Photography in the Frame

Photography A Level

The Art & Design department are celebrating after collecting a number of awards from a local photography competition. UNTITLED is open to all regional sixth formers and organised by the BA (Hons) Photography programme at Hull School of Art and Design.

This year eleven of the twenty-four shortlisted pieces were submitted by Wyke students. The theme is open, hence the name UNTITLED, and yesterday Wyke students won the “People’s Choice Award”, collecting an overall third prize from across all categories.

“The competition is a great opportunity for us to discover what’s happening in local schools and colleges. It also raises awareness of the exciting opportunities that come with studying photography with us at degree level”, enthuses Mark Terry, Course Leader in BA Photography at HSAD.

Award winning Wyke student, Lydia Shearsmith, submitted an inspiring image of a Hull street scene taken down The Land of Green Ginger, near Whitefriargate (the image at the top of this post).

“The photograph tells a story. The two relaxed characters in the foreground are oblivious to the camera. But the younger couple are aware and cautious of the camera, and also of the two older figures.”

“It gives an indication as to how generations react to each other. It also gives an insight into society and how people act and react in their environments.”

Lydia’s hard work has already paid off, as she has been accepted onto a prestigious photography course at Falmouth University.

Paul Hughes, Head of Photography at Wyke College, encourages all of his pupils to enter the competition: “The UNTITLED exhibition is great for their confidence, as their work can be seen and recognised. I think it also raises awareness of creative study in Hull.”

“We have some really talented people in our city and exhibitions like these promote creative thinking.”

Wyke recommend that you visit the exhibition while you can, which can be found in The Brodrick Gallery at Hull School of Art and Design (Wilberforce Drive in Hull city centre). It runs until Friday 24 February.