'You Might Be Surprised to Know...' was a life story/photography project designed to break down stereotypes of what it means to be an older person. As we got to know the participants through their stories and images, we are be reminded of the uniqueness of all individuals, and of their rich value to our communities, regardless of age.
The project interviewing and photographing 20 older people in the Franklin Local Board area. Some real characters emerged, like 88-year-old Albie, a painter and wood-turner active in the Franklin arts community.
"You Might Be Surprised to Know" seems to have touched a felt need, with several people commenting how important it is to collect these stories "before they are lost". The stories and photos were released to the project's Facebook page www.facebook.com/surprisedtoknow/.
A public exhibition was held on the weekend of June 16th-18th at The Old Op Shop in Waiuku.
The project was made possible with the help of the following: the participants themselves, who are all aged 65+ years and currently residing in Auckland's Franklin Local Board area; support and funding from the Franklin Local Board; support from Franklin Community Arts; Age Concern Counties Manukau Inc's advice and help with network connections; and the skills of three members of the Waiuku Camera Club.