Anti-social message in photographs

YOUNG photographers are using their art to make people think about the impact of anti-social behaviour - and have taken it onto the High Street.Students are challenging the public to spot their pictures hidden in shops and businesses as part of a special competition designed to highlight the problems and work being done to tackle them.

YOUNG photographers are using their art to make people think about the impact of anti-social behaviour - and have taken it onto the High Street.

Students are challenging the public to spot their pictures hidden in shops and businesses as part of a special competition designed to highlight the problems and work being done to tackle them.

Felixstowe's Deben High School, a specialist school for the visual and performing arts, has joined forces with Suffolk Police and the Suffolk Coastal Community Safety Partnership to work together on anti-social behaviour at the resort via the Let's Get a Life campaign.

A spokeswoman for the school in Garrison Lane said: “This year photography is being used as the art form to bring perceptions of anti-social behaviour to the community.


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“Year 11 AS level photography students have spent half a term looking at what 'anti-social' means, both behavioural and physical elements, how it can be portrayed and what their perception of anti-social behaviour is.

“The students were inspired by professional photographers and the techniques they use but also wanted to make their piece original in its presentation by extending the idea beyond the photograph.”

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Until Monday May 12, the photographic exhibition will be split up and on show in a number of shops and businesses in Felixstowe town centre.

The aim of the competition is to see who can find as many pieces of work as possible for a chance to win up to £250.

All entrants have to do is complete the entry slip on this page and send it to: 'Spot the Anti-Social Behaviour Competition', Deben High School, Garrison Lane, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7RF by Saturday May 10.

Deben High first worked with the police and East Coast Productions last year when they developed six drama-based scenarios on anti-social behaviour to create a DVD which has since been used by the Safer Neighbourhood Teams, schools and youth groups to tackle the problems and promote positive and pro-social behaviour.

If people are concerned about anti-social behaviour, the message is “Don't suffer in silence” - and to call their Safer Neighbourhood Team on 01473 613500.

Do projects like this help stop anti-social behaviour? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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