An MA Commercial Photography graduate has had one of his projects published by the BBC website
Luke Archer’s feature on the BBC website, titled Life on the Rock, was based on a selection of photos he took during time spent in Gibraltar for his Masters project.
The AUB graduate, who set up a free photography magazine called Loupe in 2016 and is currently putting the finishing touches to Issue 8, said the idea for the work came about thanks to his connections to the British Overseas Territory at the southern tip of Spain.
We recently caught up with him to find out more about his work and his time at AUB.
How did the project come about?
I have family who live on Gibraltar and it’s somewhere that has always intrigued me. I have always wanted to base a project there and the MA gave me the perfect opportunity to undertake a long-term body of work. Plus with the potential impact Brexit could have on Gibraltar it was the right project at the right time.
How did you get it published?
I have been emailing the work to picture editors and Phil at the BBC was one of many I have approached. Pretty much all the features I’ve had are the result of me showing people my work and I think that’s the same for most photographers – it’s definitely not about sitting back and hoping people will see your work on your website. With this body of work, I
How does it feel to see your work on the BBC website?
It is always great to have your work featured. The BBC is amazing because it has such a huge and international reach, it means a more diverse group of people see the work – it travels beyond the photography bubble. I’ve had a few people with family connections to Gibraltar contact me which is always nice, someone’s Dad had built the pillbox I photographed in World War 2 and showed me a picture of him standing in front of his handy work in the 1980s.
How did you enjoy your time at AUB?
I have to be honest and say studying an MA was tough. I had the added challenge of commuting down from London. However, it’s been totally worth it, I’ve studied alongside some very talented people and my tutors have been amazingly accommodating and supportive throughout. I wouldn’t have had the drive to undertake this project without the framework of the MA.
What role has the MA played in your work?
For me a lot of my photography to date has been working out what I don’t want to do! The MA has helped refine my practice, it’s given me the space and time to work out the direction I do want to go in. Although my work might not seem typically ‘commercial’ the benefit of studying on a commercially focused MA was that it made me look at my work with a commercial eye. It has helped me realise the sort of commissions and work I can look for going forward.
Find out more about MA Commercial Photography at AUB.