Society snappers set to train their lenses on local life in Great Yarmouth

Members of the Wide Angle Young Photographers group formed by Creative Collisions to offer their ser

Members of the Wide Angle Young Photographers group formed by Creative Collisions to offer their services to cultural and community organistions in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass Photography - Credit: © James Bass 2017

A new generation of society snappers is set to document the life of cultural and community organisations in and around Great Yarmouth.

Under the guidance of expert lensmen they will soon be out and about on a range of volunteer assignments.

The group, comprising further education students, has been honing its skills with professional photographers at the Time and Tide Museum at Saturday master-classes.

The aim is to help the young members turn a passion for photography into a career.

All Wide Angle Young Photographers receive mentoring and guidance helping them to find out what it takes to become a commercial photographer working in photojournalism, events and corporate photography while gaining 'live' work experience.

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The project is led by Creative Collisions Youth Arts Network.

At the same time project partners Voluntary Norfolk are providing training for community organisations to help them identify their marketing capabilities.

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Ellie Pendergast, who is taking part during her gap year, said: 'These groups are really useful for your future as it allows you to meet other photographers.

'Working together to create an exhibition and volunteering for the local community gives you pride that you're helping people out through something you love.'

At the end of the year the group will stage an exhibition at Great Yarmouth Library and a publication which will provide a visual record and celebration of the work being done by cultural and community organisations in the town.

Tricia Hall, chair of Creative Collisions, said: 'The group was formed as a response to previous projects, where young photographers told us that they love working with industry professionals and are keen to get real experience.

'Most of the group have done no formal volunteering before and this kind thing can make a real difference in communities as well as boosting the career prospects of individuals.'

Most of the young people have come from Great Yarmouth College and East Norfolk Sixth Form College via the youth arts network. The first session was lead by former Archant photographer James Bass who now has his own company.

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