Middlesex photography student Michelle Amosu has won accolades from her lecturers after achieving a first class honours degree and a national award, despite the death of her brother during her degree.
The talented photographer was midway through the course when her brother Ezekiel was the victim of a street attack and the subsequent death of the talented 17 year old, who aspired to be a music producer, led to Michelle taking a break from her course.
She graduated on 18 July, after producing a stunning photography collection and book of photos for her final year project, which not only impressed her tutors but also led to a 'Best of Year' award in the influential national design D&AD Student Awards 2013.
Her photography collection was comprised of images taken in desolate places in her local area of east London, featuring family members and friends in their personal spaces, all taken at night. Using a long exposure to gather as much light as possible, Michelle skilfully made many of the images look as if they were taken in daylight, giving a meditative and therapeutic feel. Michelle's younger sister Esther features in the winning photo from the D&AD Student Awards, standing in front of her parents' house in Walthamstow, east London.
During her final year (May 2013) Michelle, her family and Ezekiel's friends organised a concert at his secondary school to celebrate his life and raise money for the school's music department, because of his passion in music.
Middlesex photography lecturer Philippe Pleasants said: “Michelle has been a fantastic student and has worked incredibly hard on the course. Both her effort and commitment to her studies have been rewarded with a first class degree and the D&AD award that she received is testament to her talent and passion for photography. The Middlesex photography teaching team are very proud of her achievements and look forward to her further successes.”
Michelle, who now lives in Stoke Newington, is considering studying for a Masters in photography at Middlesex University.
Michelle Amosu in front of her photography