Student photographers take a dive

Art students at Saint Martin’s School in Solihull took part in an underwater masterclass with photographer Simon Wright

GCSE and A-level art students saw the school’s swimming pool transformed into a subaquatic photography studio complete with waterproof lights and cameras for the award-winning photographer’s visit.

Simon Wright is the founder of the GB Swimstars project, promoting 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, as photographer and subject, creating images to enhance their coursework portfolios and bring new dimensions to their photography.

Simon’s sessions taught the students about lighting, composition and subject matter, and gave them an insight into what it takes to become a professional photographer.

Saint Martin’s student Remy said: ‘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.’



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