Peter Mansell

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Student work uncovered – Peter Mansell from Open College of the Arts on Vimeo.

Jesse Alexander and Sharon Boothroyd talk about Peter Mansell’s work for Photography 2:Landscape. In the video they refer to the work of John Davies.

The video is best watched full screen to fully appreciate Peter’s work.


  1. anned 15 May 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Well done Pete, I really like “impact on the landscape” too. Certainly makes me reflect there are no excuses possible for not getting on with my work in landscape the best I can – and in my own way. So – for more than one reason – very inspiring.

    1. clk55pete 15 May 2013 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks Anne – I was both surprised and chuffed. Gareth emailed alerting me to the item just as it came through…

  2. Catherine 15 May 2013 at 3:12 pm

    A very interesting and creative approach Peter – definitely well-done!

  3. clk55pete 15 May 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Thanks Catherine

    1. Clk55pete 15 May 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks Keith

  4. jsumb 15 May 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I’ll add my congratulations as well! Well done.

    1. Clk55pete 15 May 2013 at 5:34 pm

      Thanks JSU

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 9:18 am

      Thanks Helen

  5. Eileen 15 May 2013 at 8:19 pm

    It’s great to see your work here Pete. As you know, I liked your chair-bound set very much. The contrast between these and the wider landscape pictures is powerful. Excellent work – congratulations!

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Eileen. I think I must be getting vain as I watched the video again this morning….

      1. Gareth 16 May 2013 at 2:23 pm

        I think that is permissible Pete. In fact I think you should bookmark it and come back and listen to it again if ever you feel stuck.

        1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 3:09 pm

          Good point Gareth

  6. Shaun-in-Munich 16 May 2013 at 10:11 am

    Hi Pete, great to see the work in it’s final form and particularly impressed with the “In the Style Of” set. Having struggled so badly with that myself I appreciate the challenges you faced.

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Shaun. The video doesn’t show the sharpness of the submitted photos but I was please with the set. I’m also really glad I stuck to my guns on the subject matter for the linking theme as it paid off!

  7. Rob Bloomfield 16 May 2013 at 11:39 am

    First time I’ve seen the landscape work, keep challenging the genres pete! One of the most interesting things for me is the wheelchair viewpoint in the colour work. To state the obvious, I’m seeing a different PoV. Going to be thinking about that..

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 12:15 pm

      Thanks Rob. You can see how I got the idea for the square crop in YOP….

  8. Hazel 16 May 2013 at 12:00 pm

    Just back from few days away and it was lovely to see your work and the wheelchair viewpoint. I sometimes go out with a friend who is over 6′ while I am a lot shorter and the difference in viewpoints is quite marked. I am looking forward to starting landscape once my assessment is handed in even more now.

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks Hazel.

  9. southliving 16 May 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Credit given where due, nice one Pete!

    Also interesting to hear two tutors discussing a body of work…

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks Dewald – now back to Martha Rosler’s The Bowery and two inadequate descriptive systems…..

  10. Stephanie Hollis 16 May 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Very interesting work Pete, which I find a sensitive and powerful perspective. I like the framing, and especially like the square image of what looks like a wardrobe. And I like the sense of subtle humour. Is this autobiographical?

    1. clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks Stephanie. Yep – the series was autobiographical in the sense that the brief was a linking theme and so I used it to express some of the issues I think about in relation the the physical environment.

      1. Stephanie Hollis 16 May 2013 at 4:44 pm

        Sorry, I didnt put my question very well. I asked because I was interested to know if the work was an observation of another’s situation or whether it is from your own perspective as a disabled person. I am interested because of my own situation re mobility. Please feel free to not answer this question.

        1. Clk55pete 16 May 2013 at 5:41 pm

          I understand Stephanie. Yes I’m a wheelchair user. I don’t stand or walk at all due to a spinal cord injury following a car crash some 34 years ago.

          All the best


        2. Stephanie Hollis 16 May 2013 at 5:55 pm

          Thank you Peter. It’s good to see clear and creative visual communication of such a high quality from your perpective.

  11. Warren (FrattonFreak) 17 May 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I’m a student about 1/2 way through TAOP so I do enjoy seeing work of students further down the line from me in terms of inspiration and ideas.

    I enjoyed the images individually but the powerful contrast for me was the change between restriction and freedom in terms of the different sets of images shown in the video. The first set was very powerful and thought provoking, the send set of black and white image were simply fantastic and appear created with genuine craft

    I look forward to seeing more of your work

    1. clk55pete 17 May 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Thanks Warren. I must say that as I have progressed my enthusiasm for both taking and studying photography has grown immensely and in ways never envisaged at the beginning of TOAP.

  12. Caroline Bloor 24 May 2013 at 7:45 am

    This work brought back memories for me of my own childhood. I grew up in a house where all the skirting boards held this visible presence of a wheelchair. My father was a keen photographer, who particularly enjoyed travelling through Europe with his camera. By the time I was in my teens and fully aware of this fact, MS had taken such a strong hold on his physical abilities that his photography had moved from SLR camera and travelling to a tiny 110 camera and the confines of the home. He could hold this with the stronger of his two hands supported by an elbow propped onto the tray attached to his wheelchair. Height in this situation was out of the question, views restricted and portraits of family members involved stooping or sitting if our heads were to be included. I have long since thought that this is a viewpoint that needs to be shared. Well done, Pete. I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.

    1. clk55pete 29 May 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Thanks Caroline. I try to make my low point of view work for me and it does in some situations.


  13. Peter Swan-Durham 27 May 2013 at 8:18 am

    This is a very powerful set of images. I work in social housing and come across people in wheelchairs and I also help with a disabled charity. This set of images show just how it is – I really like the scuffed wall and the bent pipe work picture because I have come across this type of situation from time to time myself. It also shows how difficult it can be for a disabled person to get around. I also like the way you used the square format frame – this something that I have also used in my last assignment as I think it helps the viewer to focus their attention on what you are trying to say. Well done

    1. clk55pete 27 May 2013 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Peter

  14. Derek Trillo 27 May 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Your images in the video are the sort of work that makes me want to follow your progress and see what comes next …no pressure intended of course 🙂

    Coming from a documentary background in my personal work (and tutoring), I can see that these assignments could also be at home within the documentary genre, as they speak so powerfully and so personally.

    I’m a fan of John Davies – very underrated I feel. His work looked easy until I tried it myself, so hats off to you for your own take on elevated landscapes.

    1. clk55pete 27 May 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Thanks Derek.

      In fact I’m focussing on aspects of impairment and its management for Your Own Portfolio and the Social Construction of disability in Advanced by using different photographic genres.


  15. Wendy McMurdo 17 March 2015 at 6:50 pm

    Hi Pete,
    I’m coming to this thread rather late. A new student of mine found your work here very helpful and included it in his learning log for his first course assignment. It’s excellent work – I really enjoyed looking through these projects, which work very well together I think.
    Wendy McM

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