Murray Centre hosts exhibition of student photos
The first exhibition of a student’s photographs has been mounted in the Collaboration Space in the Murray Centre by Ella Franklin in the Upper Sixth, which forms part of the research phase for her Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).
The title of Ella’s EPQ is ‘Can I show that all concepts of human emotion are subjective?’ and the photographs feature close-up shots of the faces of six people of different ages with a variety of contexts and using a range of photography techniques to capture the shots. Visitors to the Exhibition are invited to record on a postcard the emotion they think is captured in each photograph in just one word. The Exhibition is the culmination of the process of studying the styles of well-known photographers to inform and develop her own technique as well as looking at the power of images and how people connect with them.
Ella has had a passion for photography since she was twelve years old and started Photography A Level in the Lower Sixth but within a few weeks, she found that it didn’t fit into her very busy timetable. Instead of studying it for A Level, She decided to make photography the focus of her EPQ and create a portfolio of work without the restrictions of an exam syllabus.
Ella said, “The feedback so far has been fascinating in that there has been such a diverse range of reactions and views on what people see in the six faces. I set out to produce a set of photographs which would stimulate people’s interest in the subjects of the photographs and to find out what overriding emotion they perceive in the faces and it is already very clear that we do not all react in the same way. I would like to thank everyone for taking the time to come and see the Exhibition and for giving their feedback, Mrs Fox-Bloor for her help in producing the prints and Mrs Toogood for all her support as my EPQ Mentor and for helping to mount the Exhibition. It has been a fantastic experience.”