Teen de­lighted her pho­tos ac­cepted

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At the age of 18, Diana Si­mumpande is one of the youngest ex­hibitors in the Auck­land Fes­ti­val of Photography.

The ex­hi­bi­tion was pro­duced last year as part of her year 13 vis­ual art photography fo­lio.

Dis­cov­er­ing that it was to be used in the fes­ti­val came as ‘‘quite a sur­prise’’ to the for­mer Glen­dowie Col­lege stu­dent.

‘‘I was about it.

‘‘It’s re­ally sur­pris­ing, you think that what you’re do­ing is OK but when you get some­one ac­tu­ally us­ing

re­ally

ex­cited it, it’s a great feel­ing,’’ she says.

Si­mumpande’s ex­hi­bi­tion The Hol­low Man opened at St He­liers Li­brary on June 2 and runs un­til June 15. The se­ries was in­spired by a vis­ual poem by Amer­i­can artist Shel Sil­ver­stein and draws in­flu­ence from pho­tomon­tage pho­tog­ra­phers like Jerry Uels­mann and Tommy Ing­berg and sur­re­al­ist artists like Sal­vador Dali.

Si­mumpande has a strong con­nec­tion with photography and plans to pur­sue a ca­reer in vis­ual art.

‘‘I went in to uni­ver­sity tak­ing a more prac­ti­cal road but now it’s made me re­alise that I want to fo­cus on photography.

‘‘I’ve al­ways been in­spired by art.

‘‘You can cap­ture how life makes you feel.’’

Her NCEA fo­lio is tour­ing New Zealand with other upand-com­ing artists as part of the NCEA Top Art ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Auck­land Fes­ti­val of Photography runs un­til June 20.

Diana Si­mumpande has stepped out of high school and straight into the art world.

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