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31st July 2018

Photographs showing the challenges faced by homeless people, taken by a student at City of Wolverhampton College, have been selected for an exhibition being held in London this week.

The series of three digital chromagenic prints – from the project ‘Three sugars, please’ produced by photography student Ross McDonald – have been selected for the Origins Creative Arts festival 2018, organised by the University of the Arts London (UAL), and will be on display at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf from August 2-5.

The pictures, taken at the city’s night shelter, highlight the trial and tribulations of those affected by homelessness and poverty, as well as the vital part that volunteers play in the running of the service.

Ross, aged 20, who took the pictures as part of his course work for the UAL Level 3 extended diploma in photography and digital image, said:I volunteered at the church shelter in Broad Street for six months supporting and documenting the work of service users and volunteers.  My project looks at what it means to be a volunteer and why they give their own time and resources to help others.

“The time spent at the shelter was invaluable and I hope that my work will shed light on the passion and good work the volunteers do there. I am extremely honoured to have been selected for the UAL Origins exhibition and eagerly await the opening!”

Photography tutor Chris Hill added: “It’s fantastic news that Ross’s work has been selected for display in the exhibition. There were over 340 entries from colleges nationwide and it demonstrates that his talents as a photographer have been recognised at a national level.”

The college is currently recruiting for full-time and part-time photography courses starting in September – for details click here or Tel: 01902 836000 .

The Origins Creative Arts Festival, now in its eighth year, showcases a selection of the finest art, design, fashion, creative media, and music and music-based performing arts compositions produced by students completing further education qualifications at UAL approved institutions across the UK.

Photography student's pictures snapped up for London exhibition
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