Photography students hold first exhibition

Photography students hold first exhibition

Introduction to Photography and Film Making students at Ayrshire College have held their first ever photography exhibition at the College’s Kilwinning Campus.

The course is for students who are interested in a career in photography or media but are not sure which path would be right for them. The course introduces the students to the basics of capturing and editing both still and moving images.

As part of the ‘Working with Others’ unit of their Essential Skills development, students on this course were tasked with selecting the best photographs from their time on the course and displaying them at an exhibition. At the exhibition, the group’s family and friends, college students and college staff members were invited to look at the photos and ask questions about their work.

Visitors to the exhibition were so impressed with the group’s photographs that many of them decided to buy prints of the photographs on display - with all proceeds raised going towards one of Ayrshire College’s nominated charities.

The exhibition was the culmination of a lot of hard work for the students, who are now looking at progressing on to further courses at the College.

Jack Crawford, 19 from Irvine, said “I was told at the beginning of the course that there would be a chance to display my work to a range of different people. So I was quite excited about that. Obviously I’ve taken so many photographs so it was a challenge deciding on which photos I wanted to print.

“I’m a big collector of model figurines and this photo was just taken in my kitchen with two stormtroopers. The original photograph was in black and white but I’ve touched it up in Photoshop to give it a grainy noir effect, to make it look evil and imperialistic. I’m really glad with how that one’s turned out. I hope that even though we’re Level 5 students, people can see that we’re more than capable of putting out a high quality of work.”

Kaitlin McTaggart, 19 from Kilwinning, said “I was excited to present my work today. I came to Ayrshire College to learn about long exposure, and that’s what I’ve done with this photograph here, taken at Eglinton Park. I feel happy because I’m starting to get the right shutter speeds and apertures for my photographs.”

Brian Woolfson, Core Skills lecturer at Ayrshire College, said “I was delighted with the huge effort this group made to make the event a success. I think we were all blown away with the level of attendance at the exhibition and the interest shown in their photos from students and staff throughout the College. We have some potentially award-winning photographers here and I know that many of them will continue to grow and develop within this area of study.”

30 April 2018

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