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Spirit

Spirit

“Spirit” 2013 Breaker Bay, Wellington
Limited edition (1) – Giclée print on Rag 904 x 1355mm

From the recent Ripple exhibition at Cecil Veda Gallery in Wellington

“Spirit” is the first image from a new longterm project that is exploring the effect New Zealand’s geographic isolation has had on our national psyche in both a contemporary and historical context.

To me this image represents a relationship to the sea, quiet determination and independence the many Kiwis hold dear.

It simultaneously can represent our past, present and future. Is this an historical scene of a pioneer making landfall? Could this boy be our next Peter Blake? Or does he represent all parents hopes that kids can still have simple fun, bare back and without an electronic device in sight?

The title “Spirit” is a reference to the Split Enz song “Six months in a leaky boat” which also is about our geographic isolation.

“When I was a young boy, I wanted to sail around the world
That’s the life for me, living on the sea
Spirit of a sailor, circumnavigates the globe
The lust of a pioneer, will acknowledge no frontier”

Many thanks to my son Morgan for standing in the cold fog for so long

See more works from “Ripple”

Spirit hanging in Cecil Veda Gallery

My first ‘artwork photo’ from the Kdec trip.

Bell’s Track #1 2011 Photographic print

This is the first of a series of images I took on the walk to Denham Bay on Raoul Island. This track is the same that Tom Bell and his family used in the late 1800’s – it takes you right along the rim of the live volcano. A few weeks before we arrived a cyclone had ripped through causing notable damage to the bush.

I found this bush beautiful but also dark and ominous. It almost felt as if the mountain was watching you.

This photo of one of the massive Kermadec Nikaus was taken with my old glass lens and captures that mood. I love the idea that the 100year old lens is close to what Bell might have had to record the moment.

A big moan!

Due to popular demand (I always wanted to say that) I have created a second edition of the very popular Moaning Minnie image from a couple of years back. This time it is much larger print (A2) and it has printed up really well! I have one at the framers now which will (hopefully) be ready before Christmas. Strictly limited edition – the first one sold before I have even printed it!

Framed $800. Unframed $400

See it big on my website