Wendy Aldiss

Last Diploma in Photography student at Trent Polytechnic

Jackie Topham

One of my fellow “last Diploma in Photography” students at Trent Polytechnic taken in approx 1980/81. After our year group the course changed to a degree level one as the Polytechnic moved towards becoming a University.

For some reason root vegetables were over represented in still life work, not sure why.

Jackie is using a Weston Euromaster light meter to work out exposure, an essential tool in fully manual photography. We were incredibly fortunate to learn all manual photography from the ground up.

Violin making


Part of a second year photo project at Trent Polytechnic to illustrate the courses available at Newark College. This was taken in the violin making school approx 1981/2.

I was accompanying the designer who was also a student and who would make the prospectus for the college. We had very little time in each department and building so was a bit rushed but going into the violin school there was an immediate sense of peace and I wanted to capture the calmness.

I had prints of these on the wall of my darkroom at Tony Stone Images, perhaps hoping that some of the feel of craftsmanship in them would rub off on me in some way!


Letting the glue set.

Awaiting images

I’m currently digitizing my college projects so just a few portraits of fellow pupils here at the moment.

Julie Marsh

Last Diploma in Photography student at Trent Polytechnic

Peter McGovern

Last Diploma in Photography student at Trent Polytechnic

Euan Duff

Euan Duff. Photography course leader
I found Euan to be an inspirational teacher. You can see some of his work here.
Trent Polytechnic. Nottingham.

Pete Richards

Last Diploma in Photography student at Trent Polytechnic