Waimate maths teacher has the world in focus

SUE FRANCIS
Last updated 05:00 04/03/2014
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MULTI-TALENTED: Photographer Lindsay Willoughby.

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Statistics and photography are complementary for Waimate woman Lindsay Willoughby.

The head of Waimate High School's maths department launched her first solo exhibition last week in the former PGG Wrightson building in Waimate.

Two of her photos made the cut for the 44th Otago Festival of Photography show in Dunedin late last year. Others help promote Waimate district in its calendar and telephone book.

When she moved to Waimate from the UK with her family eight years ago her photography hobby took off. She credits the Focus Aorangi Photographic Society for helping her hone her craft.

She first picked up a camera as a twelve-year-old.

"My best subjects at school were art and maths. My parents couldn't afford to keep printing everything so I had to think more about what I was photographing."

Her exhibition in Waimate featured 62 images ranging from landscape and wildlife to first class cricket and skateboarding.

Around 80 people viewed the show throughout the week, and some were inspired to pick up their cameras as a result. Willoughby plans to help other people learn more about their cameras.

Her own favourite images from the exhibition were sunrise at the Catlins, and an action shot at a moto-cross event in Waimate.

She worked for several years in the UK as a statistician at a crop and weed science research station.

"One of the cleaners there needed a tutor to help her child with maths. After helping this girl, and then another, I got redundancy and did a year of teacher training."

Research work had been her ideal job, she said.

"But teaching has a yearly cycle too, you get to know your students, and you see them develop through the year."

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- The Timaru Herald

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