Twelve young people between the ages of 8 and 12 photographed the various took part in a Wildlife Photography Workshop which allowed them to gain skills in composition, perspective and the importance of being patient. For the workshop we visited the Phoenix Park in hopes to photograph deer, ducks, squirrels, rabbits and birds. We were fortunate enough to come across beautiful deer, birds, ducks and even saw loads of dogs (although they weren’t wild). The photographs were then edited and titled by each member and entered into the BBC Wildlife Photography Competition. Additionally, their photographs were celebrated at a Wildlife Photography exhibition, which took place in the Phoenix Park Visitors Center for the month of April. Each members displayed a series of photographs and it was highly successful.
BATTLE OF THE BRANDS
‘The Battle of the Brands, Branding Project was created to allow members between the ages of 8 and 13 to develop conceptual thinking and give their creativity a structural direction. Thus each member was encouraged to create a logo and packaging material for their ‘brand’, which would reflect their interests. Later the logo would accompany their creations’
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY COURSE
Two older members have participated in a Photography Course with an introduction to SLR Camera Manual functions such as aperture, shutter speeds, depth of field and ISO. The members also gained techniques in editing with the use of Adobe Bridge and Photoshop. Additionally, the importance of composition, subject matter and telling a story through the use of photography in constantly being explored.
Artist Statement: William
‘Honestly, I didnt see myself getting to this stage in so little time, I didnt see myself taking up such a different hobbie to the usual football or swimming, I didnt see myself sticking with photography the way I have and will continue to do so. My name is william and im 17, I’ve been doing photography now for 5 months and have already taken over 1000 pictures. Im a photographer of nature, this includes animals, trees, the country side and buildings. I had no experiences at the start when i started this course and now i can proudly say i have something to work towards and to live for. They say its the camera that gets the picture but thats not the case for me. When I go out to take picture of a perticular topic like deers, I research hot spots were deers would be active and present, I then show up and find the best angles and where the sun needs to be so that i can get the best picture possible with whatever camera I use. I came from a backround of voilence and abuse and to get a course such as photography is in my opionion a new begining as i get to clear my head and just think about the one picture i could be taking anywere in the world at any time. Photography in my eyes is a bit like meditating, you wait in silence for the picture your looking for and when you find it you put your heart into it to make every pixel of that picture work around your enviornment.’