Wide Angle Young Photographers 2015-17

Young Photographers Exhibition- Nov 2017

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This November our Wide Angle young photographers’ group are exhibiting their work at Great Yarmouth Library, Norfolk. From 14th to 26th November, enjoy the cultural and creative community of the town through expressive photos. The photos on display were taken by the young volunteer photographers at various events, including with SeaChange Arts, Great Yarmouth & Waveney Mind, Neighbourhoods that Work, Time & Tide Museum and more.

Alongside the show, you can also enjoy having a flick through the new photo-book which has been specially designed and produced to show off the young photographer’s creative talents.

Wide Angle Young Volunteer Photographers 2015


Great Yarmouth has a brand new group of young volunteer photographers. Wide Angle Young Photographers are taking part in Saturday masterclasses with professional photographers to develop their skills before offering their services to cultural and community organisations in the town. So far the group have worked with former Archant journalist James Bass, London based events photographer Barney Newman and Wayne Pilgrim who has worked on fashion shoots for Vogue and Tatler magazines. At the same time project partners Voluntary Norfolk are providing training for community organisations to help them identify their marketing capabilities. Students have already been invited on assignments such as The Harry Potter evening at Yarmouth Community Library.

Ellie Pendergast (top left) 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 create an exhibition at Great Yarmouth Library and a publication, which will provide a visual record and celebration of the great work being done by cultural and community organisations in the town.

Tricia Hall chair of Creative Collisions says, ‘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. The project has been generously funded by Norfolk Community Foundation and The Youth Social Action Fund.

Are you 16 -25 and interested in Photography?

Would you like to gain real live work experience, take part in masterclasses with industry professionals, develop your portfolio and exhibit your work?

Creative Collisions is delighted to be working with Voluntary Norfolk to form a new group of young volunteer photographers! The group will take part masterclasses with professional photographers to develop their skills before gaining real live work experience in the community throughout the year. At the end of the year the group will produce an exhibition and a book to celebrate the great work being done by community groups in the town.

Masterclass dates

  • 14th January – Photo Journalism with James Bass Great Yarmouth Mercury
  • 21st January – Events photography with Barney Newman
  • 28th January – Promotional photography with Wayne Pilgrim
  • 4th February – Photography for Social Media and Blogging with Nick Stone from Starfish Design.
  • 11th February – Digital Editing in Photoshop with Jeremy Webb

You don’t need to be experienced but you will need to be enthusiastic!

For expressions of interest please email tricia.hall@norfolk.gov.uk

Phone 01493 743946 or text Tricia on 07785528431

This Project has been generously funded by Youth Social Action Fund- Norfolk Community Foundation.

Grant success for Wide Angle Young Volunteers

Great news for the Wide Angle documentary photography group, we have been awarded a grant of £4,685. The money has been awarded as part of the Youth Social Action fund by  Norfolk Community Foundation. We will set up a new group of young volunteer photographers who will receive masterclasses and mentoring with professional photographers before offering their services to cultural and community groups in Great Yarmouth. Creative Collisions will work in partnership with Norfolk Voluntary Services to provide these exciting ‘live’ work experience opportunities for young photographers and help local organisations to identify their marketing needs. If you are 16 – 25yrs old and would like to join the group or find out more email: tricia.hall@norfolk.gov.uk or call 01493 743946


Behind the Scenes Photo shoot

Some of the Wide Angle photography group returned toTime and Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life on Tuesday 9th August to help us out with a photoshoot. ‪#‎BehindTheScenes‬ #takeoverday with historical characters; scary faces, great poses and professional photography! Thanks to all involved, it was wonderful to see you and we were really impressed with the final images – watch this space to see the final shots!

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Yarmouth Town


Two students from East Norfolk Sixth Form currently have their Photographic work on display at Time & Tide Museum. Both students were introduced to Time & Tide Museum through the Wide Angle documentary photography group and hope to have a career in photography. Ellie said ‘Time and Tide Museum has supported me massively in this process by expanding my knowledge and portfolio which I appreciate so much’.

Described by the  Great Yarmouth Mercury as “Yarmouth through the lens”- Both works focus on the transformation of Great Yarmouth over time.

Ellie Pendergast found photographs in the Time & Tide and Picture Norfolk archives and has documented changes in Great Yarmouth by visiting the same locations and photographing them again using 35mm film. The work highlights how the infrastructure of the town has expanded to accommodate tourism but industries like fishing have
declined. Ellie has completed A Level Photography and is going on to study Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at East Norfolk Sixth Form College. She is passionate about photography and focuses on landscape by documenting areas of either beauty or neglect.

Maddie Rhodes has photographed a journey along Northgate Street where she has documented several small businesses including a traditional fish monger, a barber shop which has been on the street since 1950, a butcher, the garage and a popular pub. She wanted to document the street  because she grew up locally and the businesses and their owners have always been a part of her life.

The exhibition is on all summer so please come and have a see for yourself!

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Wide Angle Portraits- Halfway to Paradise

Halfway to Paradise is the title of a Billy Fury song and the name of the summer exhibition at Time at Tide which celebrates the lively music scene in Great Yarmouth in 1960’s. Great Yarmouth Arts Festival has also adopted and extended the theme for its carnival parade in 2016. The parade aspires to involve and celebrate the multi-cultural communities who live and work in Great Yarmouth. The parade will explore the notion that we are all attempting to travel towards our own idea of paradise and that our ideas are as diverse as we are.

For over a century Great Yarmouth was one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK but in the 1970’s the boom years came to an end with the introduction of cheap holidays abroad and British holiday makers began to travel the world in search of hot sunshine and clear blue seas.

Great Yarmouth has always been an international town with its port and fishing industries bringing seafarers from around the world. In later years this trend was continued with the offshore industry bringing in expertise from many different countries. These global connections have at times helped to make the town one of the most prosperous in the country. In recent years Great Yarmouth has also seen the arrival of immigrants from different countries coming to start a new life here and making valuable contributions to the economy and culture of the town.

The Wide Angle photography group has been working alongside documentary photographer Martin Pigott to create portraits of people who have recently settled in Great Yarmouth. They said ‘It has been a pleasure to have an insight into other people’s lives’

Wide Angle would like to thank GYROS for their support.

Formed in 1998, GYROS supports newcomers and migrant communities in the Great Yarmouth area.


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Wide Angle Winter

During the winter of 2013 – 14 a group of young documentary photographers took part in a series of master classes with professional photographers an each session had a different theme.

The Streets of Great Yarmouth with Justin Partyka aimed to find the poetry in photography whilst Out of Season with Paul Osborne explored the town during the winter sleep. Market life with Madeleine Iliff explored black and white journalistic style photography and Abstract Great Yarmouth with Daniel Clegg focussed on colour, texture and composition.

The project has helped young people to work towards Arts Awards and college applications. One participant said, “Wide Angle has really helped me take my photographic studies into higher education. The photos I have taken were added to my portfolio ready for my interviews where the interviewers were very impressed with my work especially my wide angle work”.

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About Creative Collisions

Creative Collisions is an imaginative Youth Arts Network for Great Yarmouth where likeminded young people can share ideas, produce events and exhibitions and communicate opportunities in the arts. It is supported by Time & Tide Museum and local high schools and colleges

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