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21st May, 2022

Student photographers capture Solihull in lockdown

Sarah Mason 17th Mar, 2021 Updated: 18th Mar, 2021

BUDDING photographers have taken a snapshot of Solihull in lockdown as part of their latest project.

Year 12 A level Photography students at Solihull Sixth Form College were set a documentary photography project to complete during the national lockdown this term.

They had until the end of February to present 24 photos that represented the Coronavirus lockdown.

Students had to abide by all lockdown restrictions to complete this project, which meant showcasing their own space, daily exercise, weather and relationships.

They were encouraged to represent social distancing in their work, as well as the role of key workers.

They had to think about how they would frame their photographs, as no cropping or post-production work in Photoshop was permitted, with the exception of turning their photos black and white if they chose to.

Zoe Maksymiw, photography teacher said: “Documentary photography describes any photos that attempt to record the world as it is.

“From wide-angle photographs of war to close-up snapshots of people on the street, these images can inform an audience about the hidden corners of contemporary life and even become part of the historical record.

“The students produced some wonderful work from this interesting brief, showcasing the restrictions they and everyone else have been facing in recent weeks.”

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