Photo sisterhood show best snaps

Western Institute of Technology Taranaki's all-female certificate of photography class, who will be participating in the end of year exhibition Cartelle on campus today, formed quite a sisterhood during their one-year course.

"We didn't think we would be able to get through this year but we all managed to stick together," said Carmela Snooks, 31, who is an exponent of extreme sports photo-journalism.

The eight women, who cover a range of photography styles from portrait to landscapes, showed better staying power than their male colleagues.

"All the guys dropped out," said Clare Richardson, who is exhibiting landscape photography.

Art department head Geraldine Guy said this year's photography students had become quite close and were nervous about what is for many their first exhibition.

The students had mixed emotions ahead of showing their work to the public.

"We're nervous but happy at the same time," Miss Richardson said. She said the exhibition was an opportunity for parents to see the results of their hard work.

"They put up with the tantrums and they'll be happy with the results," she said.

The photography students will be showing alongside the Diploma of Creative Technologies and Bachelor of Visual Arts exhibition Menagerie.

Both Cartelle and Menagerie open at 5.30pm tonight on the Witt campus and run for two weeks.

- Tipene Bryant is a Witt journalism student

Taranaki Daily News