Dilworth Student featured in Community Photography Exhibition

Last month, Year 12 student Daniel Laracy and his mother Laurentia Laracy were in attendance as two large portraits were unveiled of Daniel in Papakura as part of a photography exhibition entitled “Representing Papakura: Faces of Change” funded by the Papakura Local Board. Situated in the town centre on the corner of Broadway and Great South Road, the photography exhibition aims at showcasing young Papakura talent.

The exhibition will be in place until mid-April and will then move to Takanini to be displayed until mid-May.

Kellie Masuitama is the local artist behind the project. Her aim was to capture two different sides of a person. In Daniel’s case, he was photographed in his Dilworth School uniform and in his Papakura Pipe Band uniform – both incredibly important parts of Daniel’s life and identity.

The “Faces of Change” exhibition looks at how people may be known or seen in the community in a particular way but there is always another side to a person that is equally important and a part of who they are and how they are shaping themselves for the future.

By publicly displaying photographic images of young people in their community, the project is designed to reinforce a sense of pride in rangatahi in the community so that they feel proud of who they are. 

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Daniel Laracy featured in the “Representing Papakura: Faces of Change” photography exhibition funded by the Papakura Local Board

Daniel has been involved with the Papakura Pipe Band for the past three years and plays the snare drum for them. They perform at many community events including Santa Parades and ANZAC Day services. Despite attending boarding school, Daniel is allowed to go out to band practice every Tuesday night. His mother says the school has always been incredibly supportive and accommodating when it comes to Daniel and his passions.

“Dilworth has been so supportive and encouraging of Daniel’s pipe band drumming. The Head of Performing Arts, David Stent has approved him having lessons at the school that Dilworth pays for. This is a specialist instrument and a specialist teacher comes in just for Daniel.”

As part of this exhibition, Daniel also got to write a little blurb about himself to accompany the images.

He wrote:
“I like surf lifesaving, the pipe band, AFL and rugby.
My community is vibrant, friendly and they join in the Santa Parade.
I’m caring, funny, interesting, unique and a team player.
I’m always willing to do something.”

April 19, 2021