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2 Denham Drive
Marus Bridge
Wigan
WN3 5QB

Profile

I am Audrey Albert, a 26-year-old Mauritian student living in Wigan and studying at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Building upon my past experiences as a photojournalist, self-employed wedding photographer and cruise ship photographer, I am now re discovering documentary photography which is the style of photography I would like to specialise in. I am also fascinated with darkroom experiments involving the collection, recording and transforming of memories, textures, or inanimate objects. I am a hardworking and enthusiastic individual always willing to learn and grow as an artist. My confidence and communication skills make a great team worker and helped me network and collaborate with a variety of people.

Work experience

March 2017Present

Freelance Photography Assistant

Equator Design

At Equator Design, a freelance assistant photographer’s job varies from assisting the photographers and food stylists’ teams in all aspects of their work to running errands. The job implies setting up the studio, cleaning the props, collecting the props, cleaning the studio after the shoot and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the latter runs smoothly. Assistants should be willing to learn on the job, possess good office skills as well as be organised and practical. Working at Equator Design helped me in anticipating the needs of the photographers and being able to foresee and evaluate potential problems, and deal with them calmly.

March 2017Present

Volunteer

Redeye, The Photography Network

At Redeye, volunteers are expected to be reliable self-starters. Along with bringing new ideas and perspectives to the photography network, volunteers help during Redeye’s events, on their website or as administrative help in the office. Volunteers are expected to direct guests, welcome them, answer their questions, sell Redeye memberships or art pieces (books for example) if there are any. These are to be delivered in a friendly and professional manner. Because some events tend to be quite busy, volunteers are also expected to use their own initiatives, and make sure events are run in a calm and organised way.

March 2017May 2017

Invigilator

Holden Gallery

At the Holden Gallery, my role was to greet and welcome visitors, answer all their questions, and provide them with the exhibition leaflets. I also had to make sure that all the work exhibited was safe, not disrespected or stolen, and that all the technical tools involved in the artworks’ display were working correctly. The Holden Gallery helped me develop skills such as working with the public in a in a professional manner demonstrating awareness of health and safety while paying close attention to detail.

Sept 2015Present

Lane Host

AMF Bowling Wigan

At AMF Bowling Alley, the staff are hired for being outgoing and confident. It is a relatively fast paced job where having a variety of skills is encouraged. A lane host’s role is to welcome, greet, serve customers and provide their lane inductions. However, lane hosts are also trained on reception, behind the bar, on the diner’s counter, as party hosts’ or gamekeepers. Lane hosts are expected to be enthusiastic, friendly and provide customers with a fun and memorable bowling experience. High quality customer service and good communication skills are essential to this job.

Feb 2014Feb 2015

Cruise Ship Photographer

IMAGE CORP

As a cruise ship photographer, I was to shoot events around the ship and in assigned studios. I also photographed embarcation and disembarcation as well as took  candid shots of the guests on board. I worked alongside a team of 10 photographers of different nationalities to take photographs as well as display and sell them in the photo gallery. The sales also included cameras, binoculars, frames, GoPros and various photography related gadgets. Customer service and help also had to be provided to the onboard cruising guests.

Jan 2013Jan 2014

Photojournalist

Le Journal du Dimanche (The Sunday Newspaper)

I worked as a photojournalist for a local Mauritian newspaper. The job consisted mainly of writing for the culture and success story section. I was to interview local artists and successful people and carry out on the spot photoshoots with them. I also took pictures of events and produced photos for inclusion in the newspaper.

Jun 2010Dec 2010

Radio News Host and Journalist

TOP FM Radio Mauritius

This job consisted of the presentation of the daily news live on air as well as the weather forecast. I was required to write articles, research information, attend press conferences and carry out and record interviews which were to be broadcasted.

Education

Jan 2001Nov 2006

GCE 

College du Bon et Perpetuel Secours

French Language  : A
French Literature   : A
English Literature  : B
English Language  : B
Mathematics           : C
Business Studies   : C
Economics               : C

Jan 2007Nov 2008

A Levels

College du Bon et Perpetuel Secours

General Paper        : B

French Language  : B

English Language  : B

Business Studies    : D

Aug 2010Aug 2013

BSc Political Science Specialisation Media and Communication

University of Mauritius

Degree of Bachelor of Science

Sept 2015Present

BA (Hons) Photography

Manchester Metropolitan University - Manchester School of Art

Skills

I am used to working with photo editing software such as Photoshop, Lightroom and In-Design (mostly for book making). I am also adept with blogging platforms and any type of social media. During my years at university, I also had to submit word documents in assignment form as well as carry out visual presentations made with powerpoint.

My job on board a cruise ship has allowed me to communicate with people from very varied set of backgrounds,cultures, nationalities and ethnicities. This has improved my ability to communicate very easily with other people.

In my home country of Mauritius, I was heavily involved in social work. I was the photographer for a local non profit organisation called 'Bring A Smile Link' which focused on working  with children from difficult backgrounds. This not only improved my ability to work with children but inspired me to strive to help others whenever I can. I also closely worked with different non profit organisations around the Island of Mauritius both as a photographer and volunteer. I helped with various events such as the distribution of food and basic materials to people in need, and awareness campaigns targeting young adults.

I fluently speak and write English, French and Mauritian Kreol.

Hobbies and Interests

My personal interests include drawing, blogging, fire spinning and hiking. I like to draw from my own personal inspirations and imagination. I often take a single image that I like an expand upon it to create something unique. I often find inspiration in nature, culture and people.

I run two online blogs one in French and one in English. The French one contain articles on current affairs and personal experiences such as working on a cruise ships whilst the English one is mostly about discovering Manchester as a photography student. I also blog about food, politics, cinema and whatever else I feel passionate about.

I like to explore the outside world and often go hiking in new and interesting locations. My job on board a cruise ship has allowed me to travel to a variety of countries with beautiful scenery. My home country (Mauritius) also has a large amount of mountains and coastal scenery to explore.

Fire spinning is another hobby of mine. This gives me both physical and creative enjoyment. Leaning new moves/spins takes a lot of focus and concentration as it often dangerous to play with fire.

I am currently teaching myself how to sing. I often find myself enjoying singing with friends so I am determined to improve myself and start to sing more often.