Chifley College photography exhibition a picture of learning

Natural and built environments feature in the student photographs at Chifley College Bidwill’s annual photography exhibition.

‘Places and Spaces’ 2014 showcases the best works of photography students in years 9 to 12 and includes beach photographs inspired by the work of Australian modernist photographer Max Dupain.

Images of city scenes taken at night during an excursion around Sydney’s harbour and main streets also line the walls, and will stay there until April next year.

Year 10 student Anett Tauiliili said she thought about naturalness, movement, light and what would be considered iconic or make a good close up when taking pictures.

They include a black and white photograph of a surfer from Manly sitting in the sand next to his board.

‘‘I just snapped away,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s different and it’s a good experience. There was not much of telling people where to go or how to pose. I think the photo is more natural.’’

Sesilia Kitiona, also in year 10, captured a two-storey sandcastle with a digital camera on the same excursion to Manly.

‘‘I like capturing a memory,’’ she said.

Photography and visual arts teacher Alice Dabit said it was important that students visit different areas for photography.

‘‘They see new places and use the techniques they’ve been taught to capture that moment,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s not only an excursion, it’s an experience and a learning curve for them. It’s something new.’’

Other works on display include landscape photographs taken at Nurragingy Reserve, Doonside, after students studied the work of American photographer and environmentalist Ansel Adams, and colourful, detailed macro-images from the school yard.

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