Snapper Sam’s family photos project goes national

Date 16.02.2018

A University of Northampton student has become something of a national sensation, after his work was featured on two of the country’s most popular news websites.

An assignment by final year Photography student, Sam Joyce, has been featured in the Mail Online and The Sun newspaper’s website this week – putting his work within reach of millions of readers around the globe.

The project has seen Sam take new photos of old family snaps, in the original locations dotted around his home village of Woodford, near Kettering. By holding up the original photo in front of the location, Sam has shown how the area has changed nearly half a century on.

Scenes depicted include a May Day celebration on the village green in 2004, above, and an old family wedding outside Woodford’s St Mary the Virgin church, below.


You can read more and see the photos on the Mail Online and Sun websites.

Speaking about the media attention, Sam said: “The publicity is great. All photographers are keen to get their work seen, and to get their name known. The publicity from images such as these is a great way for me to do both of these.

“The aim of these images was to express my creativity and explore how the village landscape has or hasn’t changed. Now people around the world have a chance to see them.”

It’s not the first time Sam has been in the headlines. In October, we reported how he has been boosting his portfolio by taking photos at Premier League football side, Leicester City, for an agency. His stint at the King Power Stadium, came after Sam enjoyed an internship with Northampton Town Football Club’s marketing department.

After packing so much in during his three years of study Sam is now focused on a career after graduating this summer.

“I am still keen to work as a sports photographer,” said Sam. “It’s the career path I am looking at, but I’m completely open to anything. “

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