Poppy's photographic talent blooms

WHEN 14-year-old Poppy Davidson sent some of her photographs off to an art publisher, little did she realise what was to follow.

Anthony Bond

WHEN 14-year-old Poppy Davidson sent some of her photographs off to an art publisher, little did she realise what was to follow.

The keen photographer had taken seventeen photographs and was keen for a professional opinion.

The teenager, who attends St Joseph's College in Ipswich, said: “I was looking on the internet at photographs and saw that one of them was from a website called Art Unlimited so I sent a few pictures off to Holland.

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“They sent the memory stick back with an email saying that they would like to publish four of my photographs.”

It turned out that her timing was perfect, as the company was choosing a selection of photographs that could be used and sold on postcards. Her pictures were picked despite the company receiving photographs from hundreds of enthusiastic photographers, many of whom are professional.

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Poppy, who lives in Wrabness, near Manningtree, said: ““I was ecstatic and very happy because I was 14 at the time and I have just turned 15 so it is just amazing that so many artists have sent them in and they are in their 30s and 40s and mine were chosen.

“One of my best friends is really happy for me and she found it really exciting because she likes art. And my old art teacher has been in touch and said that she is really happy for me too.”

The postcards designed with Poppy's pictures will be sold worldwide through galleries, shops and museums, including the Tate Modern in London.

Two of the four pictures were taken on the beach in Frinton, with one saying 'I Miss You' and another with a spade and two shells.

One shop owner in Cambridge has already said that she will sell some of the postcards.

Poppy said: “I have been really interested in photography for ages and I would like to go into that kind of thing. I was given a camera a couple of years ago I just picked it up one day and took some of the pictures which I sent off.”

The decision by Art Unlimited to use four of Poppy's pictures has now given her inspiration to continue with her photography in the future.

“I would love to carry on with it but do advertising and things like that. I think it is amazing and I am really happy about it.”

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