A University Photography student has taken part in a celebration of photographic talent in Yorkshire.
Stuart Hyde, 57, originally from Dudley but now living in Andalucia, Spain, has recently graduated with a first class honours degree and was shortlisted as one of the Emerging Photographers for Redeye 2017. He presented his work ‘Songs For The Deaf’ 2017 at a conference in Roco, Sheffield, a dedicated Creative Hub set up to support the growth and development of Sheffield’s Creative Industries.
Stuart exhibited his work as part of a day-long celebration of photographic talent from Yorkshire and beyond.
The Hothouse Sheffield event was organised by photography network, Redeye – a not-for-profit Community Benefit Society set up to support photographers and build networks. Based in Manchester, UK, it has subscribers and users across the UK.
Stuart’s twenty year career as a professional singer/musician came to an abrupt end by surgery resulting in deafness. Since then he re-engaged with silver based photography as his primary means of expression. From projects examining silence in the landscape, to performance based self-portraiture, Stuart considers his photographs as ‘Songs for the Deaf’.
Stuart said: “Redeye’s Hothouse events are a remarkable platform for photographers to show their work and the opportunity to be a part of their rich and varied programme is incredible.
“The course of study at the University of Wolverhampton, particularly the encouragement and support in engaging with the wider photographic community, has given me the skills and confidence necessary to take my work to the next level. The structure of the BA Photography programme has enabled me to develop a network of contacts, from industry professionals, through to curators and publishers that is now proving hugely rewarding.”
Dr Peter Day, Senior Lecturer in Photography at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “Stuart has continued to make original and innovative work that deals with issues about his personal circumstances. He is a mature student who has had a number of health problems over the years and his body and emotions play a large part in defining and making his work.
“It is positive recognition, from a nationally recognised organisation of the quality and standard of the emerging work that students are producing whilst on the BA Photography Programme.”