As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition opens at the WA Shipwrecks Museum

Caitlin with Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk, photo supplied.
Caitlin with Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk, photo supplied.

THE As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition gives children living in out of home care an opportunity to share their story.

Young people between the ages of 13 to 17 from across the state produced five photographs which are currently being shown at the WA Shipwrecks Museum.

Combining her interest in photography and passion for animal rights and veterinary sciences, 16-year old Caitlyn said she honoured her four-legged best friend in her pieces.

Caitlyn said the photos were taken in the farm where she’s been living in for the past eight years.

“When I’m there, I’m at home; I don’t feel for a second like I am in a foster home,” she said.

“These images can’t do justice to how much it helped me.

“My mom treats me like one of her own kids and has done so much for me.

“She welcomed me when I wasn’t welcomed anywhere else.”

Child Protection Minister Simone McGurk said the exhibition was important as we rarely get to hear about a young person’s experience in care.

“It’s an important voice in the child protection story,” she said.

‘When I saw this exhibition it was a very personal journey, it felt like I was walking in their shoes, momentarily living their lives.

“Some of the photos and captions were heartbreaking but there was hope in all of them – that was the best bit.”

As Eye See It Photographic Exhibition

WHEN: From August 31 to October 14

WHERE: WA Shipwrecks Museum