HSDC Photography students take part in ‘At Home’ online exhibition

June 5, 2020

Photographs of three HSDC Photography students are part of a national online exhibition entitled ‘At Home’. The theme is ‘Reflections on how it feels to be a young person at home living a different kind of life.’

The exhibition runs from 4 to 19 June and is being coordinated by the Sixth Form Colleges Association. It celebrates the arts and recognises the importance of promoting the artists of the future. Over 140 students from 45 colleges submitted their photos. ‘At Home’ displays photos taken by college students to express their feelings about living at home during the global pandemic.

The three pieces, by Havant Campus student Hollie Long (entitled ‘Finn in Window’), South Downs Campus student Ollie Robinson (entitled ‘Untitled’) and Alton Campus student Alice Wilkinson (entitled ‘Per Aspera ad Astra’), are diverse and display their talents.

Ollie explained his photo as “Lost time – trapped in a virtual world”. Alice, who has just finished her first year in A level Photography, said she called it ‘Per Aspera ad Astra’ because it means ‘through hardships to the stars’ in Latin. She explains the rationale behind the piece:

“As mental health for teenagers is important, I thought that my image was a good interpretation. I think that the composition portrays the fear and vulnerability behind the girl’s hidden hands, while the mental incarceration surrounds her. I participated as I wanted to spread awareness and share the expression on the challenges of mental health during this time.”

Paul Williams, HSDC Alton A Level Photography lecturer, is proud of the students work:

“This has been a difficult time for all students, but this has been a wonderful opportunity to allow creativity to still thrive. It’s great to see how these students have captured the experiences of lockdown from their own perspective.”

The exhibition can be viewed by going to https://www.sixthformcolleges.org/411/at-home.