Different view on their future
Edmond Apanui is using photography to put a positive focus on his life.
The 17-year-old Henderson resident is involved in the youth group Te Korowai. It's one of six throughout Auckland taking part in the art exhibition, Urbanlife.
It's an initiative run by Auckland War Memorial Museum and depicts each group's response to major issues impacting their lives including employment, housing, education, economic wellbeing, culture and environment.
Edmond and two fellow Te Korowai members worked alongside photographer Te Rawhitiroa Bosch to capture images expressing their feelings toward an education system they say let them down.
Their images are on display at Zeal Cafe in Henderson until October 17.
Edmond enjoyed taking photos and learning about photography.
"A few months ago when I was first involved in Te Korowai I didn't really take much interest until [the project] came to light."
Te Korowai, meaning the cloak, works with young men working to get their lives back on track. It was established in 2004 and is delivered through the trust Charity Works and is funded by YouthLink Family Trust.
Edmond left Henderson High School in year 9.
"I wish I stayed just to get that broader aspect on everything," he says.
Being involved in Urbanlife means he's now exploring education further.
His piece A Prettyful Woman reflects street art.
"It shows a different approach to street art and how people can do art outside of a studio," he says.
Edmond wants to continue with photography.
"I'm quite impressed with myself. I love travelling to different places when taking photos. That's one of the great things about photography," he says.
Museum youth outreach programme developer Bethany Edmunds says the project aims to increase youth engagement with the museum and Auckland.
"Working with Te Korowai has been particularly rewarding as there's been a distinctive change. It's amazing to see the three young men with cameras and what photography does to them," she says.
Te Korowai manager Sid Kirby has noticed changes in the young men.
"This is the first programme they've been involved in where they've stayed with it.
"We are so proud of them," he says.
The photos are on display at Zeal Cafe in Henderson until October 17 and in the Urbanlife exhibition at Auckland museum from November 3.
- Western Leader
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