Amer snaps up photography prize as he bids to move from factory floor to studio space
Factory worker Amer Jassim is looking to snap up a new career after being awarded first prize in a photography competition.
Amer, a 45-year-old mature student at Stoke-on-Trent College, took the prize at the 2011 Open Photography Competition at Burslem School of Art.
He has been studying part time on the three year Digital Media Production Foundation Degree course at Stoke on Trent College and is now looking to use his talents professionally.
“I work hard and have a passion for my photography and have been inspired by the high standards of my tutors,” said Amer of Bucknall.
“I enjoy working in portraiture and like to manipulate photographs in a surrealist way.”
Amer will finish his course at Stoke on Trent College in 2012 with a glowing report from tutor Con Putbrace.
He said: “Amer is very talented with both a camera and editing software and I think he has a significant career ahead of him.
”He travels quite a bit and this is the source of the informal documentary style street portraits he likes to take. He is very creative and often incorporates surreal manipulation into his studio portraiture.”
Amer’s prize was an exhibition of his work at the School of Art, Queen Street, Burslem. His photographs, which are for sale, will be on show at the venue until January, 2012.