Cotham school, part 1 – workshop

student-photos-compI was invited to work with Cotham school where a project had been devised to create a portrait of the school and its activities through photography and poetry. English students worked with visiting writer Fiona Hamilton to create poems which and I worked with photography students to explore how they could create images that both reflected on life in the school and would complement the words produced by their peers.

Cotham-booklet-3-strips

Cotham still had a darkroom at that point and their teacher Sam Johnson encouraged her students to be ambitious in their approach and some excellent work was produced. We worked together to design a small booklet for reproduction that was available for sale in the school, and I was asked to select a space for an exhibition of their work. The most appropriate location in this archetypal 1930s building seemed to be the main corridor (with its curious blue-glazed brick walls), well used by all students and easily accessible for visitors.

Corridor-exhibitionCotham-bklt-spread

 

 

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