Putting St George people in the picture

A new photography exhibition at Project Youth focuses on the residents of the St George region.

Called "I am...St George", the portrait photography exhibition is described as a celebration of the community spirit of the region.

The exhibition is the work by young people being mentored by photographer Dermot Carlin of Project Youth, part of Kogarah Community Services.

"The exhibition celebrates the amazing diversity, talent and vibrancy of the Georges River community, by profiling 20 community members and telling their story," Project Youth chief executive Jodie Darge said.

"This is a celebration of Georges River, young people and community spirit," she said.

Young photographer Maddison Bryant, 20, said working on the project taught her not only about photography but also about the interesting and varied stories of people living in the area.

"We approached people to take their portrait and then interviewed them about their story," Maddison said.

"Then I would write a 200 word profile to go with their photograph.

"We interviewed all types of people, from someone who was eight-years-old to a lady who was 100. There was a veteran, a youth worker, all sorts of people from all sorts of walks of life.

"It opened my eyes to the good that people do who are working for the community."

I am ...St George opens at Project Youth, 6 Dora St Hurstville tonight at 5pm and will be on exhibition until February at various venues around the local government area.