‘Little eyes, Big perspectives’, an exhibition of nature photographs captured by creative school students was held at the Mt Eden Village Centre June 1-9 2023. More than 200 visitors enjoyed images captured by 16 young photographers (ages 8-16, 10 different schools) showcasing the beauty and diversity of New Zealand’s natural environment. These photographers captured the spirit of resistance, the theme for this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, in their unique ways. Resistance to urban development by showing us why protecting biodiversity is important. Being a maverick and capturing the world from their unique creative vision. Or overcoming adversity like dyslexia and using photography to appreciate nature.
Students from these schools had their images exhibited: Epsom Normal Primary (Kavisha Kanagasooriyam, 2022 students - Jonah Hinds, Dulanya Jayasekera), Remuera Intermediate (Anuke Ranaweera, Gabriel Austin), Roscommon (Meljahrie Fili, Timothy Vaivao), Mt Albert Grammar (Reanna Hinds), Glendowie school (Karla Tremain, Abigail Cullinan, Isabel Posada-Hinestroza), Glendowie college (Jessica Winstone), Pinehurst (Shafeek Allie), Victoria Avenue (Jakob Webber), St Cuthbert's (Jessica Olsen), Churchill Park (George Grove).
Here is what some of the students had to say.
“I like nature photography as it gives me a sense of harmony and peace.”
Jonah Hinds (age 10)
“Nature photography takes my attention and fuels my love for it. Through my photos, I unveil the wonders of our world to others.”
Kavisha Kanagasooriyam (age 9)
Many visitors left words of encouragement for the students.
“So wonderful for IMAgEN8 participants to see their work showcased and for others to enjoy it. Thank you.”
- Suzanna and Mike
"What a delight! Seeing the world through the eyes of children. Helping them to see the world too. Well done Tushar and children."
- Penny Hansen
I loved the variety of perspectives gathered here in this exhibition with flashes of humour (sheep) to pure beauty (animals/plants) to the focus on the little noticed (mushrooms). Amazing. Well done everyone!