By ES International School BCN team
Being a creative, critical thinker is one of our Core Values at ESIS, and developing this side of ourselves is integral in every classroom. These skills are important for problem solving as well as reading and writing, and attention to detail is paramount in being successful in any undertaking. This semester in Middle School, Mr. Gaudin was inspired to share his love for photography and the joy that being creative with a camera can bring. “Photography has been something I have had a passion for since I was young,” said Mr. Gaudin. “I minored in photography in college and I was a photojournalist for the US Army for five years.”
He wants to expose his students to the art of photography and to have them learn key skills that have them focusing on the details in their images. This way, they can make pictures instead of take pictures.
Recently, students from the photography class went on an excursion to Sitges in order to use the skills they had learned. They participated in a photography competition and were asked to take pictures in four key categories: Fine Art, Photojournalism, Landscape, and Street Art Photography.
“I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the kids on the trip, and the excitement they showed when they created something special,” remembered Mr. Gaudin. Many of the students enjoyed using the clear photography ball, or lensball, to create unique images.
It was a difficult decision to choose the winners in each category, but we want to congratulate Peter Ye, Iris Scheepstra, Troy Scevenels, and Emilia Hamborg-Thomsen for getting first prizes. Romina Fuentes Fonseca and Roman Ussoyan got an honorable mention for their photographs. “Of course, I want to keep learning about photography,” said Romina Fuentes Fonseca. For us this is the ultimate goal – inspiring our students!
View the winning Photography Contest photos here!