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Youth voting problem combatted through photography

Sep 19th, 2017 | By | Category: Latest News, News

Grainy images of young voters and quotes about why they are voting are the brainchild of award-winning photographer Evie Davis.

When Evie found out that 250,000 people under 30 were unregistered to vote she decided to use her large social media following to engage young people to vote.

“I think young people think politics is irrelevant to them,” says Evie, who uses he fill name Evangeline Davis as her professional profile.

“I can see in the analytics that a lot of my followers are 18-25,” she says.

“So I decided to create a political conversation and share people’s ideas on my social media platform leading up to the election.”

Evie sponsored casting call ads on Instagram, but instead of models it asked for young Wellingtonians who are going to be voting in the upcoming election.

“I photographed people and interviewed them about why they’re voting and put it online, hoping my followers would see it and see people like them are voting and that should vote,” says Evie.

Evie used her signature photographic style of grainy film and pastel hues to create a series of portraits.

They are accompanied with quotes from the subjects such as Nadia (right) about what they want New Zealand to achieve through youth votes.

“It enables us to have a say in what we want from our government or what we want our government to consist of.

“Some countries don’t allow people to voice their opinions and I think that’s why it’s important we exercise our right to vote, as we are lucky enough to live in a country with a democracy,” Nadia says.

Evie’s voting project received criticism on social media for having a left wing bias, which Evie understands, but she doesn’t think it effects the political dialogue she has started among young people.

“I just put out what I shot and it ended up being the thoughts of the people that went out of their way to talk to me,” she says.

Evangeline Davis has a Bachelor of Design in Photography from Massey University and her photo book Touchy shared first place at the New Zealand Photo Book Awards 2016.

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