With a passion for photography and eye for an image, photojournalism student from Swindon Deborah Coleman, 49, has attracted the attention of the New Yorker’s visuals editor.
Elisabeth Biondi of the New Yorker reviewed Deborah’s work after the third year class at the University of Gloucestershire submitted a selection of work to Source, a quarterly magazine of contemporary photography. Elisabeth joined Charlotte Cotton, Creative Director from the National Media Museum as special guest curators, making their choices from Graduate Photography 2010.
Deborah’s portfolio focused on the repatriation of servicemen and women to nearby RAF Lyneham and the moving tributes paid to them in the Wiltshire town of Wootton Bassett.
"Over 650 students submitted work to Source Graduate Photography Online," said Deborah. "There were two industry professionals invited to review the work. I was really pleased that they approved my work in Wootton Bassett; it’s a project I’m continuing to document as it’s such an important story."
Praising Deborah’s work, Elisabeth said, "her pictures are honest and without frills. She brings us emotionally close to what she observes. Her pictures move us deeply, making us think about loss in our own life."
Deborah has recently graduated with a BA Honours in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography, and following the end of her studies was offered a three month contract as a hospital medical photographer.
She lives in The Lawn and is also working on other documentary projects and is keen to undertake further forensic and medical projects, but the Wootton Bassett project remains particularly close to her heart.
"What started out as a few local people paying their respects has now escalated sadly, due to the all too frequent repatriations from conflict," said Deborah. "I wanted to show the sadness and grief of the relatives and friends in a considered and compassionate way."
To find out more about Graduate Photography 2010 online, see www.source.ie
See also www.deborahjcolemanphotography.co.uk