Graduating Student Sam Grant Shares his Successes

Q. Hey Sam, you recently graduated from BA Hons Photography at Coventry University, can you tell us a little of what has been happening since?

A. Hey, yes sure! Coventry University bought the rights to the film I made on the course – I was told that they were interested in acquiring my work after my degree show. Interestingly they never actually told me what they wanted to use it for but I saw no downsides to allowing them to use it and It was hard to say no to leaving uni with a few hundred pounds to spend on equipment.

 

Q. That’s great, can you tell us more about what the work was?

A. Interestingly for a photography course my piece was not still image work. It was a two -minute experimental film exploring sensory issues experienced by those living with autistic spectrum disorder. I used my own history with using water to deal with the overloads I would experience due to my autism. It was a conflicted feeling. Water allowed me to take myself out of my experience. You can shut off unpleasant or overbearing stimuli by focusing on one sensation but it was a lonely experience (and I nearly flooded the house).

 

Q. That sounds really interesting, thanks for sharing. What else have you been up to?

A. Photomonitor awarded me most significant work at the CUPh degree show  and at some point in August, Photomonitor will be interviewing me so I will get to discuss my work on a great platform and hopefully leave the course with significant exposure. I am a writer as well as a photographer (my first article was published as a blog on the Huffington Post), and I am hoping that giving myself more opportunities to speak and write about my work and the work of others can help me grow as an academic. I would love to teach my own module on capturing the body of the other given that as a brown disabled person I often feel limited or marginalised by my body. In the meantime, me and my friend Anna just ran a workshop on neurodiversity (autism, asperger’s, etc.) at the Tate Modern at their first neurodiverse event. 

Q. Where can we see the work?

A.  It is intended to be watched on three screens (with the film switching from screen to screen) but it still works like this. I have also done an artist talk to see what it looked like in context and so I could gather some thoughts on my own work.