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1st Jul, 2022

Stratford students say it with snaps

WORDS have helped make Stratford world famous.

And now students from the town are following in Shakespeare’s mighty footsteps only they have swapped the quill for a camera.

Photography students are collaborating with the Stratford Literary Festival to capture the town’s relationship to words, and posting them to social media site Instagram.

In the lead up to the 2019 festival in April, second year photography students at Stratford College have been tasked with producing an exhibition, titled Stratford in Words, charting the seasonal changes of the town through the words feature around its streets.

Each week, the students are walking the same streets once trodden by the bard to take photographs, which are then published on the Instagram account.

“From images of the painted names on the sides of boats to shop signs reflected in autumn puddles, the students are putting their skills to the test to find the best shots and the most interesting uses of language in the town.

Festival director Annie Ashworth said: “When you look around town, you see there are words everywhere from official signs to graffiti. We are loving the creativity of the images that the photographers have produced already and which have been posted.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing what else they capture over the next few months.”

Nick Priest, photographer lecturer at the college, said the students were excited by the opportunity.

He added: “Students will get the chance to get creative with new and exciting photographs, using the photography skills and techniques they have learnt within the college course at Stratford.”

Visit Instagram account @stratfordinwords to see more of the photographs.

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