Teen photographer sells three pictures at new fundraising exhibition in Richmond
Teen photographer Sophie Milson was chuffed to sell three of the seven pictures she displayed last weekend at a new exhibition in Richmond.
"It's exciting for someone to purchase something you've created," said the 19-year-old former Waimea College pupil.
Milson was one of 14 artists who displayed some of their work at the inaugural How Great Thou Art exhibition, which was held at Richmond Baptist Church last Friday and Saturday.
One of the organisers and exhibitors, Sue Birchfield, said 10 per cent of the money from the sale of any artwork would go towards fundraising for non-profit counselling service PACT – Parents and Children Together – and Ma's Place, a drop-in centre for mothers and their children in Richmond.
As well as the artwork, there was a silent auction, Devonshire teas for sale and attendees were asked for a gold coin donation for entry.
While the final count had not been completed, it appeared the event had raised "a few thousand" for the organisations.
"Most people who exhibited sold something so that was a real bonus," Birchfield said.
Self-taught photographer Milson, who is about to start a degree at the University of Canterbury, said she first became interested in photography while at Hope School and picked it up again in year 11.
When she started, Milson took photos of a range of subjects from her mum's "really great" garden to her baby cousin and a friend's soccer game. She had also worked as a second photographer at a wedding.
Her passion now was portraits – candid shots of people in particular.
"I love natural beauty," Milson said. "If they're [subjects] laughing without knowing I'm there, it's so beautiful."
She was also a fan of black and while portraits.
"It adds depth to the photo."
Milson said she did not believe portraits would be suitable for the exhibition so she chose shots she had taken in nature of ferns, beech trees and raindrops.
While Milson was not planning to study photography at university, she would keep taking photos and was looking forward to capturing the Canterbury landscape.
Birchfield, who sold six of her own paintings, said there had already been inquiries from potential exhibitors for a similar event in 2018.