John Umney

OCA tutor and assessor looks at the work of Level 3 student John Umney. John’s body of work and written project weave together to tell a story about the way a place or object can act as a point of awakening, evoking true or false memories or indeed fictional narratives based on the contents of your mind.

John Umney, Photography 3 – Robert Enoch from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Read John’s thesis here.



  1. Peter Mansell 18 October 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I looked at this while watching They were Not Divided on TV – one of my late dad’s favourties. The two things resonated. 🙂

  2. Stephanie d'Hubert 18 October 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for featuring John’s work and approach which I have been following for a while and find really thought provoking and inspiring. Excellent essay indeed.

  3. Catherine 18 October 2016 at 4:00 pm

    I’m pleased to see John’s work being shown here. It’s such a creative project, drawing me into his journey through his ‘memories’ and the essay provides rich contextual background.

  4. Michael Colvin 19 October 2016 at 3:35 pm

    I never tire of seeing this piece of work, John. The images become more and more nuanced with each reading. As I’m now at level 3 myself I will enjoy taking some time to read your critical essay as something to aspire to!

    1. John276778 19 October 2016 at 7:37 pm

      Thanks Michael, I have taken a great deal of inspiration from your work, and still do. Looking forward to meeting up next time.

      1. Amano - Photographic Studies 22 October 2016 at 11:01 am

        John, I shall respond to your work soon, but in the meantime, I have also drawn inspiration from your work Michael …

  5. Michael Colvin 23 October 2016 at 8:11 am

    Thank you Amano.


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