Celebrating Photography student Filip
Filip Skiba has won a prestigious award, featured in a national photography magazine and gained valuable industry experience whilst completing his Level 3 Extended Diploma in Photography at West Herts College.
Earlier this year, Filip had his self-portrait piece featured in an edition of Practical Photography Magazine. After hearing the news, he said: “I had such an adrenaline rush when I first heard, I ran straight to WHSmith to pick up a copy to see it printed.”
The artwork that was selected, titled ‘Shackled By My Thoughts’, was a reflection on Filip’s own mental health. He added: “For this assignment I created an image that expresses mental health, I tried to portray the feeling of being restrained and limited by thoughts, the sorts of thoughts that can bring you down.
“I was encouraged by my tutor to submit the final piece to the magazine. I did and it was printed!”
In June, Filip was again commemorated for his photography work that was put together to help break down the stigma around mental health.
He produced a series of pictures for the Just Talk Competition which asked students to create a storyboard to raise awareness of the positive impact that talking can have on mental health.
After these two amazing accolades, there is no stopping Filip as he then went on to win the Judges Choice Award in Beyond the Frame, a national photography competition which celebrates student photography.
He was one of 36 finalists from across the UK, and his work was selected from hundreds of entries.
Filip completed his work under the theme ‘the nature of beauty’, his images explore race and sexuality and are currently being exhibited in the East Gallery at Norwich University of the Arts.
Overseas work and gaining industry experience
Filip also gained work experience, putting his photography skills to the test through the West Herts College GAP team. At college, it’s important for students to gain work experience and take a step closer to their future career.
Filip explains: “With GAP I shot lots of different things. I worked within the hair and beauty department and photographed the college’s fashion week which was really different.
“I also took pictures for a local kickboxing class which was great because it led to another placement and I got the chance to work abroad. I travelled to Spain for two weeks with a youth charity, which works with young people to discuss racism, LGBT and fair trade. I’m interested in documentary photography and this experience was a great way to gain more knowledge within that area.”
Filip’s next steps
As Filip comes to the end of his time at college, it’s time for him to start thinking about what’s next for him.
“The Level 3 course has been good because it really pushes you towards completing great work and there’s a lot of freedom to choose what you do,” Filip explains.
He is now going on to study Photography at London College of Communication with UAL.