Portrait of a 1980s Art Student

Trent Polytechnic, Bonnington Building, Photography department, studio 1.

An art student kindly poses as I test out a pre war  Voigtländer Brilliant twin lens reflex camera. Circa 1981

Fellow flatmate

Student accommodation, Flat 8, Hampden Street, Nottingham, 1979/80

Fellow flatmate

Student accommodation, Flat 8, Hampden Street, Nottingham, 1979/80

Fellow flatmate

Student accommodation, Flat 8, Hampden Street, Nottingham, 1979/80

Fellow flatmate

Student accommodation, Flat 8, Hampden Street, Nottingham, 1979/80

Maxim Piatigorsky

Maxim Piatigorski, sculptor in wood at his workshop on Anglsey in Wales Late 80s / early 90s. Maxim was the brother of Ilya whom I shared a flat with in a house in Brockley.

Student Accommodation Nottingham 1980/1

Second year house share in Lees Hill Road, Sneinton, Nottingham. Pretty basic facilities and very cold in the winter but the landlord was a nice guy and the rent was reasonable.

Memories of staying up late into the night programming a newly acquired Sinclair ZX81 computer. I needed to get rid of it a year later as its logic blocked what I needed to do for photography. I gave the computer away to a Chinese student in my next accomodation in Burns street, he in turn gave me a red silk tie, I think I may still have it somewhere.

Chips again Ste?

Image from a documentary project. Student accommodation, Flat 8 Hampden Street, Nottingham, NG1 4FF. Pentax K1000 camera, 50mm f2 lens, Ilford HP5 film.

Going straight from school to Polytechnic was not an easy journey, the art students I shared first year accommodation with were older and more world wise. They were good guys and I hope that life has treated them well since I last saw them in 1980.

James

 

 

Taken in April 1986. James was a vibrant and energetic friend, his voice filled the large Victorian house I rented rooms in as he came to visit Adam and others.

He died too soon and before I could make peace over some silly misunderstanding. Sorry James.