Student’s work in focus for exhibition

At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Photography Movement invited young people from across the country to practice their mindful photography skills and bring their emotions to life with a photograph for their Show and Tell exhibition; titled: How Are You Feeling?

Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 11th March 2021, 11:58 am

Year 12 student, Yasmin Topley, from Harrogate Grammar School has had her photograph selected out of 22,000 submissions to appear in the Show and Tell exhibition, which represents the extraordinary words and photos of young people’s stories of an endless pandemic and how they are really feeling during these challenging times.

The Photography Movement’s Show and Tell exhibition was open to students age 10-18, and Harrogate Grammar School decided to run the competition as a live working brief for their year 12 photography students who are currently working through the foundation stage of their A level course.

A spokesman said: “This competition was the perfect opportunity for students to reflect upon their feelings and emotions linked to the current pandemic and to communicate this visually.

“Students were encouraged to think about how they were feeling through group discussions and workshops and how photographic techniques and methods could be used to communicate these feelings and emotions.

“There were some amazing submissions from all the year 12 students but there was one image that caught the eye of the judges.”

Out of 22,000 entries Yasmin, who started studying photography in Year 12, secured a place in the exhibition of 83 young photographers with her piece ‘Escapism’.

Yasmin said: “I’m thrilled to have been selected to appear in the Show and Tell exhibition.

“Upon hearing the brief, I liked the concept of acknowledging people’s mental health in a creative way.

“I chose the word ‘escapism’ for my image as I know for me, and for many others my age, listening to music has helped me get through this pandemic and has been a source for escaping the current realities we are living in.”