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People paused. Post by Marcus Williams.

People paused, an image caught their eye, something different. Not a Purex add. 'What are those two doing up on that monitor'. Their expressions were a window on their thoughts...'cool'. And then on with their day.

It's art

Nikki and Annie's first glimpse of the LCD screens in
Westfield Manukau.

We are proud!

We are overwhelmed and excited to finally see the posters up on the street. This is in the middle of town. The posters in our neighbourhood will be up next week.
Image by a passer by.

Nikki's art

I'm proud of this poster. It is my art and its cool to see it up as a poster.
Image by Serena. Poster on New North Rd, Greylynn.

Street Posters are up!

This is our first view of the exhibition as street posters made by Phantom Posters, these two images are self portraits of Annie. We are very happy, the posters look striking!
Image by Serena

Quality time

Making the most of whatever time we had to do our own thing.
Image by Serena


We played with them, we fed them & we bathed them. this was one of those days. Sometimes we felt like old people in young bodies with domestic responsibilities.
Image by Serena

A year!

looking after our neighbours kids. we looked after them everyday for a year. we felt like we were trapped, at 15yrs old being parents wasnt what we expected! but we felt like it was right.
Image by Serena.

Kickin' it!

...just us, kickin' it! talking about our friends whilst waiting for lunch.
Image by Serena

The dairy

I really like the man who owns the dairy across the road because he gives me free stuff. i call him Boss. Serena took this photo of me buying carrots, i like this photo because of the colours and i look cool.
Image by Serena

Annie's Self Portrait

This is Annie's self portrait. This image will be exhibited as a street poster. Annie loves this image because is shows her as she sees herself.
Image by Annie.


This is Nikkis house, she lives with her Grandmother and Cousin. The girls both hang out in the garage talking and smoking ciggarettes. On this day they talk about their friend who is in trouble and they are concerned about him, and try to contact him by phone. He is in the youth prison.

Image Serena.

Fish and Chips

Annie and Nikki hang out everyday from early in the morning till late. “ The same thing would happen everyday, we would talk, eat, smoke, watch TV” Annie.

Image by Serena

Moving out

This is moving out day, this photo I made of my room. I took this because I didn't want to leave my space to go live in my sisters house. My Dad doesn't live with us anymore. Now I share a room with my Mum and we have 9 people living in our house.
Image by Annie.

Annie and Nikki 'our doodle'

Nikki and I hang out we like making ideas with our names. Serena scanned this page of A4 from my book. In my book I have a whole lota writing. This doodle is one Nikki and I did, I made our names in blue and red ink, then a few days later Nikki added to it.

Annie and a bag of carrots

Annie lives across the road from this set of shops. She has picked up a bag of carrots for her mum for dinner. This road is very busy and runs between the southern and western motorways.

Manukau Festival of Arts 2009

Official Manukau Festival of Arts catalogue. We are very excited to see the exhibition printed in the catalogue.

What? Its A Friendship.

This is our new sample video. It's about a friendship between Nikki and Annie. Annie doesn't go to school anymore. They hang out together everyday. Annie’s images and words are represented in the bottom half of the screen and Nikki’s in the top.

Images by Serena, after effects by Loren Bradley.

The first multi media clip

Annie and Nikki are friends both living in Clendon, Manurewa, South Auckland. The clip is composed using Adobe After Effects, movement of the images is designed to show the connection between the girls. The last shot includes animated text that moves across the image of the girls together. This text is made by Nikki, which reads their names in graffiti style. The image of Nikki’s eye close up is a self portrait. We decided to overlay Nikki’s graffiti of her name, she loves this combination of images.

Images and design by Serena, Nikki and Annie. After effects animator Deane.

Annie's Room

Annie and I were hanging out on this day. I was photographing her. I suggested we go into her space to make some portraits, she had very cool posters on her walls, this shows how creative she is and knows where she likes to arrange her stuff. We both enjoyed photographing in her room.

Image by Serena Stevenson

The fruit bowl is full!

Today is Wednesday, mums payday, and food shopping day. I go with mum to help her,we shop for the week’s food. I am the one who always puts the fruit in the bowl because I like it done a certain way.

I made this photograph because it’s colourful & the fruit bowl itself is a unique shape. It is not full that often.
I think we got the bowl from a garage sale.

Image by Annie Latu

Me being vain

Annie has started taking photos, this is one of her first self portraits. Had just gotten a new pair of red earrings & a red strap cap.
I wanted to show them off, the day before I took this photo I had dyed my hair black.
Image by Annie Latu

Niki and Annie - 31 August 2008 4:12pm

We all walked up to the local shop to buy some fish and chips. Annie (left) and Nikki (right) are best friends. Annie is 15 years old almost 16, and lives at home with her Mum, Dad, two sisters and their families. Nikki lives at home with her Grandmother and cousin. Nikki doesn't go to school. Annie is in her 5th form year.
Image by Serena Stevenson