Since handing in my Final Major Project I have been keeping myself busy before I officially leave Farnham and UCA. One of the projects I am working on is UCA Archive Explored. Set up by myself and two fellow students this network hopes to showcase the archive & special collections at UCA and generate student engagement with archive material.
Currently the project runs across three platforms - Flickr, Tumblr and Twitter. Flickr is the online archive of our resources and we collate materials into different sets depending on the materials subject, location or related interests. Tumblr allows us to create more detailed posts about a particular subject, theme, material or person. We can include audio/visual resources and share material that is freely available online and would be useful for students and/or people accessing our archive. Twitter allows us to engage with students, lecturers and other archives in a concise way pointing out where to view our material. As a ‘micro-blogging’ platform we use this less formally and try to encourage as much debate/traffic as possible.
Although this project is new it has been going well and with more time to dedicate to the network I am hoping that this will really take off and get more students involved with the great work that the University archivists are doing.
This summer will be all about the personal projects!
I need to fall in love with photography again after the last few weeks. I also need to start on a portfolio of sorts. and begin to market myself -website, business cards that kinda thing. and make contacts. and the list goes on but I’ll stop.
I really enjoy reading your blog - I just wanted to ask why you decided to go to Berlin? as I find it quite a fascinating city personally
Firstly thank you for following me! That is a huge compliment I never know if anyone is listening! I actually went to Berlin as part of a field trip with my university. Our project at the time was entitled ‘The City’ and we got to choose whether to go to Berlin or stay and focus on somewhere in the UK. Surprisingly you didn’t have to ask me twice to go to Germany, I’ve never been before. Berlin has such an interesting past in terms of becoming a city, going through changes and then obviously the Berlin wall and the reunification of Germany all adds up to the perfect place to photograph ‘The City’.
I found Berlin to have a very nice vibe, a weird vibe at times but nonetheless a good one. I think it would be very interesting to live there as a young person the area we stayed in seemed very refreshing and alive. I’d happily go back for a better explore it was a brilliant week! I have a few more days to blog about so stay tuned for the next installment!
I’ve jumped on the bandwagon and created myself a little page for people to check out and keep updated on the kind of work I am making. It’d mean a lot to me if anyone would ‘like’ it and/or comment on my photos. Cheers!