“Future Planet is thinking about the possibilities we can create looking into the future and how we, living in the present, can really have an impact on that”, Ellie said. The BBC agreed to showcase the highlights from the exhibition on their website, and Ellie was lucky enough to make the cut.
To create ‘Last Plant Standing’, Ellie used a camera and zoom lens to capture the silhouette of the moon but made sure to focus on the plant in the foreground. “I wanted to create a nice depth of field,” Ellie said. She then used Photoshop to emphasise the shadows and highlights of the moon, helping her to create her final piece.
Ellie’s artwork is a true representation of the brief, with Ellie stating that she really wanted to capture the natural aspects of the theme. “I wanted the show the plant almost looking towards the light and positive future produced by the moon. It’s also a reminder of how we should take care of the natural features around us and allow them to create the concept of ‘Planet Future’.”
Bill Watkin, chief executive of the SFCA, said: “This online exhibition is also a way of celebrating the arts and recognising excellence in sixth form colleges. It is imperative that we keep the arts in education secure and flourishing. If young people are to make a truly valuable contribution to society, even if they are to be successful scientists, engineers, doctors and technicians, they need to develop their creative skills, their artistic sensitivities and their ability to interact with others.”