Inverurie student puts yoga in the frame

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An Inverurie photography student has explored her love of yoga in her final year project which is on display in Gray’s School of Art.

Alex Cryle, who is studying commercial photography at RGU’s Gray’s School of Art, has a produced a 25 image series documenting intermediate to advanced yoga poses associated with the Ashtanga Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga practices.

She said: “My project ‘Mind, Body and Soul’ explores the varying shape that the body creates through a variety of poses as well as the flexibility and athleticism the human form develops through this practice.

“I currently attend Body Balance and Pilates classes three to four times a week and have always wanted to develop my skills and ability in yoga by attending a specialised yoga school. I feel that this project has encouraged and will aid this goal.

“Observing and photographing others gave me a greater understanding of the overall practice.

“The subject matter also offered me the opportunity to create chic and stylish images produced in a graceful and contemporary manner which I feel compliment yoga as a subject.”

RGU’s Commercial Photography course is the only one of its kind in Scotland that allows students to progress from an HND at college to gain a degree in just one year at university, with students now able to choose to stay on for an honours year.

The course combines practical photography with key activities in relation to business start-up, as well as theoretical study, and is delivered jointly by Gray’s School of Art and Aberdeen Business School at the university, alongside North East Scotland College.

Alex’s images will be on display at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee Road, as part of the Commercial Photography End of Year Show which runs until Saturday, May 14.

A selection of images will also appear in the art school’s Degree Show exhibition in June.

Alex added: “The course has been challenging and enjoyable – I’ve particularly enjoyed developing my practical and critical writing skills – and I am looking forward the End of Year Show which I feel is a great way to end a busy year of study.”