Students look back on best and worst of Ilkeston in 2015

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Students at an Ilkeston school closed out the year with an event that looked back on the best and worst of the town in 2015.

Sixth-formers at Ormiston Ilkeston Enterprise Academy have been working with charity Direct Help and Advice (DHA) to foster community ties for young people.

Funded by a grant from Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Alan Charles, seven keen-eyed photography novices took to the streets to capture the town from its most positive and negative angles.

The resulting work went on show at the academy in an exhibition as part of the usual end-of-term celebrations.

DHA project coordinator Kathryn Doar said: “We wanted students to get to grips with what’s happening in their community and how they can help improve it.”

For most of the group, it was their first experience using professional cameras and editing techniques.

Art teacher Sarah Griffiths said: “The students were really excited to be part of this project, and I think it was great for them to get a different perspective on the town centre.

“They were interested in the architecture of the buildings. I thought the photos were amazing, some of the students will use them in their university portfolios.”

Student Michael Straw, 17, said: “I’ve never really done photography before so it was a great opportunity to learn a new skill.

“It was interesting taking photos around Ilkeston; I have always lived here but never really looked that closely at the buildings.”