University of Brighton Alumni Association

Alumna Charlotte Lillington has released a 2021 Calendar full of colourful Brighton snaps!

Hi everyone,

My name is Charlotte and I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2015 after studying a BA Honours degree in English Language and Media.

I’m a Brighton lover and have been a resident for over 8 years, I have been snapping the streets for much of my time living here and have become known for my captures of the silent streets during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown. The North Laine was especially eerie and you can find some  photographs representing this over on my instagram account.

The dynamic array of streets makes it effortless to capture an interesting photo in Brighton along with the quirky characters, street art, architecture, sunsets and independent businesses, we are spoilt. This unique city is a special place for many and can be  enjoyed by anyone and everyone. Whether you’re roaming the lanes, seafront, Kemptown or Hove there is always something worth capturing and saving as a memory. I love sharing and receiving feedback about my photographs from those I know truly love what they see, we are like one big family in Brighton.

My photography is aimed at nostalgic past students, local residents, tourists and mainly those who have a big love for this small city! I recently created a Premium 2021 Calendar full of my favourite images in hope of a ‘better year’, it’s an A4 wall calendar and you can find it on my etsy here. I’m now selling prints and mini polaroids of the city as well, they make ideal memoirs and presents for fellow Brightonians or international fans of the city.

After studying at the University of Brighton for 3 years, I developed my creative confidence and enjoyed finding a new environment to grow as a person. The BA English Language and Media Honours I studied, provided an eye opening mixture of language studies, film analysis, television production and it definitely taught me how to write to a high standard. If I were to study again or suggest any tips to current students and new graduates it would be to never limit your creativity, jump outside the box and don’t be afraid to try out new classes or socialise with a range of different people – Brighton is the best place for this!

The key to being a good photographer is always observing your surroundings in detail, this can sometimes be difficult if you’re on a busy schedule but taking time to slow down is important. I have learnt to use photography as a form of mindfulness and believe it’s a positive distraction for our busy brains!

Buy Charlotte’s calendar here.


Nic Ashton • December 1, 2020

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