Budding young photographers have been putting their new skills to the test by creating an exhibition of pictures celebrating their Essex village.
Children aged five to 14 took part in the Through Our Eyes project in Great Wakering, funded by Sanctuary Housing and run by Hayley Elizabeth Photography.
The group were taught the basics of photography, including the use of different angles, textures and colours, during a series of workshops before taking to the surrounding lanes and fields to capture eye-catching images.
They also visited Goodman’s, one of two Sanctuary Housing retirement schemes in the village, to photograph the residents’ garden.
An exhibition of the childrens’ pictures took place at Great Wakering Memorial Hall and was attended by the group and their families.
Sanctuary’s Managing Director in Rochford, Emma Keegan, presented each child with a certificate in recognition of their achievements.
The project was designed to encourage the children to take pride in their village and learn a skill they may not have previously tried, as well as nurture friendships.
Under the guidance of professional photographer Hayley Duff, the young people were also able to decorate two photo frames in which to present their work.
She is now hoping the workshops will lead to more inspiring activities for young people in the neighbourhood.
Hayley said: “The project gave the children a chance to interact through positive activity. It also helped to focus them which in turn led them to the creation of some great art work to be proud of.
“Some parents felt that their children were inspired and gained confidence from the workshops. They would like to see more local and accessible opportunities for their children in Great Wakering.”
Emma Keegan commented: “It was amazing to see the quality of the photos taken by the children and to see how much enjoyment they have taken from being involved.
“They have been an inspiration to each other and hopefully they will continue to use these skills in the future and build on the friendships they have made.”
This project was funded by Sanctuary’s Community Investment Fund, supporting projects which benefit Sanctuary residents and their communities.