Views of the world

17th July 1998 at 01:00
(Photograph) - TES Primary wondered how children from two very different schools might see their environments - so we gave them cameras

An overall view

Twenty children aged between 8 and 11 - ten from MarionRichardson primary in east London and ten from Thriplow Church of England primary in Cambridgeshire - were given one Fuji Quick Snap disposable camera (from about Pounds 5 each without flash) between two and went out for a walk accompanied by two teachers and photographer Geoff Franklyn.

Each pupil took a turn to be the photographer while the other one wrote down the picture caption details.

Geoff said the pupils weren't completely aware of what their final pictures would look like because the camera took a wider-angled shot than was visible through the viewfinder. Using disposables also increases the risk of wobbly pictures due to "camera shake".

The schools are now considering the possibility of working together and extending the project.

"Watch the birdie" - Geoff's tips

1 Design an image by running your eye around the perimeter of the viewfinder.

2 Get permission from people you're photographing.

3 Keep the sun behind you.

4 Don't rush the picture; take your time.

5 Don't put the subject's face in the middle of the picture because you'll end up with too much sky.

6 Try shooting the picture on a slant or lying on the floor. It adds tension and interest.

7 Think about your audience - what are you trying to tell them with your finished picture?

Above: Runa Rahman's 'Telephone box' featured photographer Geoff Franklyn and Marion Richardson teacher Lynn Hutchison in surprise guest appearances

Photographs this page by pupils from Thriplow primary, Cambridgeshire.

Above: Max Harley-Smith's photo 'Craig on a slide'

Right: Craig Plater's picture was captioned 'Prety cotage'

Above (left and right): RachelDeed's 'Post box' and 'Flowers for sale outside the post office'

Left: Sophie Goodyear's 'Bumble recovering from a heart attack'

Right: Craig Plater's photo of 'Rose and Jane'

Photographs this page by pupils from Marion Richardson primary, London: Top right: 'This is a gasometer' by Shah Jahan

Top left: Omar Awuah's view of 'A spider web in the park'

Above: Omar also caught 'Two old womans and a dog' in his viewfinder

Left: Tara Miah Baker was fascinated by a 'Shoe shop'

Above: Thriplow pupil Craig Plater's photo of the 'Farm Lane' sign Left: Marion Richardson pupil Ashraful Islam's vision of a 'No entry sign' photofile

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