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PICTURES: Dramatic skyscape photographs taken by pupils from Inverness Royal Academy feature in exhibition at the city's Eastgate Shopping Centre

By Val Sweeney

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Pupils Jani Cameron, Carrie Miller and Zoe Thomson.
Pupils Jani Cameron, Carrie Miller and Zoe Thomson.

Photographs depicting dramatic landscapes are being displayed in a month-long exhibition of work by pupils from Inverness Royal Academy.

Skyscape will be on show at the community gallery in the Eastgate Shopping Centre in Inverness.

It features 20 images created by pupils attending the school’s first NPA digital photography class.

Having reviewed the last year, being in and out of lockdown, pupil Abdul Wahid, came up with the theme of Skyscapes with a focus on positivity and beauty for the exhibition.

As a class, it involved discussing the aspirational ideas of looking up and to the future that the physical motion of looking towards the sky creates.

The theme also allowed the pupils sufficient creative liberties to stand out from each other.

On top of the set curriculum, the class set to work on capturing sunrises, sunsets, blue skies and atmospheric colours during term time for the community gallery.

The exhibition features photographs by S4 pupil Carrie Miller, including Dusk and Brisk which were taken in December.

She said they were good illustrations of how she had learnt to capture mood and atmosphere in her photographs.

"The photo Still Morning was a quick opportunity in November around 8.10am while I was walking to school," she continued.

"I snapped this fiery image with vivid reds and oranges.

"I am interested in advertising and branding as an area for a future career, of which the digital photography class at school is providing useful skills."

Julie MacLennan, acting depute rector, came forward with the exhibition theme for possible inclusion at the shopping centre’s community gallery which enables schools, community groups, artists, and photographers to showcase their work for free on a monthly basis.

"It is a pleasure to teach the NPA digital photography class," she said.

"I have enjoyed seeing how creative and skilful all the pupils are and I was very impressed with the ideas produced and the quality of images they created within the theme of Skyscapes."

The exhibition runs until Sunday October 31.

The following exhibition will feature 20 drone photographs by Scottish adventure, travel and lifestyle photographer, Jared MacKay.

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