BUDDING David Baileys and mini Mario Testinos have been getting snap happy to create their own vision of a city landmark.
Youngsters, aged between four and six, from New Beginnings Day Care in Austin House, Southwick, captured images of Monkwearmouth Station Museum.
Staff at the venue were so impressed with their efforts that the photos are now on permanent display.
Lucy Taylor-Hall, manager at New Beginnings, said: “The project was about using different forms of media to express themselves.
“They were all given little Fuji cameras and were asked to take a series of photographs of Monkwearmouth Station Museum.”
The talented pupils are no strangers to having their work on show as they’ve had photos displayed in Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens.
Lucy added: “They have been so excited about this project. It’s been so beneficial for their confidence and self-esteem. Sometimes, they can’t necessarily express themselves through language, but they can through photography.”
Jennie Lambert, learning officer at Monkwearmouth Station Museum, added: “The exhibition came about because of a partnership project last year.
“I met Lucy and we started talking about a children’s photography project.
“We wanted to see what the children saw in the museum.
“I thought it was a shame not to have them in the museum because that is where they took them.
“There are details in their photographs that other visitors may have missed and through them we can feel their experience.”
The fledgeling photographers behind the images were proud to see their work on show.
Alex Richardson, five, said: “I’ve enjoyed it. I enjoy taking photographs. I haven’t taken any before but I have lots of holiday photos.”
Olivia Simpson, four, who now attends Southwick Primary School, said: “It makes me feel happy seeing the photographs today.
“I’m having a nice time and all my family are here.”