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Helena College student Andrew Wallace is both excited and nervous for his first exhibit.

Photos take flight

By Melissa Sheil

AT the tender age of 14, Parkerville resident Andrew Wallace has organised his first professional photographic exhibit, set to take place in Lesmurdie this weekend.

On October 2 and 3, Andrew will display his photos of native birds and flora in the main hall at Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Sanctuary, a not-for-profit he intends to donate all his potential earnings back to.

“I know how expensive it is to look after the animals they care for at Kanyana and wanted to help,” he said.

“I was a part of their teens program and they helped me arrange the exhibit so it’s nice to give back some money and help a bit.

“Wildlife is disappearing through land clearing and development and capturing it before it leaves forever is really important to me.”

Though he mostly takes his photos around his Hills home, Andrew has ventured as far as Herdsman Lake, Dryandra and the Wheatbelt to see what wildlife he can find.

“I got some good ones of a bush-stone curlew and a cattle egret, both of which are quite rare while I was out east,” he said.

“I think my favourite is of the new holland honeyeater that I took in our backyard though.

“It’s important for people to know that wildlife is all around you and something as simple as a bird bath can bring it to your doorstep.”

Andrew will be selling framed prints for $30 and postcards for $5 and will soon be setting up a website for people to order his photos.

The exhibition will be held from 3-6pm on October 2 and 1-5pm on October 3 at 120 Gilchrist Road, Lesmurdie.

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