What They See: Student Photography

A recent period of remote learning offered ninth grade students an opportunity to brush up on their photography skills and see things from a new perspective, as part of an assignment for their Creative Expression class, co-taught by Angela Willetts and Haley Campbell.

“During this class we have experimented with working inside of constraints, to push the students out of their comfort zone and

find new, creative ways forward,” commented Willetts. “In this project, students were asked to work only in black and white and to focus on interesting camera angles. The prompt was ‘Hidden Worlds,’ an encouragement to find and photograph overlooked spaces within their homes, or to reveal other worlds hidden inside the familiar world of our homes. The students also experimented with editing light levels and contrast within each photo, to create interesting textures and drama.”

Following is a sampling of the students’ photography.

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