My name is Alfie Kirk.
I'm a flexible content creator with an interest in developing a broad base of skills. I'm largely self-taught, picking up the skills I need to overcome challenges as I go.
In my working life I am an Administrator at the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, based at the University of East Anglia. I initially took up photography to make better use of the office camera, but quickly fell in love with it and bought my own equipment. Photographic and video skills are important in my line of work, which involves producing and preparing content for use in communications, so it helps to be an enthusiast!
To supplement video production, I have developed an interest in motion graphics (using Adobe After Effects) to enable me to produce animations and visual effects. This has also led me to dig into 3D modeling and rendering to further enhance compositions. I'm relatively new to 3D, but some of my early experiments are featured on this site.
Graphic design has always been a part of my role and I have a long familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, but in my time at the Tyndall Centre I've developed skills with Adobe Illustrator and InDesign, and am constantly seeking to improve the quality of our print and screen output.
In addition to photography and videography for work and as a hobby, I also provide volunteer support to the Norwich branch of the British Science Association and other organisations.
Other Skills and Interests
I am continuing to practice and further my skills in graphic design as a matter of priority; this has applications in many of the other fields I practice, and I feel it's important groundwork for the development I hope to undertake. I'm also practicing traditional and digital illustration, as many of the principles are shared with photography and animation. These fields are increasingly relevant in our image-saturated culture, and there are close connections between them.
I have a Bachelor's degree in History, and have a keen interest in questions of communication, understanding, truth and meaning. I'm very interested in current affairs, and particularly the role of the media in the political, cultural and social spheres. It is my opinion that the role of communication - in the media, through images, text and spoken word - has shaped history during the 20th Century to an extent that exceeds any other, and it seems likely that this will only be truer of the 21st Century.