Photography Graduate Set to Exhibit at Manchester Museum
A University Centre at Blackburn College graduate has received national coverage in the run up to holding a prestigious photography exhibition at Manchester Museum.
Martin Wilson, 36, graduated in October 2018 from the University Centre at Blackburn College with a BA (Hons) Photography with first-class honours.
The programme is validated by UK Top 10 Lancaster University.
Martin’s exhibition involves showcasing the ‘red list’ of rare and endangered insects within the UK and he is delighted at the fact that so many people came to see his work in such a large, distinguished gallery.
Since graduating from the University Centre at Blackburn College, Martin has seen a meteoric rise in his profile as a photographer and his exhibition has been covered my national publications, including Countryfile.
He said: “I can’t believe that my work will be seen by so many people in such a large, established gallery.
“The exhibition came about after working with the entomologists at Manchester Museum where I photographed rare and endangered insects from the Museum’s 3.5 million collection.
“When photographing the insects, I use the process of ‘focus stacking’ which is a digital image processing technique where multiple images are taken at different focus distances to produce an image with a greater depth of field.”
“It’s fantastic to have the support of Manchester Museum and hopefully the exhibition will raise awareness to the plight of these insects and the damage that we are doing to their habitat.”
Richard Peregrine, Photography Lecturer at the University Centre at Blackburn College said: “We are thrilled for Martin and so proud of the work that he has created.
“It is a major achievement for a student to secure such a major exhibition which is testament to Martin’s hard work and vision.
“As well as using his own version of focus stacking, Martin uses software that allows focussing in ‘microns’, with each image comprising sometimes hundreds of exposures to allow all parts of microscopic creatures to be in focus.
“He has pioneered this technique from research undertaken on his current BA (Hons) Photography and we are greatly looking forward to seeing his work in situ within the Manchester Museum.”
Martin previously worked as an engineer for sixteen years before pursuing a career change as a Photographer. Martin has also been shortlisted for the prestigious final round of the Association of Photographers (AOP) Student Awards with not one but two of his images selected.
Martin added: “The continued support of my tutors has given me the skill set and confidence to be able to produce these high quality macro images.
“My images will be available to buy in various mediums from Manchester Museum’s shop such as diaries and posters, and you can buy high quality prints from my website www.marvwilsonphotography.com”.
17 Jan 2019, 14:42 PM