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Nippers focus for Go Gylly Go exhibition on the sand
3:00pm Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
Visitors to Falmouth’s Gyllyngvase Beach may have spotted some large photographs gracing the golden sands thanks to a year-long project to capture a year in the life of the club’s ‘nippers.’ The exhibition, called Go Gylly Go, was created by associate dean at Falmouth University, Karl Phillips, focusing on the club’s youngest members.
Karl began taking pictures for the club’s Facebook page after his children joined, and the parents of club members liked the photos so much that he was asked to start taking photos at a variety of competitions.
Karl soon began to take photographs to find out about the youngsters perceptions of themselves as athletes and was “blown away” by their ability, and decided on the project to allow the youngsters to see themselves on a level with successful athletes, portraying them in the same way through his photography. Following the activities of the club for a year, Karl documented training sessions, competitions and events, including The Cornish Surf Life Saving Nipper Champs 2012 at Carbis Bay, the Endless Summer Swim at Gyllyngvase and the British Life Saving Sport Surf Championships at Portreath.
Karl said: “I chose to work with the club because I have three daughters and I want them to be able to see images that offer a more positive portrayal of women; more generally I hope the exhibition offers a more positive representation of boys and girls alike.”
Once the series was completed, Karl decided to exhibit the work in the place where it all started the sand at Gyllyngvase Beach The exhibition was held with the support of Gylly Beach Café, Gyllyngvase Surf Life & Triathlon Club and Cornwall Council.
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