On Wednesday 10th October A level Photography pupils headed to Brighton to explore the Photoworks Photography Biennial. The eighth Brighton Photo Biennial draws on one of the most important geopolitical events of our time and much of the photography responds to this current uncertainty surrounding the UK’s status within the EU.
Pupils navigated their way around a series of venues in Brighton, including the Fabrica Gallery, Homesick, the Jubilee Library and the University of Brighton and they viewed photographer’s work from a range of ages and nationalities. Pupils were inspired to consider the deeper meaning behind the photographer’s work and to consider the different methods for display that the photographers employed.
Many were struck by the work of a Syrian artist depicting the destruction of his parental home in Damascus and were moved by the images of the ‘jungle’ in Calais. The nature of the exhibition is especially poignant as we welcome many pupils from Europe and globally and Bethany prides itself on our inclusivity and diversity.
Pupils also had plenty of opportunities to put theory into practice and shoot their own images of Brighton exploring exposure, shutter speed and depth of field to create some striking images which they will be developing into a more substantial body of work. There was just enough time for ice creams and fish and chips as we enjoyed the unusual warm 23 degree October weather!