Paris inspires photography undergraduates

A group of undergraduates from the Hugh Baird University Centre were inspired by their educational visit to Paris, producing some atmospheric shots of the city.

As they are all studying on the Foundation Degree in Digital Imaging and Photography, a course approved by the University of Central Lancashire, the aim of the visit was to undertake location photography and to attend the renowned international photographic fair, ‘Paris Photo’.

As well as daytime photo shoots at World famous landmarks such as Versailles and Sacre-Coeur, the group spent evenings shooting night photography around Notre Dame, the Eiffel Tower and the River Seine. Their visit to Paris Photo gave them the opportunity to view some of the greatest international photographic works and meet and talk to gallery owners, famous photographers and celebrities like Martin Parr and Brian Adams.

David Lockwood is Programme Leader for the Foundation Degree in Digital Imaging and Photography at the Hugh Baird University Centre and accompanied the undergraduates on the trip. He said:

“All in all is was a very busy but enjoyable trip which the students gained lots from. It raised their aspirations and also gave them the opportunity to broaden their experience of foreign countries and location based photography. On their return, they put together their own ‘Paris Photo’ exhibit showing a selection of works at the L20 Café in Hugh Baird College.

Student Tony Lavendar was moved by the trip to Paris and said afterwards:

"Standing on the steps of the Grand Palais and walking into Paris Photo was a dream come true, and I guess it would be for any photographer. To talk with the World’s finest photographers and gallery owners was daunting and a real baptism of fire, but for me an important step. As a photographer, I had set expectations for myself but after Paris I had to set the bar much higher and, with that, came a lot more creative freedom.”

Visitors to the L20 Café in Hugh Baird College’s Balliol Centre can still view the students’ photography work. If you would like to find out more about the Digital Imaging and Photography degree programmes offered at Hugh Baird University Centre and the exciting educational visits that form part of those programmes, visit the course pages at

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