For this year’s TICE Photography, mentor Jennine Wilson is joined by Longbenton High School, Burnside Business & Enterprise College, Dukes Secondary School and Royal Grammar School, on a journey to discover the endless possibilities for young, aspiring photographers in the North East. First things first…Insight Stage.
Jennine began by introducing herself, sharing her vast experience as a freelancer and lecturer in the field, as well as also giving a brief overview of the many genres of photography including landscape, documentary and portrait. To help build their understanding, different images were shown as examples and prints were handed out on the desks to analyse. This led to the first task of the day, where students were challenged to create their own narrative using only three of the photos. Groups were encouraged to step outside the box, even swapping photos to warp their initial storyline. This was to show the power of photography and just how much an image can say without saying anything at all.
Next, Jennine wanted to showcase the evolution of photography since its development in the early 1800s. To do this, a selection of cameras from across many decades were handed out. It was an incredible opportunity for the students to visually see the timeline, from heavy boxes to compact, lightweight plastic. It turns out everyone enjoyed all of them in their own, unique way.
“I think the most interesting thing I learnt was with the old cameras from the last decade. I learnt just how far cameras have come. From huge boxes with covers and a shutter speed of 15 seconds to the foldable ‘spy’ camera and the classic polaroid. It was really intriguing to see how different generations have grown up with different cameras.”
– Student, Royal Grammar School.
For the main task of the day, their skills were well and truly put to the test. Using digital cameras and phones, students had to recreate letters with everyday objects spelling out ‘TICE Photography Insight’. In groups, they roamed the halls of their school campus and began to look at their familiar surroundings in a completely different way. The chair, the door handle…even the clock in the canteen. They were well and truly embracing their creativity.
After a quick break, it was time to give their photos a whole new lease of life using Adobe Photoshop. Using the various tips and tricks given by Jennine, students began to create their own visual aesthetic. It was impressive to see students grasp the software so quickly, considering its technological complexities and challenges. But soon enough, everyone had ‘TICE Photography Insight’ spelt out on their screens – every single interpretation looked one of a kind. It was so refreshing to see.
“I think that the most interesting thing that I learned was that photoshop is a great platform to edit pictures of anything. I didn’t realise that you can do some much on just one app. I had never realised that photoshop can literally do anything from changing the brightness to the exposure. it takes a photo from looking average to looking amazing and authentic.”
– Srilekka Ratneswaran, Royal Grammar School.
Before the workshop came to a close, Jennine chatted through the various career and education paths in the Photography industry, a few of which they will have the opportunity to discover very soon. In the meantime, the TICE Insight workshop gave students a true snapshot of what it takes to be a photographer. In a world where many people have become photographers on social media, we explored beyond the instinctive act of pressing a button, applying a filter and uploading it to our Instagram feed. We began to dig deeper into ways in which we can share our perspective through the art of photography. We can’t wait to see what this year’s group of budding creatives come up with.
“The most interesting thing that I learnt was that photography can come in lots of different shapes and sizes, and everyone has their own view of the world. From food to fashion, photography can happen everywhere.”
– Millie Clark, Longbenton High School.