Teen pals’ pho­to­graph ex­hi­bi­tion just clicked

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN JAJECZNYK

TWO young pho­tog­ra­phers are ex­hibit­ing their work for the first time in a cafe in the town.

Is­abelle Cains and Becca Bai­ley, both 15, have col­lab­o­rated on a photography ex­hi­bi­tion called ‘Dou­ble Vi­sion’.

The pair are both stu­dents at All Hal­lows Catholic Col­lege and have re­ceived plenty of sup­port from their teach­ers and friends in or­der to get their ex­hi­bi­tion to­gether.

Becca, who lives with her mum, Sam Schofield, on Cam­bridge Av­enue, said: “I’ve been into photography since I was re­ally young. My mum used to take me out to the park and I’d take pho­to­graphs with a small dig­i­tal cam­era.”

Becca said that she and Is­abelle have been pre­par­ing for the ex­hi­bi­tion for about two months, in­clud­ing meet­ings, coach­ing and pho­to­shoots.

She said: “We have quite a few friends who are pho­tog­ra­phers who gave us plenty of tips. The most important thing I’ve learned is how the process of set­ting an ex­hi­bi­tion up works.”

Mum Sam said: “I think it’s a bril­liant idea. We ac­tu­ally went to a friend’s ex­hi­bi­tion and Carly sug­gested the girls or­gan­ise their own.

“They’ve been to meet­ings and had to work to deadlines, which is very pos­i­tive.”

Is­abelle has known Becca since pri­mary school and lives nearby on Ox­ford Road – she said she en­joys the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort of or­gan­is­ing the event. She said: “I re­ally en­joyed work­ing with Becca – she took the stress away. I’ve also learned so much.”

An­gela Cains, 49, Is­abelle’s mum, said the girls’ par­ents and teach­ers are re­ally proud.

She said: “We’ve sup­ported them, but they’ve done most of the work them­selves.

“Mac­cles­field is such a cre­ative place and a lot of the artists are so kind in shar­ing their time and pas­sion with the girls.”

Carly Phipps, who has been help­ing coach the girls in photography, said: “It’s a great ex­pe­ri­ence for them and they’ve worked hard to bring it to­gether.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion launches at the Snowgoose, on Sun­der­land Street, on Fri­day, Septem­ber 1, and runs for six weeks.

Is­abelle Cains, left, and Becca Bai­ley

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