A SCHOOLGIRL photographer is all set to be the next big snapper.
Macy Youngman wowed one of the most prestigious art galleries in the North East when her exhibition of photographs was opened.
The 11-year-old’s pictures are on display at Newcastle’s Biscuit Factory gallery, where she met the Mayor of Gateshead.
Mum Sarah, 39, is full of pride for her daughter’s achievements and believes this is only the beginning for Macy, who won Sunderland’s prestigious Service to the Community Young Achievers award in March for her fund-raising efforts.
The Echo reported on Macy last year, when her calender of photographs of local landmarks raised hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Since then, the Springwell Village Primary School pupil’s love for photography has grown and she is determined to keep raising money for the charity.
Sarah said: “A lot of people who were looking at first didn’t realise that Macy was the artist.
“When she started to say she had taken the pictures, people were so impressed.
“It was really lovely to watch her. I was beaming all night. To ask an 11-year-old to go and talk to adults was a big ask but she did it.
“The response was brilliant and she’s got some lovely comments in her journal from people.”
Macy’s confidence grew so much throughout the night, she even offered advice to some of the more experienced photographers who were also on display.
“It was a fantastic experience for her,” said Sarah. “She loves it. I’m not sure what she’ll end up doing ,but her huge aim is to keep raising money.”
Macy lost her grandmother to cancer before she was born and when her dog passed away of the same disease, she vowed to make an impact in the fight against it.
Proceeds from sales at the Biscuit Factory will be put towards brand new equipment for Macy to use and plans are already afoot for a new calender next year.
Macy’s pictures will be on display at the gallery until September.