Exhibition puts Duns pupils in the picture

L-r, Martha Beattie (P3), Robbie McIntosh (P3) and Ingrid Stevenson (P2) all from Duns Primary School holding their own photos they took as part of an exhibition held by Michael Liddington the school's nursery teacher.

L-r, Martha Beattie (P3), Robbie McIntosh (P3) and Ingrid Stevenson (P2) all from Duns Primary School holding their own photos they took as part of an exhibition held by Michael Liddington the school's nursery teacher.

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Children from Duns Primary School are following in their teacher’s footsteps and focusing on photography.

Having visited an exhibition of photographs by teacher Mike Liddington at Duns Library last autumn, the pupils have been busy developing their own skills.

And now the fruits of their labour can be seen in their very own exhibition, which will be on display in the exhibition room at Duns Library until January 28.

Mr Liddington, who previously worked as a medical photographer until he switched to teaching, explained: “I had an exhibition of my own photographs in September, so all the classes went up to see my pictures.

“This project has really followed on from that - we thought it would be a nice idea to exhibit the children’s photos.”

The exhibition is the product of a competition in the school, and features the children’s favourite photographs.

“We ran a sort of competition where each class collected the photos that the children wanted to submit, then the parallel class voted on their favourite pictures, so it was a pupils’ choice,” Mr Liddington explained.

“We gave the photos from each class to the other class in the age group to vote on, so they weren’t voting for their best friends - it was based on which pictures they liked best.

“Basically we just mounted them up and each child with a photograph in the exhibition wrote about their photo and why they took it.”

The photographs feature a wide range of subjects, from family pets and animals in their gardens, to holiday snaps and classic cars.

The children took their photographs using their own or their parents’ cameras, with some getting to grips with modern technology to capture a moment in time.

“Some of them went out deliberately to take pictures for the exhibition, others happened to be out and about and have a camera,” Mr Liddington said.

“Some used camera phones, there was even one taken on an iPhone. It’s been really good, the children are really pleased to have their photographs in the exhibition, and hopefully some of them will carry it on.

“Once again each class will be going along to have a look at the exhibition. Some of the parents have even said they’re hoping it will be an annual event.”