BBC4’s Great British Photography Challenge concludes on Monday 14 June at 9pm.
We’ve enjoyed the series so far and are looking forward to seeing who comes out on top in the fourth and final episode.
There are no weekly eliminations in the GBPC format, so each one of the six photographers is very much in the game.
Who wins will all come down to each contestant’s strongest 15 images, curated from the hundreds they have photographed in response to the various creative briefs and assignments.
These will be exhibited in a gallery show, and Rankin and his creative team will judge which portfolio forms the best work.
We caught up with all the contestants to discover what it was really like to be a participant on a prime-time photography show.
So here are 5 quick questions with Tyrone Williams, the abstract photographer of the GBPC group…
What did you know of Rankin and his work before you applied to go on the show – were you a fan?
He was a past lecturer of my favourite photographer, I knew he was a very praised photographer in the fashion and portrait world, and he has photographed some of my favourite musicians.
So it was definitely a big deal to me!
How did you find being a model in the studio shoot with Rankin? And what was your photographic takeaway from that session?
I’m so used to being behind the camera so being in front is something I’m not used to at all!
But of course, with Rankin holding the camera he knows exactly what he’s doing so I had full trust!
It was very cool to be in the environment of Rankin’s studio to see at first-hand how he operates the lighting and techniques.
Did you ever receive any criticism from Rankin and his team that you didn’t agree with? Or was it all very constructive, and food for thought that you successfully applied to your subsequent photography on the show?
There were a few times I disagreed with their opinion but with photography I think you're always going to get challenged on your perspective.
It’s how you respond and hold on to your opinions and vision that counts.
It’s good to hear how else your photography can be perceived, so you can adjust if you feel it resonates with you or not whilst improving your work.
Can you really be taught how to become a better photographer, or is this something that is innate and just needs to be brought out?
Everyone has a story and a distinct perspective; this can’t be taught but I believe you can teach or help someone express themselves through the lens by guiding them to find their own style that comes naturally to their own preference.
You can help someone believe in their own perspective.
Bringing that all out is the challenge as it’s something that doesn’t necessarily end as we are always learning and developing. But getting onto a certain path with your style is the first step.
Don’t miss the series finale on 14 June
The Great British Photography Challenge concludes on Monday 14 June at 9pm BST on BBC4. All four episodes will be available on catch-up via the BBC iPlayer (opens in new tab) (international details are TBC, but the show is likely to land on one of the best streaming services (opens in new tab) outside the UK).
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“This has been an incredible opportunity to nurture the next generation of photographers,” said Rankin (opens in new tab). “All the contestants had such unique and varied backgrounds, but what brought them together was their love for photography. The contestants have exceptional promise and I’m excited for the UK to see their talent.”
If you‘d like to hear more from Rankin about portraiture, make sure you catch his talk from the Super Stage at The Photography Show 2021, which welcomes back visitors to the NEC in Birmingham from 18 to 21 September.
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