Raffles College nurtures creative careers

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Raffles College students Jzawo Pointon-English, Hannah Li, Clayton Facchini, and Moriah McIlwraith. Pictures: Simon Bennett

CAPTURE THE MOMENT: Raffles College students Jzawo Pointon-English, Hannah Li, Clayton Facchini, and Moriah McIlwraith. Pictures: Simon Bennett

Jzawo Pointon-English, 19, has been a Raffles College of Design and Commerce (RCDC) photography student since February this year, and says his life has changed “hugely” since his time at the institute.

The college is a unique education provider based in Parramatta, specialising in design, arts and visual communication, delivering vocational and higher education programs from Certificates through to Bachelor Degrees.

“I love capturing the world and seeing how it looks photographed,” Mr Pointon-English said.

“The human eye is so different to a camera. Humans see through two eyes and have much more natural depth but when you change it to one camera lens and you position everything to accumulate the maximum you can, to one image to work concisely, you get a rush when everything falls together – it’s almost like an addiction.”

The Glenorie resident said he first “started taking an interest” in photography in Year 9.

“Since Year 9, it’s changed from being a bludge to transforming into a passion and high school, as well as Raffles, has really helped forge that for me,” he explained.

“It always amazed me how you could freeze moments or create them as a blur and use that creatively.”

SAY CHEESE: “I was never any good at drawing or painting but whenever I picked up a camera I’d always try and frame things so well," said Mr Pointon-English.

SAY CHEESE: “I was never any good at drawing or painting but whenever I picked up a camera I’d always try and frame things so well," said Mr Pointon-English.

“We care about our students in a way – that I hope other colleges do – but we look at the education of youth as a privilege,” said Steve Rawlinson, Principal of RCDC.

Since my time at Raffles, things have changed for me hugely. I’ve opened up so much to the things around me and I can achieve so much more. - Jzawo Pointon-English, photography student at Parramatta's Raffles College of Design and Commerce

“We’re influencing and encouraging the creativity of students and the next generations to come.

“I believe that students learn not from what we say, not really from so much of what we do, but they learn from who we are. If we’re passionate and focused and we integrate our knowledge into what it is we’re doing and keep up to date – then that’s what the students are learning.”

“If there wasn’t places like Raffles, the creative nature of photography would diminish,” Mr Pointon-English said.

Visit: raffles.edu.au.

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