I needn't have been so nervous about meeting the next generation of photographers! I was invited to give a talk and answer questions about photography to the lovely children of Amlwch Primary School on my home island of Anglesey, North Wales.
They have been set the task of documenting their own area, rich in history as a copper mining town in the 19th century and their teacher allowed me a broad remit on the subject of taking photographs. We talked about how photographs are records, capture things that catch our attention, tell stories and ask questions. We covered ideas about the use of colour, shapes, textures and patterns as well as visual storytelling and searching for the unusual. I never fully anticipated how perceptive the questions would be about my images and how their young eyes gave an innocent, yet very sophisticated review of my work. The enthusiastic engagement was a pleasure to experience and these were first-class critics.
As my example images went up on the projector, there would often be a collective gasp and a flurry of raised hands to offer opinions, interpretations and ask questions. It was humbling.
I would certainly encourage anyone with the same opportunity to grasp it. I certainly gained greatly from the experience and can't wait to see the photographs that they're going to present in a week's time as part of their project. Best of luck to these new photographers!