Lucy Courtney

OCA tutor and assessor Les Monaghan looks at the work of BA Hons Photography student Lucy Courtney.

Les singles out a set of images from assignment 1 of Context and Narrative and Lucy’s ability to communicate something really direct. She lets us into her life where she is a wife and carer to her husband with Alzheimers. She uses her camera as a vehicle for human feeling, the images are immediately apparent and powerful. The frame is filled with details, the studium* as you move around wanting to look further.

Les Monaghan – Lucy Courtney from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

*studium: )


  1. stephanie dhubert 14 June 2017 at 4:29 pm

    It is really nice to discover Lucy’s work and to look at how – while documenting her husband illness – she also negotiates with this project her role both as photographer and subject deeply involved in what she observes through the lens.
    The way Lucy holds the camera at times, extending her arm to get a different perspective (therefore offering her audience a rare perspective too) is such wise strategy, I personally felt very close to the subject and it created a proximity with the persons that is not always easy to elicit photographically. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Jennifer 14 June 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Congratulations, Lucy!

    1. Lucy Courtney 16 June 2017 at 3:11 pm

      Thanks Allan

  3. Allan O'Neill 16 June 2017 at 2:11 pm

    Great work Lucy!

    Good luck to you both.


    1. Lucy Courtney 16 June 2017 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Allan

  4. Lynda Kuit 16 June 2017 at 5:46 pm

    They are a wonderful set of images Lucy – very evocative. Congrats!

  5. Doug Bell 16 June 2017 at 8:35 pm

    Well done Lucy. The very personal nature of these images really comes across. I will be looking out for the next assignment with anticipation.

  6. Andrea Norrington 17 June 2017 at 10:12 am

    Wonderful to see this work selected and to hear Les describe it. The work struck me the first time I saw it. Good luck on the next course Lucy.

    1. Lucy 19 June 2017 at 9:33 am

      Thank you Andrea


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