On Thursday 18 January 2018, Robert Spicer (Year 13) was delighted to attend a presentation evening for the JJ Foundation Photography Competition for Young People. Robert’s entry ‘Men Do Cry’, a haunting photograph of Billy Stockwell (former student), was his personal response to the ‘Dreams and Aspirations’ theme.
It is with great pride that we can announce that Robert won first-prize and was interviewed on stage regarding both his entry and prize. The judge commented that ‘’The Portrait category received some of the strongest images, but this photograph captured my attention from the moment I saw it. I wanted to know more about the subject – why was he crying?
Robert has also demonstrated technical skills in the composition, lighting and depth of field, and the image captures genuine emotion.’ Robert went on to explain that ‘the point I was trying to make with the image was that seeing a man cry is shocking and this is mostly because society buys into the idea that males must be strong and “manly” – yet this concept is toxic.’
We could not be prouder of both Robert’s achievement and his poignant message which we’d like to share with all boys at Loughborough Grammar School. Robert’s prize will allow him a day’s access to the JJ Foundation’s professional studios in London in order to continue with personal work, benefiting from expert photography kit and technical assistance. We look forward to sharing with you his next photographs.