Shock and Awe – Baking pie with Ethan Rafel

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IMG_4858smallThe third year students were experienced a different type of Artist talk recently with Ethan Rafel and his work ‘Shock and Awe’ – an autobiographical long term photographic work, motivated by 9/11 and the events that followed and in response to the war and  ‘homeland decay’.


In Ethan’s unique style, for his ‘artist’s talk’ we took to the kitchens to bake Walnut Pie – we heard about and from the work whilst mixing flour and butter and making jigsaws!  This was certainly one of the more unusual ways in which photographic projects have been presented to the students, giving them a lot of food for thought (pun thoroughly intended!) for the variety of ways in which we can interact with photographic work and the ways in which it can bring people together.


Take a look at the project, which Ethan is currently touring around Europe. The book and tour was enabled through funding from his kickstarter campaign:


Emma Lambert

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