5 January 2017
A University of South Wales Documentary Photography student has documented the creation of brand new idents for the BBC.
Mogan Selvakannu, who is originally from Malaysia and now lives in Cardiff, shadowed renowned British documentary photographer Martin Parr as he remade the set of images.
The idents are shown between programmes and have previously ranged from swimming hippos to a revolving globe.
Mogan, 34, created production stills of Martin in action, after he was commissioned by the BBC to create new idents to “capture modern Britain in all of its diversity”.
The BBC One ‘Oneness’ project was launched on Sunday 1 January, with the image of a group of sea swimmers from Clevedon, Somerset. Other images include a Zumba class from Bristol and wheelchair rugby players from Wales.
The BBC said the portraits will feature “different groups of people coming together across the UK, united by their shared passions and interests”. The groups have been selected “to reflect the diversity of modern Britain and the changing mood of the nation through significant moments in the calendar year”.
Mogan, who is in his first year at USW, was taken on by the BBC after submitting a portfolio of his images.
He said: “The Documentary Photography course at USW is one of the best – if not the best – course to learn documentary photography, thanks to the excellent teaching and learning environment and the connections with industry leaders like Martin.
“I feel a combination of all these elements brought the best out of my abilities and gave me the opportunity to take my first steps into the industry. Working with the BBC was a great experience.”
Paul Reas, course leader in Documentary Photography at USW, added: “Martin Parr has a long association with the course; in fact, one of his very first teaching jobs was with us in the early 1980s. It is fitting, therefore, that one of our students should be contributing to this important project.”
More on the new BBC idents is available on The Guardian website.
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