Northbrook photography student, Michael Fleming has been chosen as a finalist for the national photography competition, FE Week and Me.
Out of 982 students who entered the competition across the country, Michael was chosen as one of 10 finalists.
The competition was organised by FE Week in partnership with NCFE and challenged learners in further education to submit a pictures that depicted student life through the eyes of students. Michael was set the brief in his Digital Arts Diploma course as part of his photographic project.
Michael said” When I received the news I was on the train heading to college. Not only was I surprised to see I got an email from FE week but it said I had been short listed down to 10 out of the 982 students across the whole of England. Once I read all the email I instantly had to tell my tutor and I was really pleased to have been chosen. I really enjoyed the project and am so inspired by my course.”
Michael says of his work “My image is about the stress students face with the work that they are doing on their course. I wanted to create an image that showed this through the scattered objects and reliance on energy drinks to complete work. The darkened, moody atmosphere was tweaked in postproduction after being shot in the photo studio with limited high key lighting. I also wanted to create a poster which showed that there was support and help with issues of stress and that many students face these shared experiences.”