Back online

Posted in graduate school by Kevin Vu on October 27, 2007

Bus stop. London.
© Kevin T. Vu

Hey guys, well, i’m back online. i know its been a while, but i didnt have internet and then the final term of the course started so everything has been a little hectic. We have about a month left before everything is due so i’m trying to get everything together and do my edit. It’s been really frustrating talking to all the tutors. Views are so subjective that everyone says something totally different. As I keep looking at my work over and over, it turns into something that i really loved into something that becomes very lacklustre. It’s been very difficult trying to juggle everything from book design, photographing, and editing. Photography forces you to be a jack of all trades. Its not just about pushing a button. Its about a process in which there is the inception of the idea with an eventual turn into the delivery of your story to your audience, be it multimedia, book, exhibition, magazine, etc etc.  And now, we have very little time to get this to all come together.



Posted in graduate school by Kevin Vu on May 1, 2007

Three quarters of the MA Photojournalism course. Elephant & Castle, London.
© Rebecca Paige Green (Assisted by Tom Hunter)

We had a good workshop today on using large format cameras. Tom Hunter was very patient and helpful with us considering none of us, besides Ed, had an understanding of how large format works. We were able to enjoy the beautiful day outside taking portraits of each other and ending up with one final portrait of all of us. Unfortunately, not everybody in our course was there so some people are missing. Afterwards, Thomas and I headed over to the Heygate Estate to check it out some more and then it was off to the Royal Geographic Society to see Ian Berry speak about his photography. So it has been a real long day. And to end the night, heading home on the bus, I was able to sit right in the middle of a huge verbal assault between, at 1st, one lady, which ended up being between 8 people. I could’ve moved, but me having this sense of being a ‘photojournalist’ decided to stay seated where I was, which was right in the middle of it, to see how everything would pan out. The whole scene lasted for about 10 minutes and the driver actually had to stop the bus to warn them that we wouldn’t budge if they kept going at it. I loved it! You know that feeling when something is starting to brew and its just gonna spill over. Well, that was exactly what it was.

Term Starts Again

Posted in graduate school by Kevin Vu on April 19, 2007

Dishes sitting on the counter of a diner. Scotland.
© Kevin T. Vu

So, here we are again. It seems like its been a while since i’ve written anything on this blog. I’ve been quite busy since term started on monday again and all the projects were due. so its been a hectic past 2 weeks. i was really excited about the course starting again since the actual course time is rather short. We only have so many lectures before summer kicks in. Its crazy the amount of time we have of vacation for a MA program that’s only a year long. i would have thought it woud be relatively intense, but i havent really gotten that feeling since i’ve been here. i think this term will be more intensive because we have to take 2 additional course electives, which is actually not electives since our department requires us to take the photojournalism ones. The one course elective i really wanted to take was the creative business course. i think that would have been interesting and would have prepared me for reality once i get out of LCC. But, unfortunately, due to lack of interest, it is not being offered. I’m also taking 2 additional ‘bolt-ons’ (electives i get to take but doesnt count towards my assessment). They are experimental web design and web production. i’m trying to get as web/multimedia savvy as i can while i’m on the course. i think the internet offers a lot in terms of distribution and marketing. and we can do it on a grassroots level which would help with costs since there’s definitely a lack of funds for me. So i’m trying to be as busy as i can, watching tutorials from when i’m not doing anything, so i can be ahead of the curve. I also have to get going on the term project, which is about the redevelopment scheme going on around the university. so we’ll see how the cards fall as the term progresses.

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