poses and worked hard to help them relax. As is always the case some people came out of their shells a little more easily than others but they all got into it and were a joy to photograph.

Choosing one portrait per person was pretty difficult so it was decided that the students would be portrayed four times (one large image plus three small images) on their print. This was a great solution as it gave us the opportunity to show each person in various poses and Œstates of mind such as thoughtful, happy etc.

To accompany their portraits the students have produced short passages of text conveying their thoughts on the University, St Andrews, Scotland and their hopes for the future.

The University’s report unit has produced beautiful large prints of the portraits that will be exhibited around the University under the title 'Internationally Scottish' from the 4th of December.

Check out some of the portraits and the video below.

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