PHOTOGRAPHY students at Irrawang High School have been given four more cameras to work with and they can’t wait to get snapping! Two digital cameras and two traditional film cameras were donated by Soldiers Point Marina at Port Stephens who are dedicated to doing their part to create opportunities for young people in the local community.
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It comes as part of the marina’s long standing support of the Real Futures Foundation.
“We see potential for the young people of Port Stephens,” says Darrell Barnett of Soldiers Point Marina.
“So we do what we can by supporting the efforts of the Real Futures Foundation to assist them with the transition from education to meaningful employment.”
Irrawang High School photography teacher Grant Wylie says the cameras are a timely acquisition to support his students in their studies.
“Film loaded cameras are becoming quite rare, so having an extra two will certainly assist students who are producing projects using our dark room and film processing” Mr Wylie Said.
“The students will use these to explore units of work that relate to light and shadow, landscape photography and portrait photography.”
The students who study photography at Irrawang High School are creative and independent with their projects. “They show a mature work ethic and determination to succeed,” Mr Wylie said.
He anticipates that access to the new equipment, coupled with the knowledge that they are supported in their endeavours by the local community, will grow their confidence.
“When a student realises they are quite talented when holding a camera in their hands, it opens up a completely new realm of possibility for them and they start to see the world visually, in a very different way.” Mr Wylie said.
Opening local student’s eyes to broader horizons for their future is a reward in itself for Soldiers Point Marina. For a small, local business, the marina is recognised Australia-wide and internationally for excellence in the world of sailing.
The management want the young people of Port Stephens to know they have what it takes to do the same in their chosen path.