Coin Street

By , July 11, 2009 10:16 pm

Once in a while you get the chance to do something different – a little bit special.

For the past six weeks I have had the absolute pleasure of giving a bunch of students from the East End of London the opportunity to be photographers, and today I have been printing their work for them for a small exhibition to be held next week. Look at the work below, and remind yourself that these boys and girls (well, more lads and ladies, to be fair) had never taken pictures seriously six weeks ago, and certainly had no experience of using an SLR. More to the point, our sessions together were only for a few hours each Thursday, amounting to less than 24 hours. A standing start to this in less than a day!

They have shown imagination, creativity, insightfulness and flair. They now talk and write knowledgeably about Eugene Smith, Donovan Wylie, Garry Winogrand, Ansel Adams, and many other seminal photographers, and the research they have done in homework as preparation is frankly staggering.

It would be remiss not to mention the other people who have coached them. The enthusiasm and commitment displayed by fellow mentors Simon Mutter and Heather MacRae of Venture Thinking cannot but have inspired. Most significant, though, is the dedication, organisation and sheer force of personality of their teacher, Suresh Ravendran. If he is indicative of the calibre of teacher at Little Ilford School, then the students there are very fortunate indeed.

I hope that photography will continue to be a major factor in the lives of these students, and that they themselves are proud of what they have achieved. I know I am.

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Iyub

Photo by Iyub

Photo by Lyus

Photo by Lyus

Photo by Kris-Ann

Photo by Kris-Ann

Photo by Abrar

Photo by Abrar

Photo by Adam

Photo by Adam

Photo by Quiwanie

Photo by Quiwanie

Photo by Quiwanie

Photo by Quiwanie

Photo by Lyus

Photo by Lyus

Photo by Adam

Photo by Adam

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Romeo

Photo by Mark

Photo by Mark

Photo by Mark

Photo by Mark

Photo by Shanti

Photo by Shanti

Photo by Shay

Photo by Shay

Photo by Ricky

Photo by Ricky

Photo by Rupert

Photo by Rupert

Photo by Kipras

Photo by Kipras

Photo by Abrar

Photo by Abrar

Photo by Shanti

Photo by Shanti

Photo by Ricky

Photo by Ricky

Photo by Rupert

Photo by Rupert

Photo by Shay

Photo by Shay

Photo by Kris-Ann

Photo by Kris-Ann

4 Responses to “Coin Street”

  1. I am extremely impressed. These students are year 10 and have never had the opportunity to do photography like this. It is wonderful to see such creativity through the eyes of the young and inspired!

    Yvonne Powell Headteacher Little Ilford School

  2. Emma Deba says:

    Amazing work from these young students – some very impressive shots indeed. It is great to see the kind of exciting projects (e.g. working with creative professionals and on location) that young people in Newham can get involved in through the Creative and Media Diploma.

    Emma Deba, Newham 14-19 Team.

  3. Sharon Grainger, Newham 14-19 Team. says:

    I am so impressed with what these students have done!! If they can do this kind of work in Yr 10 then I can’t wait to see what they are doing in a few years time!!! I spent 3 years learning photography and they definatley put me to shame!! Well Done!!

  4. Leo Bieber says:

    Michael what a wonderful project. you are growing and training the future!

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