Working with eight students from The London Nautical School we documented the area around West Smithfield, capturing what it looks like now.
Inspiring the students with a competition format, they were challenged with responding creatively to the buildings and architecture of their local area. The competition brief was created by the Schools team at the Museum of London and The KK outlet, the creative outlet who created our ‘Museum of Londoners’ campaign.
Applying for funding from the City of London School Visits Fund, the London Nautical School were able to purchase a set of DSLR cameras to be used for the competition. This is the first time the school have had the opportunity to purchase photography equipment for their Art & Design department.
We wanted to see what West Smithfield looks like now through their eyes. We’ve showcased all eight final photographs below.
A special ‘Highly Commended’ prize was awarded to Camron, as the team at the Museum of London thought the use of layering in this photograph was well-applied, with the tree and branches framing the architecture in the background.
In third place was Roshid. The judges said:
We found it important to include this image, because it is an original approach to such an architecturally-focussed brief. We see a lot of different elements in this image. We are drawn to the worm’s eye view perspective. Because it’s photographed from such an odd and low position, the rest becomes enormous, and makes the image look surreal.
In second place, winning a set of family tickets to our London Nights photography competition, was Alberto’s photograph. The judges said:
Aesthetically, this picture is really good. The picture is timeless. It could have been taken yesterday, but also half a century ago. Because nothing in this pictures depicts time. The bus is photographed in such an abstract way, positioned in the shadow, which makes it unclear if it’s a modern or older bus.
Winning the top prize, of one week of work experience at The KK outlet, was Ismail’s photograph. The judges said:
Well done! From an artistic perspective we think this image is very successful. It’s fairly easy to photograph buildings like everyone else does, but you found another approach and chose to shoot the refection of the building, instead of the building itself.
A worthy winner, we are sure you’ll agree. What interesting architecture do you like around West Smithfield? Tweet us with your favourites @MuseumofLondon