Eye Spy is a glimpse into the world of our most precious taonga – our children. In January and February this year, ten children aged between 6 - 12 years old from West Auckland worked with artists Jos Wheeler and Brendan Kitto to discover the wonders and techniques of photography. They were one of four groups of young artists from across the North, South, East and West of Auckland culminating in a city-wide exhibition.
Melina, 9 years old, Glenn Innes I live in Glen Innes, Auckland. I am nine years old. I play inline hockey for the Mt Wellington Panthers, I also like pottery, singing, dancing, photography, art and surfing. I do unschooling (natural learning) that means I learn through doing things I love and want to learn about (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler).
Luca, 6 years old, Glen Innes My name is Luca Namoa. I am six years old. I live in Glen Innes, Auckland. I do unschooling (natural learning). I like playing soccer, Lego, playing, riding my BMX, drawing, insects, spiders, making sculptures, the beach and the forest and camping (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler)
Pairama, 9 years old, Ranui Ko Pairama taku ingoa e 9 oku tau, ko Te Kotuku taku Kura. Ka noho ahau ki Ranui. Ko te ingoa o taku huarahi Ko Luanda Drive. Ngā mea pai ki ahau ko te eke pahikara, te takoro me oku hoa. My name is Pairama and I am nine years old. I go to a Māori immersion school called Te Kotuku. I live in Ranui. The things I like are riding my BMX bike and playing with friends (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler).
Te Huirau, 7 years old, Ranui Ko Te Huirau toku ingoa, e 7 oku tau. Kei te haere ahau ki te kura kaupapa Māori o te Kotuku. Ngā mea pai ki ahau i te takaro a riiki me te mahia nga mea i te whanau. My name is Te Huirau. I am seven years old. I go to Māori immersion school called Te Kotuku in Ranui. I like league, sports and spending time with family and playing games! (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler).
Seva, 12 years old, West Harbour My name is Seva. I am twelve, and I live in West Harbour. I go to Marina View School. My interests include birds, reading and exploring (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler).
Ngaire, 12 years old, Te Atatu My name is Ngaire . I am twelve years old and go to Rangeview Intermediate. My favourite subjects at school are English, art, and cooking. I live in Te Atatu South. Some of my interests are reading, drawing, playing sport and cooking (image courtesy of Jos Wheeler).
Jack, 8 years old, Waiatarua I like photography because it captures my memories. I like rugby, swimming and spending time with my animals on our farm. I really like to spend time with my friends and my family. When I grow up I want to be a scientist. I want to invent potions that will repair things that are broken, you will spray it on and it will fix anything as good as new, this will help save our environment and planet because we will have less rubbish and plastic in the dump.