Photographic students see the light

Composition: Course participant Piper Wallace gets some tips from visiting photographer Louise Whelan. Picture: John Veage
Composition: Course participant Piper Wallace gets some tips from visiting photographer Louise Whelan. Picture: John Veage

Visual Arts and Multimedia students at De La Salle College Cronulla have had some extra exposure to their HSC preparations with a workshop by visual artist Louise Whelan.

Every year the Moran Arts Foundation provides free photographic workshops in city, country and remote schools across Australia. Run by professional photographers, the workshops are an ideal way to foster creativity and develop technical skills.

Louise Whelan is an award winning photographer who is widely published and has exhibited nationally and internationally and is currently photographing for the State and National Libraries of Australia.

“It's all about students applying photography skills to every aspect of education,” Ms Whelan said

“For example the Design Technology students are learning about photographing  fashion aspects for their fashion design course.”

Course participant, Piper Wallace said the technical advice was also helping her get the most out of her camera. 

“I am really excited to have this opportunity. I am thinking of incorporating some photographic elements in my Visual Arts work for the HSC next year and I have picked up a lot of great tips on composition, lighting and colour.” 

Five of each student’s favourite photographs are printed to keep as a souvenir of the day and are entered in the Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize which has over $20,000 worth of prize money.

The show is exhibited at Juniper Hall, Paddington, and on the website moranprizes.com.au. 

The Moran Foundation also run The Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Australia’s richest art prize.

In the shire, the foundation supports and exhibits local artists at the Moran Gallery at Sylvania Heights as well as sponsoring the Hazelhurst Gallery.

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