An international artist representation agency approached Shrewsbury Colleges Group to get photography-enthused students involved in their IShrewsbury project.

Tea & Water Pictures, based in London and New York, asked students to use photography to tell a story of somebody who lives or works in Shrewsbury. The winning student will have their photographs and story published in the first edition of the I♥Shrewsbury magazine and will also get the chance to spend the day with Jørn Tomter, an experienced and professional photographer.

Oscar Haywood Martin tea and water photo project for website

The aim of the I♥Shrewsbury project is to document people and their stories in the community, to eventually build up a body of work for the magazine and an exhibition. The concept was developed by Tea & Water Founding Partner Hannah Vicary (who is currently mentoring a former A Level Photography student) after Jørn Tomter launched his successful I♥ChatsworthRoad project. 

Oscar Haywood Martin, from Caersws in Powys, was announced as the winner and his work was chosen for the project. Oscar studies A Level Photography, Electronics and Film Studies – and hopes to continue working in photography after College.

Oscar said: “Every time I walk between English and Welsh Bridge Campuses I notice a violin shop along the Town Walls and thought it would be perfect for this project. Julian Batey Violins is filled to the brim with orchestral stringed instruments and that created a great aesthetic for my photography. I spent a few hours speaking to the owner and photographing him and the store interior. I was so surprised when my work was chosen, but this is such a great opportunity for me.” 

Stefan Greco, Photography teacher said: “Oscar was a deserved winner. This opportunity is invaluable for our students and for the photography department. A door has been opened for us to build a lasting relationship with Tea & Water Pictures with potential to allow exceptional students to be offered opportunities for work experience, as well as professional photographers to deliver future talks at the College.”

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