Thursday, 27 May 2010

More sun in Swansea

Ysgol Penyrheol

We're really getting going now. Everybody in the class has got the big idea and is having fun creating pictures of the landscape. A short trip in the minibus took us to Loughor, where we parked near the boat club overlooking the estuary and the road bridge. The sky was dramatic, with big clouds, mostly white, but a couple were more threateningly dark. Set against the metallic seeming water with a few boats on the foreshore, it was a photographer's dream and the kids took some brilliant images here. Close to the main road bridge the severity of its lines made some for some striking pictures, especially contrasting it with the sand, mud and water.

Above: Class of Penyrheol at Loughor Castle

Close by in Loughor is its little known castle. On the top of a big mound are the remains of a building that had a strategic importance to the Romans, as well as being a much contested site during the medieval period. For us, though, as photographers, it provided opportunities for interesting compositions. Standing against the sky, but with houses close by, the remaining masonry has lots of creative possibilities. A large chunk of stonework has fallen, making intriguing shapes and we had an interesting time interpreting the stones stairs, windows and walls lying on the ground. Judging by the images they showed me when we got back to the class room, I have no doubt that all these kids have talent.

Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn

If anything, the light had improved from the morning, so that when we arrived at the Swansea Marina, it was ideal for photography. Even the wind had warmed quite a bit, making the afternoon very pleasant indeed. Reflections in the water, large numbers boats anchored in the former docks, buildings all around, some new, some from our industrial heritage: all were chances to get our photographic juices going. Then there was the Dylan Thomas Centre and his bronze sculpture, around which we clustered for the group photo. One of the visual themes for this field trip turned out to be bridges. There was the iron structure of the former swing bridge, foot bridges connecting parts of the marina and, lastly, the magnificent Sail Bridge, which is a beautiful piece of contemporary engineering.

Above: Penybryn class and Dylan Thomas at Swansea Marina

It was a memorable field trip, one that the class enjoyed and inspired them to produce excellent work. So, congratulations to everybody!

1 comment:

  1. This project is fantastically run by Mrs Cheryl Kitt and Mr Ken Day, and our children at Penyrheol Comprehensive are thoroughly enjoying the experience, gaining enthusiasm and expertise on each trip. The weather was very much on our side as we explored the limited remains of Loughor Castle and the famous Loughor Bridge that separates the land of the Scarlets and Ospreylia! The pupils can’t wait to get back out on the road and snapping away again!