During the Wallace Collection's free project 'Portrait's in Spaces: Two day Architectural and Photography Project' students of three schools aged between 14 and 16 from The Windsor Boys' School, Christ College Finchley, & Wallington High School for Girls worked with photographers Olivia Hemingway & Alice Farrell to explore architectural & portrait photography, both at the Wallace Collection and at their schools. The students learned how to interpret photographs, using what they had learned to develop their own styles of photography and to respond to the brief given to them. For some students this was an introduction to photography and for others an opportunity to build on existing technical and creative skills.


For Shoot One, the students were asked to photograph within Hertford House, home of The Wallace Collection, and for Shoot Two they were asked to photograph within their own school building. They were commissioned as professional photographers and were expected to fulfil a detailed brief. The participants took interior and exterior shots, wide shots, close ups and interesting angles and points of view. They also compared unfamiliar with familiar environments and how they themselves felt about each space or building, as well as pose, directing a shoot, possible props, mood, atmosphere and narrative. Restrictions were imposed on the students such as no use of flash, rules of working in public spaces and time restrictions; these reflect constraints that could be found in a professional environment. Students were also involved in the editing process and this: portraitsinspaces.com is the final edit.

Following on from 'Portraits In Spaces'
In addition to photographs being showcased on the website, pictures from the Wallace Collection Photography Projects have been used for Wallace Collection publicity, including photographs in the new Wallace Collection Schools Brochure. Also following these projects some students have entered their photographs into photography competitions and all plan to include them in their GCSE coursework.

Contact the Wallace Collection by clicking the link below if you would like to take part in this or any other free schools workshop.