Chris Sisarich's photo exhibition

Nic Hall, Kiri Chivell-Hall and Chris Sisarich
Nic Hall, Kiri Chivell-Hall and Chris Sisarich
Matt Budler, Jaime Ridge and Daniel Whitaker.
Matt Budler, Jaime Ridge and Daniel Whitaker.
Mike Lowe and Rob Trathen.
Mike Lowe and Rob Trathen.
Kate Hannah and TV3's Rachel Smalley
Kate Hannah and TV3's Rachel Smalley
Charmaine Oh and Aroha Awarau.
Charmaine Oh and Aroha Awarau.
Sally Ridge and actor Ido Drent.
Sally Ridge and actor Ido Drent.
Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Fleur Hufton.
Colin Mathura-Jeffree and Fleur Hufton.

It started out as a trip to photograph the landscape but it fast became about the people when photographer Chris Sisarich spent time touring Mali and Niger as part of a World Vision project.

The results of those travels were on display in a former motorcycle shop in Kingsland last Thursday when friends, family and the media gathered for the launch of the exhibition.

Sisarich's fellow NZNTM judge Colin Mathura-Jeffree was among the guests and arrived with photographer brother-in-law Rob Trathen to check out the works.

Sisarich says the works are a study in contrast - of the dry, barren land and the colourful, happy people.

"I wanted to give more dignity to the people than usually accompanies the 'starving African' cliches," he said.

"My role is to help raise awareness and hopefully funds for those nations on the verge of a global food crisis."

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