Up-Cycle Sew Down

Charity & Fashion

Three groups of Leeds University School of Design Students were challenged by Oxfam Online to Up-Cycle damaged garments for Charity in a 12 hour marathon ‘Sew-Down’

Over the course of the ‘Sew-Down’ a whopping total of £6030 worth of clothes were repaired and given a fresh new look by students and were ready to be photographed and listed on Oxfam Online Shop.

This blue vintage but damaged coat (modeled by Rheanna) was up-cycled by Design Student Bryony Hatrick, and repaired with the addition of re-cycled silk scarf patchworks to create this amazing new look.


Bryony Hatrick (pictured right)

You can view all of my images from the day on Flickr at this link Oxfam Sew-Down – If you want to check out what’s for sale go to Oxfam Online Shop

Leeds University Student Up-Cycles for Oxfam

Images © Harry Dwyer Photography


Quality Counts

Do you really need a Photographer, or high end Camera, or can you save money and share/print off what you want from a smart phone or compact camera and feel truly happy with the final result?


The fact is, you should Never go for the cheap options unless you want small prints and are happy with ‘snapshot’ quality.

If you want High Quality you should always consider the Photographer,or buying your own quality camera first! An iPhone or Smart Phone, although handy and portable, can Never match a DSLR Camera for quality, especially when you want prints in Larger Formats and for other Print Media such as Canvas Wall Art.

Depending on what you want to capture, you might need Wide Angle lenses, Fixed Zoom lenses; you need to be able to allow for Perspective and Depth of Field – It all depends what you want to photograph. A camera Phone snapshot can help you decide how to approach your subject, but it cant match its quality in the way a DSLR interprets and captures light.

Quick snaps taken with a phone or compact camera and well framed, can look fantastic on a Phone, Tablet, PC and are great for sharing on Social Media. Small to Medium sized prints will look fairly good too at 6″ x 4″ and 5″ x 7″ but for anything larger, and for correct re-sizing, you need a Photographer with the right equipment, A Quality DSLR Camera, Interchangeable Lenses and Experience.

Don’t get me wrong, I do use my phone camera at times for quick snaps, and they are so handy to have, and are great for instant sharing with friends. I find them most useful for capturing ideas, places etc that you can revisit and photograph in detail at times of the day when you’re presented with different light situations. That said, I would never be happy using my phone camera images for anything else other than for creative ideas, and most of those images are binned fairly quickly, some make it but hardly any!

A (possibly cautionary) Sidenote: for those who are into following people who Blog  with Images, particularly instant sharing, I’ll let you into a secret, some of the Top followed Photo ‘Blographers’ actually use quality DSLR Cameras, not Smart Phones – Instant sharing is great, but, just like ‘Fake News’ don’t be fooled by who’s sharing them, and what they’re sharing them with!

At the bottom of this page is a link to a fantastic Tech report from Business insider Harrison Jacobs, which goes into much more detail. The report was first published in March 2015 – here’s a quote from it;

‘The biggest difference between a smartphone camera and a dedicated camera is the ability to use different lenses. High-quality lenses produce unparalleled sharpness and image quality. …. photos look crisp, detailed, styled, and hyper-real. They look like photographs instead of snapshots.’