Well, term two is almost over and what a term it has been. Non-stop project work, deadlines and the most exciting and eventful trip so far in my degree life.
For four days last week, Monday 5 March to Thursday 8 March approximately 25 photography students embarked on a trip to the stunning Botallack Mines, St. Just, Cornwall. This place is situated on the north coast, very close to Land’s End. It is a place teaming with old tin mining history, blue skies and a very rugged landscape. There was no feeling better than to teach such enthusiastic and clever kids (aged 7-11) the basics of photography in such an incredible location with the most amazing weather. We had to teach them how to use and take pinhole photographs as well as simple digital techniques. I even let some of the kids use my DSLR, which they loved. The three solid days of teaching were very tiring but there was no better feeling than to see the kids picking up simple things that we had taught them. They also loved being in the darkroom, as this was one big adventure for them.
As well as teaching the kids, in our free time we went on long walks around the coastal paths where all us photography students took some amazing photographs on both film and digital. For me, it was endless shooting of the stunning landscape, and part of my SDA brief. As well as this amazing teaching experience, this trip also made members of our course closer ad by the end we all knew one another, even the technicians and pinhole photographer, Justin Quinnell.
Quoting one of the girls I had in my group, “This was the best day I’ve had.” This put the biggest smile on my face.