BUDDING photographers in west Belfast have displayed their work for the first time in public for a new exhibition.
In recent weeks, a course for beginners was taught at Springhill Community House with award-winning Irish News photographer Mal McCann.
Those taking part were able to increase their knowledge of photography using mobile phones to capture landscapes such as Black Mountain, Titanic Quarter and the Bog Meadows.
The results are now on display at Conway Mill Theatre, with more than 20 framed photographs lining the walls of the once derelict mill which has been revitalised as a hub for arts, crafts, education, social enterprise and cultural expression.
Springhill Community House coordinator Ciaran Cahill said: “The exhibition was the first time our photographers, as well as their family and friends, saw their masterpieces on display, and they were literally lost for words.
“This project wasn’t just about learning new photography skills, it was about bringing people together, sharing experiences and exploring the beauty of nature that we have around us.”
Established in 1972 by Dr Desmond Wilson, the People’s School at Springhill Community House has been dedicated to empowering the local community through education. Many of those attending over the years have had a negative experience within school settings which discouraged them from returning to education. Through offering classes and training in a relaxed setting, the project puts participants at ease and acts as a stepping stone to other service providers.
As well as gaining formal qualifications, those taking part also build their self-esteem and enhance their quality of life.
The photography course will run again in the new year, with those interested asked to call Springhill Community House on 028 90326722.