GCSE and A Level Art students took part in a unique opportunity of an underwater photography masterclass with award-winning photographer Simon Wright. The swimming pool was transformed into a subaquatic photography studio complete with waterproof lights and cameras. Simon is the founder of the GB Swimstars project which promotes British swimming, diving, synchronized swimming and water polo in the lead up to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The girls were able to experience underwater photography first-hand and took the part of both photographer and subject to create their own stunning images. This will enhance their coursework portfolios and brings a whole new dimension to their photography.
Simon’s hands on approach to his specialism both stretched and challenged the girls’ notion of a photograph; how it is brought to life, its lighting, along with its composition and the subject matter at hand. Girls gained real life experience of what it takes to become a professional photographer in today’s current economic climate.
Simon’s dramatic underwater image of former pupil Jodie Le Resche has been used in recent advertising by the School. Jodie now works for the Amateur Swimming Association in a PR and Marketing role, drawing on her own experience of competitive swimming.
“After spending the afternoon observing wonderful photography, I was inspired to really pursue my passion for photography further. The many techniques used were really creative and unique and I will definitely try them in the future.” Remy
“His work was really inspirational and his passion for art really motivated me to develop my own practice!” Monique
“I thought it was very interesting to see how you can do many different things through various angles and lighting techniques. I really enjoyed looking at his photographs and found his talk really motivating!” Ashleigh
“I thought the talk was very enjoyable and interesting. I liked the way he showed a range of his work from creative and effective angles.” Shelby