Staffordshire’s reputation for producing top-class music photographers continues to grow as the work of a third year student is showcased in a leading magazine.
Jovi Mullen’s work appears across four pages of the Digital Photographer magazine’s Up and Coming section, which highlights ‘emerging new photo stars’.
But while Jovi is just 20, she’s no stranger to the music scene.
Since Jovi joined Staffordshire in 2010 her work has developed in other areas too.
“I’ve taken on countless work placements to boost my knowledge, as well as having directed many commercial shoots in my spare time.
“Uni has been a great help, providing use of the studio, so promotional work became second nature.”
But it’s music work Jovi’s most interested in.
“My dream job in the industry would be to work with a well-known music magazine as their in-house photographer at live and studio-based shoots.
“If this worked out, my main ambition would be to open up my own studio in Central London for promotional and commercial shoots. This would fulfil my lifelong goal of doing work that I really enjoy and hopefully gaining respect and recognition for what I do.”
Hot on Jovi’s heels are second year students Patryk Wojnarowski and Joe Winn.
Polish-born Patryk, 21, is midway through his second year and covers gigs and festivals when he gets the time. “Photographing events is a big part of what I do and what I enjoy the most.”
Patryk began taking photographs after friends persuaded him to try it. “The further I’ve progressed the more influence I’ve got from the world’s best photographers, either by reading about them or by meeting them,” he says.
Classmate Joe Winn, 19, has been shooting music for three years, capturing artists as diverse as Katy Perry, Tinie Tempah and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
“My aim is to become a tour photographer and work with magazines or music orientated companies,” he says.
“I’m also interested in world photography and culture which is something I hope develop later in my career.
“For now, though, I am focusing on my music and have several events coming up throughout the summer, including festivals, arena shows and club events.”
Photojournalism students at Staffordshire are encouraged to pursue a variety of interests through their option modules. Each student can choose from 14 subjects including fashion, documentary photography, magazine design, international conflict, and fine art photography.