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Student in The Project publishes photo book

Student in The Project publishes photo book

Author: Barbara Mossman
Author Role: Head of Gifted and Enterprise Education

When Year 11 student Lachlan Fagg took The Project as an elective to develop his photography skills last year, he had no idea that it would begin to shape his sense of future direction in life by confirming a passionate interest in photography. This week, he was finally able to present copies of his published hardcover photography book, CHAC Through a Different Lens, to Mr O’Brien and the College. Copies of the book will be available for visitors to the College to peruse while waiting in various reception areas around the campus.

Since completing The Project subject, Lachlan has been invited to complete work experience on the strength of his photographic folio with a number of professional photographers. He has also been busy developing his experience by organising family photoshoots and hopes to start a photography club in the future.

Looking back on the process of creating his photography book, Lachlan said, “The Project offered me an opportunity to develop my skills in four key areas. Three were focused on technical skills in taking photos, organising files and editing. The fourth area was working on my creativity in being able to find new ways of looking at CHAC – the buildings, the grounds and the students.

“I have learnt so much over this semester, even learning how to create, design and publish a photo book. Comparing how simple I thought photography was with my current perspective, it is astonishing to realise the amount of photographic knowledge that I have gained. However, I could not have done this journey without the invaluable help of my mentor Ben Rugers, my parents and my sister, Ms Hogan, and Ms Mossman who have helped shaped my passion. I would never have been able to complete such a gigantic task without their guidance.

"I am grateful to have been able to learn and improve this vast passion of mine, and I would love to see my work build into a possible career.”