Exhibition offers rare insight into the lives of young people in care

Exhibition offers rare insight into the lives of young people in care

The State Government today launched the As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition, featuring a series of images captured by young people in care.

The project provides an opportunity for Western Australian young people living in out-of-home care to share their story through the medium of photography, while allowing the general public an insight into their experiences.

Young people aged 13 to 17 years from across the State were invited to participate in the project in early 2018.  Registered participants were provided with a digital camera and invited to attend a workshop to learn basic photography skills.

Following the workshop, participants were asked to take five photographs; four of places, people or objects which are of special significance to them and one close-up photograph of their right eye, along with brief captions describing why they had taken each image.

Twenty-eight young people, including nine from regional WA, submitted images and words for the exhibition, providing a poignant glimpse into what it means to live in care.

The exhibition at the WA Shipwrecks Museum will run from August 31 to October 14. It is open to the public and free to attend.

“The State Government is a proud supporter of the As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition,” said¬†Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk.

“This exhibition is being held during National Child Protection Week and allows a glimpse into the lives of young people in care through the powerful medium of photography.

“The experience also offers young people in care an opportunity to learn new skills by participating in a photography workshop while meeting other young people with similar life experiences.

“I would like to thank all the participants who have generously shared a part of their lives by participating in the exhibition.”