What do people do after they have spent most of their career working in post production in Soho?

It’s a question that’s often asked at the start of each new year, when people reassess their careers and think about exploring new opportunities.

One person who has already done so is Andy Barmer, the former managing director of The Mill and Absolute Post.

In 2013, Barmer went back to university to study an MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at LCC (London College of Communication).

After many years of managing creatives, Barmer says he felt it was high time he gave it a go himself and the LCC course gave him the chance to develop his hobby of photography and explore his interest in the documentary form.

Barmer’s graduation piece, Abide With Me, is a 14 minute short he shot, edited, graded and produced himself. It looks at the lives of three generations of one family, and how the past has shaped their present.

Abide With Me from Andy Barmer on Vimeo.

Barmer maintains involvement in Absolute Post as a part-time non-exec director and having recently graduated will combine this with developing documentary film and photography projects.

Other work from Barmer’s colleagues on LCC’s MAPJD course can be seen here: www.considerthislcc.net. An exhibition of their work can be seen at the college from 9 to 15 January.

Tim Dams

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