A PHOTO showing that “even flowers can grow up in one of the ugliest of places” is one of four by Marangaroo teenager Tahlua Tawhai selected for a State exhibition.
The 15-year-old’s images feature in the As Eye See It exhibition run by the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, which aims to give young people living in care the chance to express what is important to them through photography.
Tahlua’s four images capture things around her home, including a pond where she goes to relax, lilies growing by the previously empty pond and a vegetable garden that reminds her of “the life cycle and how quickly it goes”.
She also took a photo of her house’s letterbox.
“It’s different compared to the neighbour’s mailbox and that’s how I feel,” she said.
“I’m different and I’m trying to embrace that.”
Tahlua said the exhibition was a great opportunity for children living in care.
“We can’t all express our thoughts in words, it’s a good way to express ourselves and how we feel,” she said.
The free exhibition runs until September 18 at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle.