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Photography course puts youngsters in the picture
A PHOTOGRAPHER and youth worker from Salisbury have set up a photography course for young people living in the highest levels of deprivation in Wiltshire.
Rowan Fulton, 35, was granted £1,000 by Wiltshire Council’s Salisbury Area Board to fund the 12-week course and eight teenagers from Salisbury took part.
They went along to weekly sessions alongside working on their own projects to produce a portfolio.
Ms Fulton said: “I think the main benefit of the course was the opportunity for them to learn new skills and to prove to themselves they can work on something and complete it. It is good for confidence and self esteem.
“They all worked together and it got them talking positively and sharing their feelings about their lives. They all really respected the differences between what they were producing and everybody produced very different photos.”
Ms Fulton also runs her own business, D’velop ltd, where she works with young people in children’s homes and with children excluded from school.
The photography course was a big success with many of the participants now hoping to further their studies in photography.
Ms Fulton is hoping to expand in the future to cater for more youngsters who have expressed an interest in the course.