Stu­dent pho­tog­ra­phers min­gle with pros

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It’s not ev­ery­day that pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents get to show­case their work along­side pro­fes­sion­als.

A group of For­est View High School stu­dents did though dur­ing the Mata­mata-ti­rau Cam­era Club’s Sixways In­ter­club Ex­hi­bi­tion held at the Ti­rau Hall re­cently.

Ten stu­dent im­ages were sub­mit­ted for the ex­hi­bi­tion which also fea­tured work from six dif­fer­ent cam­era clubs who all en­tered 15 of their best im­ages.

The fol­low­ing day the club’s in­ter­club com­pe­ti­tion was held were the im­ages were judged by a Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety of New Zealand (PSNZ) judge.

Year 13 stu­dent Maire Toka said it was a nerve-rack­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Friends have to tell you they are cool and your mum and dad have to say they are cool so the main per­son cri­tiquing has been our teacher. The ex­hi­bi­tion meant a whole new range of peo­ple who were pros were look­ing at them – so it was re­ally scary,’’ she said.

The stu­dents based their pho­tographs on sub­jects that were im­por­tant and mean­ing­ful to them rang­ing from flow­ers and pets to self­ies and cul­ture.

Maire said they were skep­ti­cal about tak­ing part ini­tially but were glad they did.

‘‘We kind of didn’t want to at first be­cause we just kick back about stuff but our teacher [Jan­ice Abo Ga­nis] said our pic­tures were good so we said ‘okay, we will do it for you if you want’,’’ she said.

The stu­dents said it was be­cause of their teacher that they had a pas­sion for photo gra­phy.

‘‘She is so lov­ing and she has a dif­fer­ent ap­proach which al­lowed us to ex­press our feel­ings in our work,’’ Maire said.

‘‘She is the rea­son why we all love pho­tog­ra­phy so much.’’

Taya, who used her Maori cul­ture as in­spi­ra­tion for her work, said it had been a fun ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘Be­ing able to ex­press your­self in a dif­fer­ent way has been pretty cool and it has been great hav­ing sup­port from friends who we used as mod­els,’’ she said.

The stu­dents have also been in­vited to take part in an Auck­land based na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion in Septem­ber.

‘‘Our par­ents are al­ready pre­par­ing our fu­tures so they need to calm down,’’ Maire joked.

PHOTO: LUKE KIRKEBY/ FAIR­FAX NZ

From left For­est View High School pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents Taya Ahomiro, Kingston Te Ariki Ta­hau, Maire Toka, Ai­dan Blowes, and Ema­rina Moko.

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