Tag Archives: New Zealand

Shifting perceptions

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Warren (Maxwell) and I had a most excellent meeting with Jeanine Foster from Antarctica New Zealand today. We talked through some of the logistics, looked at some of her killer photos and generally got excited! She generously added to the pile of Antarctica reading material in the corner of the studio too. Ta Jeanine.

Planning has definitely moved on this week – a content and communications strategy is forming nicely. There is even the start of a few journey maps (NB: #CoCA358 students) floating around.

AntarcticaNZ are currently doing some primary research around perceptions of Antarctica and science which is going to be invaluable.

Warren and I are buzzing! Cross discipline creative collaboration is proving exciting so far.

More on this project >

Antarctica viewing

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Hot on the heals of watching Marcus Lush’s “Ice” I watched Nigel Latta in Antarctica. Both are excellent, easily digestible introductions to Antarctica, Scott Base and Antarctic science. The demise of our local video shop posed a challenge to getting “Ice” but fortunately I was able to get it out through Massey University Library. Latta’s two programmes are very easy to access via TVNZ On Demand free of charge.

If you want to go deeper then the extensive set of video’s produced by Victoria University are excellent although I had to sign up to their Antarctica online course to view them. Take a look at the online promo for the course https://youtu.be/NFd0KLeKZPo

Icy reading

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Life has become a blur of Antarctica research – this is a small sample of the small mountain of reading I have been doing on Antarctic history, science and the artists (particularly photographers) that have been there before me. For a full (and ever growing) list of my research reading visit my bibliography page.

Antarctica New Zealand have a comprehensive list of the artists and writers they have supported on the Alumni page of their website.

One of my favourite photographic discoveries so far is the book Frozen History: The legacy of Scott and Shacklenton Photographs of Josef & Katharina Hoflehner. Stunning black and white images of the historic huts taken with respect and a contemporary elegance.

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Breaker Bay: 15 July 2001

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In a time before Google Street View (back when there paper maps and everything!) I got bored one weekend and walked the length of Wellington’s Breaker Bay and documented every house. For locals it’s great to see how much the bay has changed!

I have long since lost the original photos but there is still a low res version online – click here to view and scroll sideways.

“See what I can see” exhibition

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Seachange (approaching Raoul) 2011

See what I can see: Discovering New Zealand Photography

Sargent Gallery, