We arrived in New York on the 3rd of January. On the morning of the 4th, ‘bomb cyclone’ was already in motion, dumping more than a foot of snow on parts of the Big Apple. The blizzard blanketed the city and created whiteout conditions with gusts reaching 49mph. It’s hard to put into words how cold it actually was. My main aim was to keep my camera from freezing up. Despite the conditions this didn’t stop the team from working hard to capture the students’ time out there.
Experiences that will stay with me
Photographing alumna, Sam Mclver, who experienced a moving visit to the New York Police Department headquarters where she was able to thank officers for their support when her aunt was killed in the Manchester bombings. Her aunt, Elaine McIver, had been a police officer with Cheshire Police. The NYPD officers had been in touch with Sam’s family and sent plaques and a card with their condolences.
Photographing DMU Students as they visited the 9/11 memorial at Ground Zero was a tough experience. I could see it had left an indelible mark on the students, it was a real struggle to take it in or to grasp. I lifted my camera but in honesty, it was difficult to capture seeing the faces of all the people that had lost their lives, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, people just like you and me.
The beautiful sunset over Manhattan taken from Brooklyn will definitely stay with me. It was hard to believe I was actually present in that moment.
New York is a city that never stops, never sleeps, a place I definitely want to return to.
P.S. I still need to get to grips with the Subway 😉
Diwali celebrations in Leicester are famously some of the biggest and best outside of India. The festivities are loudest along Belgrave Road, in the heart of the city’s Asian community, where the two main events take place each year.
The fantastic Diwali lights switch-on brings the Golden Mile alive with light and colour with Fireworks and over 6,000 lights, twinkling against the night sky. Two weeks of cultural celebrations are rounded off on Diwali day with a bang! A spectacular fireworks show is the culmination of a night of Bollywood dances and music performances.
Freshers were officially welcomed to De Montfort University Leicester as they attended the annual Matriculation ceremonies at The Venue@DMU.
Students were treated to a spectacular hour-long show which showcased all of the best things about the university and were given useful information about the various opportunities available to them during their time at DMU.
The unlimited power of the ocean, it’s great weight upon me, as I try to piece together the past and the present. The other evening in Cornwall while surfing , I sat on my board waiting for a wave, the light had changed to monochrome as I watched the sun become hidden behind the clouds, for just a second I felt like the colour of everything had been washed away, with no sense of time or worry, just me and my board and the calmness of the sea moving beneath me. I think it is true when people say ‘the ocean washes away everything’. It teaches you what is of true value, it helps you to heal and let’s face it we are all healing from something in this life. This wondrous place connects you to the earth with a sense of fear and awe.
‘It’s our own private church our own private temple’ – Documentary by Patagonia entitled ‘Fishpeople’.
Capturing surfing through the medium of photography is the ability to understand and connect to the joy each person has as they catch their own wave in life. I may not always be able to see their faces as I press the shutter, but I grasp the freedom and energy they feel in that moment. I have to take a picture.
The Be The Change Research Festival – named after the saying attributed to Gandhi that you must “be the change you wish to see in the world”. This was a showcase of the dynamic work being done across DMU with open audience debates throughout the day.
Researchers from the faculties of Business and Law, Arts, Design and Humanities, Health and Life Sciences and Technology gave short presentations. Each academic had 10 minutes to showcase an area of their work and take questions from the audience.
Beethoven’s famous 9th Symphony echoed in the rafters of a Leicester church on Saturday 17 June, as the DMU Orchestra celebrated their first birthday in impressive style.
Nearly 200 attended Leicester’s Church of St James the Greater, to celebrate the momentous occasion which DMU’s Music Department had been billing as the highlight of their 2016/17 calendar. It didn’t disappoint.
More than 800 students and staff (including myself) travelled with DMU to Berlin – one of the biggest European trips ever carried out by a UK university.
The students – from nearly 35 different courses – all had their own itineraries, making visits to businesses, organisations, museums and landmarks which will enrich the studies undertaken on their course.