Capturing life behind a window

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Northumberland art students will offer shoppers a rare behind-the-scenes insight into daily life at a county shopping centre, with a series of environmental portraits.

HND Photography students from Northumberland College have been given the chance to shadow employees working at Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure in Cramlington as part of their latest project.

‘Behind the Shop Window at Manor Walks’ will see 11 students partnered with a selection of retailers, including Next, Boots, Pets at Home, O2, Barclays, Asda, Vue Cinema, Three, Coffee As You Like It and Poundland.

Following the employees during their normal working day, the project aims to capture the familiar yet surprising role of a shopping centre worker.

James Davoll, photography lecturer at Northumberland College, said: “This is such a valuable and exciting opportunity for our students to engage in a live project within a commercial environment and we are delighted with the support which Manor Walks has offered to those involved.

“Having exclusive access to photograph subjects in a busy retail setting such as Manor Walks will allow the students to challenge people’s perceptions, whilst significantly developing their coursework portfolios.”

Bruno Coppola, general manager at Manor Walks, added: “We are thrilled to welcome students from Northumberland College to the centre as part of such an innovative project that is integral to their studies.

“We wanted to create a project in partnership with the course tutors, which would put into focus the very people who make Manor Walks what it is.

“We’ve received a fantastic response to the project from visitors to Manor Walks who have been keen to watch our photographers at work.”

Each student will display their photographs during a free exhibition hosted by Manor Walks and Digital Community Youth, at the Venue, which will be open from Friday, November 22, to Friday, November 29 2013.