Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Students Capture the Essence of City's Carnival of Flowers through the Lens; Group Shoots the Life of Festival

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Students Capture the Essence of City's Carnival of Flowers through the Lens; Group Shoots the Life of Festival

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Byline: Doug Parrington doug.parrington@thechronicle.com.au

Dancers prepare for a photograph on Carnival of Flowers parade day.

NEWSPAPER photographers have a tough gig.

No matter what the weather conditions, the poor light, the surliness or happiness of the subjects, or the perils facing them at the time, their job is to capture news within an image. Every time.

The adage about every picture telling a story is their daily narrative.

And as our industry dictates, the pictures have to tell the story as simply (sometimes as brutally) as possible. There's little scope for nuance, subtlety or artistic licence.

It requires discipline to resist straying from the focus, which is to capture an image that sells the story, be it about Girl Guides or car crashes.

But beyond pursuing aharda news pictures, photographers a[pounds sterling] be they newspaper employees or happy snappers a[pounds sterling] love to use their cameras as instruments of discovery in usually unseen worlds. When liberated, photographers can go off in all sorts of perceptual and innovative directions.

Which brings us to these images presented today, surely evidence that photography has as many dimensions as there are photographers.

These pictures are the result of a suggestion by The Chronicle's pictorial editor Bev Lacey to Toowoomba TAFE teacher Doug Spowart (her former teacher) that a special project be undertaken by his students with the Carnival of Flowers as the subject.

The only rider was that the eight participating students should capture images beyond the ordinary. Conventional photography was not required.

What was needed were the full disciplines of a professional photographer; the students had to shoot, caption, crop, size, adjust colour, file the images onto a CD and deliver the whole product to The Chronicle as part of a full working project. …

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