Joondalup photography exhibition putting youth in focus


Program co-ordinator Mark Bird with young photographer Lewis Butler.
Picture: Martin Kennealey           d459088
Program co-ordinator Mark Bird with young photographer Lewis Butler. Picture: Martin Kennealey         d459088

YOUNG people have shared their perspectives of life in a Joondalup photography exhibition this week.

A group of 13 young people from Youth Futures’ Anchor Point program took part in workshops with Camera Story, led by Jacqueline Warrick and Sarah Lando.

Lewis Butler (15) took a photo of dripping water, called ‘Good timing’ which made the cut for the exhibition.

“It was raining that day – I thought that could be a good shot,” he said.

“I did have to take quite a few shots; that one was the better one.”

Lewis said he enjoyed taking photos and the project was fun. “Photography is really good and enjoyable to do,” he said.

Program co-ordinator Mark Bird said the young people worked on the project for six weeks, learning professional photography skills.

Mr Bird said it was the first time Youth Futures had collaborated with Camera Story, funded by the City of Joondalup, and resulted in the #YouthLife exhibition featuring 12 photographs.

“It’s basically young people’s view of the world, perceptions of everything that is surrounding them,” he said.

Mr Bird said Anchor Point was an alternative education program that helped people aged 15 to 19 continue to learn outside the mainstream education system.

The photography project will continue throughout the year, allowing other young people to use cameras for self-expression and communication.

The exhibition at Joondalup Art Gallery in Central Walk is open until Friday, September 9.

Visit www.youthfutureswa.com.au.