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