It's been too long since we had a young person on our favourite pew at the Cathedral and thus we present to you an interview with Sebastian Porral: Adventure junkie, local photography student and devout Catholic.
Sebastian is responsible for the "Works of Mercy exhibition" currently on display at the Shrine of Our Lady of Europe and so we thought the world needed to know how this came about...
Before we get started on the exhibition, talk to me about Sebastian Porral. What do you like to do?
I am seventeen years old, attend Bayside school, and apart from photography, I enjoy flying drones, surfing, making videos (youtube), gym and climbing.
So Seb, how did this all come about? Who dreamt up this "Works of Mercy" exhibition?
When I first found out about the idea of setting up the exhibition I was still doing my A-Level Art and had been working with photography within art. Father Charlie approached me, through Mr Ullger, my art teacher, and asked me if I was interested, and after thinking about it I thought it fit rather well with my art coursework at the time, and I thought the subject was very interesting, so I accepted the challenge.
Were you aware of the fact that it is a Jubilee Year of Mercy, or had you encountered the Works of Mercy before?
At the beginning I didn't really know what to expect and what the Year of Mercy was and actually, after doing some research, I found myself struggling to get ideas for the images. As I had decided to include it in my art coursework, I only had two weeks to complete all fourteen images to meet my deadline.
I can imagine, looking through the list of Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy, it can't have been easy to think of and then shoot some of them...
Some of the images came naturally to me, like "bury the dead". I knew straight away that I wanted to do some