My name is Alfie Kirk.
I'm an enthusiastic amateur photographer, learning the hard way - by practice and experience.
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 pretty helpful in my line of work, which involves producing and preparing content for use in communications, so it helps to be an enthusiast!
In addition to photography 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
In addition to photography, I am developing skills in graphic design, videography and motion graphics. These fields are increasingly relevant in our image-saturated culture, and there are close connections between them - even the software that drives them grows closer together with time.
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.
In addition to all this, I enjoy walking (and really should get out more).
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