Open Academy Photography Exhibition

From illuminating stunning architectural details around Norwich Cathedral to taking a closer look at the intriguing medieval graffiti carved onto its ancient walls, students at a school in the city have captured snapshots of the cathedral for the last exhibition at Hostry.

Entitled Textures and Contrasts of Light, the exhibition features the photographs of 10th grade Open Academy students and runs until Saturday, July 2.

The 14- and 15-year-old photographers, many of whom visited the cathedral for the first time for the project, were tasked with taking photos that celebrated the many textures and contrasts of light found around the century-old building.

They spent a day at the cathedral, learning about its history from cathedral guides and enjoying a photography workshop before exploring the building individually with their own cameras. The result is a magnificent collection of works that look at the cathedral with fresh eyes.

Open Academy art and photography teacher Terry Thurston said: “Students produced an eclectic range of photographs depicting the cathedral in different ways, working hard to seek not just the ordinary, but also the often overlooked and smallest parts of the building. The students were able to successfully show the many different viewpoints of the cathedral, capturing scenes that show the cathedral at its most breathtaking and intimate.
“Many students used the texture of the building to emphasize its history, some focused on the carved graffiti, others on the worn stone steps. Other students wanted to draw attention to the relationship between the people and the building, using the contrasts of light to show the scale of the building in relation to the people.

Light textures and contrasts
The Reverend Dr Peter Doll, Acting Dean and Canon Cathedral Librarian, said: “It was wonderful to welcome the Open Academy pupils to Norwich Cathedral and see them enjoy exploring the building. with their cameras.
“The photographic work they have created is exceptional and offers a new and fascinating look at the cathedral. We are delighted to host the Open Academy’s inspiring exhibition Textures and Contrasts of Light and hope that students will enjoy seeing their work on display at the Hostry. We are sure that it will be of interest to many of our visitors throughout this month.

Light textures and contrasts
Textures and contrasts of light is at the Hostry at Norwich Cathedral until Saturday July 2. The exhibition is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (3 p.m. on Sundays). Free entry.

Light textures and contrasts

Tracey L. Sweeney