Patrick

Sampson

United Kingdom
The course had a very direct effect on me securing employment and starting a new career in the photography industry.

More about Patrick

Since graduating from our BA (Hons) Photography course in 2013, Patrick has secured a Photography Assistant role to successful London-based photographer, Pål Hansen. Patrick recently returned to NTU to share his experience of life after University with our current students. We caught up with him to reflect on his time on the course.

What made you choose to study at NTU?
“I was the Store Manager at the Nottingham American Apparel store and wanted to change direction, escape a career in retail and follow a passion I had developed since taking my A-Levels.

“I knew that NTU had a highly esteemed Photography course so it made perfect sense.”

What did you enjoy most about studying BA (Hons) Photography?
“I was surprised to enjoy the theoretical side of the course so much and found out that I loved writing essays, something I hadn’t enjoyed in my previous education. Taking knowledge from lectures and building it into my own work was really rewarding.”

What have you been up to since graduating?
“I’m currently working as a Photography Assistant to another NTU graduate, Pål Hansen. I was recommended to Pål as he needed an assistant and have been working with him for four years. The course had a very direct effect on me securing employment and starting a new career in the photography industry.

“Since graduating I have also been featured in a number of photographic competitions, produced photo books and essays, some of which have been sold and published worldwide. I have sold my photography for music album covers and was a Featured Artist by WeTransfer, having my images exhibited on their website in 2016.”

What do you most enjoy about your current role?
“Everyday is different and I’m able to continually develop my skill set. I’m able to apply the skills I learn through work to my own photography.”

What was the most valuable lesson you learnt from your course?
“To trust my own judgement in terms of my photography. As long as you really believe in the work you’re doing, you should continue doing it. I also learnt a lot about self-discipline and how to really focus on a task.”

“Why would you recommend your course to someone looking to study Photography?
“The course was great and includes a nice balance between the practical and theoretical side of the subject. You have enough time to go out and work independently whilst benefiting from brilliant tutors and great facilities.”

Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
“I hope to be working in or around photography and to be continuing to develop my own practice.”

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