©Onur Ercoşkun (Turkey), One Man Media, 2013, This shot was taken during the Gezi protests in Turkey. There are so many problems finding the right information about protests from the national media. Everyone who has a smartphone in the protests shared the truth by using social media to share with us. He was born in Istanbul, 1980. He finished his course at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Photography department, Turkey, in 2006. His academic expertise and specialism is black &white photography and documentary photography. He teaches in different foundations and courses, also giving workshops. He qualified to join many karma exhibitions in C4FAP, The Blank Wall Gallery etc. and won competitions: Fix Photo Festival, Duggal, Digital Photographer, Digital Camera World etc. in Europe and the USA.
The third international Reclaim Photography Festival, Reclaiming Our Future, returns to the West Midlands, UK, from Thursday 3 May to Tuesday 26 June 2018. The festival is also committed to encouraging involvement from young people, particularly those most disadvantaged, and to developing partnerships with the community.
As part of the festival, a special exhibition, will be held from 31 May to 26 June 2018, at the John Lewis Community Hub, Birmingham, from regional students and young people, along with regional, UK and international photographers, to help support our projects with children and young people.
The artists included are Adelina Recchia (UK), Brad Horton (UK), Catherine Peakman (UK), David Barrett (UK), Drifter Nick (UK), Emily Naylor (UK), Hanny Foxhall (UK), Jack Yong (Malaysia), Kieran B (UK), Oliver B (UK), Onur Ercoşkun (Turkey), Louis Painter (UK), Pete Davies (UK), Satish Guddu (UK).
After the success of their second festival in 2017, the aim was to continue to offer a completely inclusive and democratic festival with participation from amateur, student, professional and internationally exhibiting photographers, in addition to offering events, exhibitions, talks, professional work experience opportunities and awards.
Reclaiming Our Future – We live in an age of rapid acceleration. Advancements in technology, globalisation and climate change are significantly reshaping our communities, cultures, politics, workplaces and fundamental values. The aim of this year’s festival was to capture the impact surrounding these accelerations, and the creative energy and problem-solving initiatives being applied to meet the challenges of our era.
©Adelina Recchia (UK), Kiera, 2018 2018 I am an A-level photography student at Worcester Sixth Form College. My project is based on beauty and standards. My main focus was to challenge these unrealistic standards by producing images that portray the beauty of confidence.
©Brad Horton (UK), Minimalist, 2018, I am currently studying A-Level Photography after achieving an A in my first year at WSFC. I aspire to continue photography as a hobby where I am able to utilise my creativity.
©Catherine Peakman (UK), Sliding, 2018, This image was taken in February 2018 in Portugal. I was drawn to the simplicity of the landscape and the young man, preparing for his descent. I live in Rowley Regis with my partner and 6-year-old son. I aim to capture eccentric beauty in my photography through simple structures, colour, people, novelty and nostalgia.
©David Barrett (UK), There Are No Launderettes in Space, No 5, 2017, These pictures were found deep inside my subconscious and reflect imagined 1960’s childhood memories, aspirations and fears! When I was five years old I wanted to be an astronaut and hoped that the aliens I encountered would be friendly; this was the era of Telstar, moon landings and optimism. I thought I would grow up in a brighter better new world; childhood optimism? When I look around me now I see a fractured decaying society and a breakdown of community values; whatever happened to our future? Did we buy washing machines when we should have been building launderettes? David is a formally educated photographer who has in the past followed a commercial photography career path He now shoots the social landscape of England and enjoys full creative control of his self-initiated projects. David has a passion for Street Photography and embraces the challenge of relying on nothing more than “the favourable conspiracies of serendipitous elements “!
©Drifter Nick (UK), Urban Art: Berlin street style, 2016, Street Art – once viewed as a blight on the landscape – now enhances and energises urban environments. Taken in inner-city Berlin, the images reflect the transient environment which urban communities live and the conflict between old and new; producing a creative energy. Drifter Nick has an eye for detail and challenging urban photography. With a vast collection of digital images spanning 20 years, he has a passion for recording the transient nature of Street Art and has searched and found urban art across all four corners of the globe. The street art piece shown in this exhibition was created by American artist Nils Westergard and the image taken in Bülowstraße in the Schöneberg district of Berlin.
