AN ARTISTIC pupil has scooped an exhibition slot at the prestigious Royal Academy for his stunning photography.

The image of a Japanese chef taken by Daniel Cordas, a year 12 pupil at the John Lyon School, is among 56 works of art chosen by the academy for their online A-level exhibition.

Examples of his work are also on display in an end-of-year art show in the independent boys' school's own dedicated art gallery in Middle Road, Harrow.

Daniel entered three pieces of art in the competition and has since received a winner's certificate for the Japanese chef photo.

The 17-year-old said: "I took this photograph in an open kitchen restaurant, and managed to capture a burst of flames.

"Due to the camera being in a no flash mode, the light of the flame lights up the whole scene, with the beautiful vibrancy of the flames as the main focus of the picture, lighting up the chef's face and the walls behind, in contrast to the dark edges of the photograph.

"The glass of wine in the bottom left hand corner interestingly captures the whole flame in the small glass."

Head of art at John Lyon, Lorna Hope, said: "Daniel has made excellent progress this year.

"The title he chose for his award-winning photo, Passion beyond Flames, is particularly apt because Daniel is a very passionate artist with a strong interest in the impact lighting has on a scene."

The school's headteacher, Katherine Haynes, said: "We are an academic school that also seeks to nurture students with talents in the arts or in sport. Daniel deserves to be congratulated on this considerable achievement."

Daniel hopes either to go to art college after leaving school next year, or to study architecture at university.

The winning photo can be seen at until August 22.

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