Behind the Scenes, University of St Andrews

Recently as a group we were delighted to be invited to spend time at the University of St Andrews, taking a look at what goes on behind the scenes, seeing the little moments which make the historic educational establishment run on a daily basis. From gardeners to waiting staff, from members of staff to the choirs and students themselves, little glimpses of  daily life are being captured building into a larger set which will in time we hope be exhibited or published. But for now the chronicling of the corridors of education in St Andrews continues…

 

Heather Bremner cleans Younger Hall, prior to the installation ceremony of Professor Sally Mapstone as Principal and Vice-Chancellor – Behind the scenes at the University of St. Andrews. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Preparations for a ceremonial dinner at Lower College Hall – Behind the scenes at the University of St. Andrews. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2016, all rights reserved.

 

The ceremonial Macebearers take the ancient and valuable mace’s from the safe, in the Vestry of St Salvator’s Chapel, prior to the installation ceremony of Professor Sally Mapstone as Principal and Vice-Chancellor – Behind the scenes at the University of St. Andrews. ©Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Students having gowns adjusted after coming off stage at the Younger Hall at the University of St. Andrews, on graduation day, 30th November, 2016. ©Colin McPherson, 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Bell ringers at St. Salvator’s Chapel at the University of St. Andrews, on graduation day, 30th November, 2016. ©Colin McPherson, 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Newly graduated students at St. Salvator’s Chapel grounds at the University of St. Andrews, on graduation day, 30th November, 2016. ©Colin McPherson, 2016, all rights reserved.

 

Adam Taylor and his team of gardeners from the Estates, Grounds and Recycling Services carry out some spring time planting in the garden at Edgecliff House. This year they have planted over 11,000 tulip bulbs and 2000 crocus bulbs around the campus. Behind the scenes at The University of St Andrews, 30th March 2017. ©Sophie Gerrard 2017, all rights reserved.

 

Dame Anne Pringle, Senior Governor of The University of St Andrews University, April 2017. Photographed at University House – the Principle’s Residence at the University of St Andrews.
For the first time in the history of The University of St Andrews four of the senior positions are now held by women (Principal, Senior Governor, Rector and Student President). ©Sophie Gerrard 2017, all rights reserved.

 

Charlotte Andrew, President of the Students’ Association, St Andrews University, April 2017. Photographed at University House – the Principle’s Residence at the University of St Andrews.
For the first time in the history of The University of St Andrews four of the senior positions are now held by women (Principal, Senior Governor, Rector and Student President). ©Sophie Gerrard 2017, all rights reserved.

 

 

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Self, #1

“A couple of months ago Document Scotland were invited by Stephen Mather, at the City of Glasgow College, to give a talk on documentary photography, and also to set a brief for  the student’s documentary photography module on which they were about to embark. We chose the title, or subject, of ‘Self’ as the brief, asking the students to tell  us who they were in 10 images or less. And then we sat back and await the results coming in by email.

It was great to see the different interpretations of the short brief, and to see who had also read the ‘rules’ of the brief. We negotiated the project like a real assignment out in the commercial editorial world, images had to adhere to certain size constraints, have IPTC information and metadata filled out etc. Alas, some students missed these things out, but many did not.

We mentioned whilst setting the brief that we’d post some of the work on our blog, and today Ladies and Gents, we do just that. The work below comes from student Chantel Ng, and she has written a few words to introduce it.” – Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

 

“This project was chosen to illustrate a significant current event in my life. I have been short-sighted since the age of 12. Being dependent on both prescription glasses and contact lens was a hindrance to me. I wake up every day with poor vision. On awaking in the morning, I reach for my glasses. Then, the hated routine of fitting the contact lens (and removing them before bed) has to occur. Since becoming a photography student 3 years ago, my vision further deteriorated. So, 3 weeks ago (in Nov2012) I decided, it was time to get perfect vision back. Since having laser treatment on both eyes, I no longer need prescription glasses or contact lens. The same daily routine I had for 20 years has finally come to an end. This little routine had been carried out every day in my life for 20 years. However, this marks a whole new beginning of my life.

Thank you for looking at my project.” – Chantel Ng.

“How I saw my blurred self”, ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“The most frightening moment, staring into the flashing red and green light before the laser cuts both my eyes cornea”. ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“Eye examination (slit lamp) chair, eyes checked after laser eye surgery”. ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“In bed the whole day after my laser eye surgery, eyes sore, vision highly senitive to light.” ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“A pair of sunglasses and a bag full of eye drops for post surgery.” ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“A fresh new day after my laser eye surgery, new beginning of my life.” ©Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

“Journey to my college with a whole new perspective.” © Chantel Ng, 2013, all rights reserved.

 

At the moment Chantel does not have a website or Twitter account, but you can email Chantel here. Many thanks for looking.

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