©Emily Naylor (UK),Memories, 2018, I am an A Level student at Worcester Sixth Form College. This photograph is part of my coursework project. I chose to explore the idea of family and the memories that family members share by photographing family photographs with corresponding objects.
©Hanny Foxhall (UK), Graffiti, 2017, Hanny Foxhall is a UK-based Mexican photographer with a passion for urban and suburban landscapes, the natural world and the environment. This image was captured along the Birmingham-Stratford canal during heavy snowfall brought by Storm Caroline, December 2017. Having developed an interest in photography as a teenager, she pursued a career in natural sciences. Her interests in science and photography have lead her to spend periods of time living in 5 different countries. After settling in the UK, she decided to focus her career entirely on photography. She has a strong interest in capturing the everyday moments in urban and suburban areas, often focusing on the natural elements present there.
©Jack Yong (Malaysia), Aberrance #3, 2017, Aberrance #3 questions man’s fantasy in using modern technology to replicate the landscape. With infrared photography theory in mind, this digitally altered forest exudes the conceivable alteration of the phenotype as a metaphoric rendition to the susceptible artificiality of the forest. Jack Yong’s photographs traverse amongst the disparate environments, fragmented nature and the duality of nature – culture dichotomy. Based in Malaysia, Jack explores the contrasts and contradictions of the delicate balance within urban life and expands the wonder of both natural and constructed elements in contemporary environment as a central focus in his artistic endeavours. He documents this permanent quest of transcendence as deviant documentary observations where the apparent objectivity interweaves with semantic ambiguity.
©Kieran B (UK), No Ropes Just Laces, 2017, I’ve always been interested in working with perception, scaling and surrealism. This print is one of four that demonstrates my experimentation, partly with scale and size in Photoshop and experimenting with perception; changing the scale of objects.
©Louis Painter, (UK), Just the two of us, 2018, Taken in a stream, while wandering the parks; stumbling across too many trolleys in lakes for a normal park to have, in my opinion. This says something about the lack of care people have for the environment and the rising concern about pollution. This photograph is from a project linking to the theme of “globalisation”. I chose to go along the path of global pollution, since most countries like China, the U.S.A or the UK, have very high pollution that could easily be lowered with more acknowledgement and action. My favourite thing about photography is the way it can open you up to small things you can miss on a daily basis when you aren’t looking. This photograph was taken because it was across a bridge that people would usually walk across looking down at their phones, not looking over at the trollies in streams.
©Oliver B (UK), Screen 1, 2018, I am currently at Worcester Sixth Form College studying A Level Photography. The project behind my final images was to create a second meaning by adding in an image on top of another image, and following John Stezaker’s style of photography.
©Pete Davies (UK), Canalside Burano, 2017, Burano, in the Venetian Lagoon, is under threat from rising sea levels. Enjoying a walk along the colourful canals of Burano may exist only in the memories of former visitors and residents, as a consequence of changing climate. Based in Birmingham, Pete Davies began making photographs in the age of film over 25 years ago, in the darkroom he constructed at home. Photography is a perfect accompaniment to his broad interests in the natural world, including walking, nature, astronomy and industrial archeology.
©Satish Guddu, (UK) Veins of a City, 2018, My photo ‘Veins of a City’ forms part of a London cityscape collection that I had long wanted to capture and present. After finding several suitable vantage points, I was able to capture the city from these fascinating perspectives. As a self-employed web designer I’ve long been involved in creative pursuits, but I only took up photography as a serious hobby in 2016, when I decided to join Instagram. My daily life was never the same again and I’ve been out taking photos every week since. I enjoy all types of photography and the challenge that each style presents. Though my recent focus has been on urban, architecture and portrait photography.