Exhibition: People and Place – Hannah Logan 11th September, 2017

When I left high school in 2011 I found out about the Communication Design course on the GSA website, I made a portfolio on the GSA Continued Education course and in 2012 I began my degree; Art school encourages you to put your work on a wall. “Live with your work” is something that my tutor said to me this year, suggesting I place my printed photographs around my flat and studio desk space. I think digital photos can be so easily hidden and forgotten on hard drives, so this process was liberating for me and for my work. This exhibition was my degree show; I graduated from GSA this summer with a B.A in Design after my 3 rd year, so I wasn’t part of the big degree show in June. I really enjoyed putting on the event, and inviting friends, strangers and even Glasgow based photographers whose work I admire to come and see my photographs and selected
coursework.

During my 6 years of being at The Art School, 2 of which were spent recovering from and coming to terms with having bipolar disorder, I’ve learned about a lot of visual communication rules. I’ve listened to a lot of opinions and views. I’ve looked at Art School from the outside and then from inside out. I’ve taken breaks and then had another go at it. My momentum has been lost at times and I’ve had to work hard to get back onboard.

By making this personal exercise of reviewing the photographs I had taken over the past 6 years into a public exhibition (the first I’d ever hosted) others could join me as I looked for connections and themes, the good bits and the bad bits and for a sense of direction as I look forward. This experience, the feedback and resulting conversations I’ve since had with the audience have given me ideas that I can now explore further. I’m excited to start working as a photographer.