Seminar with Silvana
On the 1st November 2020, I was lucky enough to be able to listen in to a talk by photographer Silvana Trevale all about her practice over the years and how it has developed to what it is today.
Silvana began the lecture by introducing us to her earliest work from her days in university. She explained the decisions in each year she was at the University of Huddersfield with her first year being dedicated to fashion photography, her second year exploring alternative fashion and her final year project on fashion and documentary.
I found her final year project especially interesting as it relates to the project in which I wish to carry out in my final year. As I am interested in fashion photography and want to expand to working in a documentary style I found it very inspirational.
Silvana and Lockdown
Silvana went onto explain how she is managing producing word during the lockdown period. She states "It is a difficult time for everyone at the moment, finding and producing work proves to be difficult". She encouraged us to stay positive and try to make the most out of what we've got at the moment.
Still being in lockdown, I was starting to get increasingly more worried on how I was going to produce work during this time but with her reassurance that we shouldn't give up, I'm prepared to learn to adapt to the situation and work with what materials I have.
I was hugely inspired by the work she produced during the first lockdown of her boyfriend Tom. She went on to explain that she was finding it difficult with herself being stuck in lockdown here in the UK and her family being in her home country of Venezuela. She spoke about Tom as a person makes her feel at home which myself and the class ultimately found completely adorable.
One comment that I found very interesting was that of "lockdown has provided a new way of finding yourself and trying new things" which is an interesting concept which I would like to try in my shoots during my final year experience.
Tips from Silvana.
- Silvana encouraged us to go on as many trips as possible once safe as you never know what opportunity's you could run into along the way.
- Looking out for courses was something she said was important and I am very inclined to agree being someone who loves to learn.
- Keeping an eye on any opportunity's going whether its big or small its always good to take part even to just work on your portfolio.
- She explained that following your intuition is very important! if something just feels right then go with it.
- Taking your camera everywhere because again, you never know when an opportunity might appear.
- Always enter your work into competitions even if you don't think you will win. She explained that its a very good way to gain credibility for your name.
- Finally, working with creative clients who share your vision.
What will I take away from this?
I was hugely inspired to create after coming away from Silvana's talk. After learning about all of her studies and especially how she has learned to adapt throughout the lockdown experienced has pushed me to want to create.
I was especially grateful for hearing the tips that she ad to give to students studying photography as following them will potentially lead me to the most successful outcome my images and help to grow my confidence as a photographer.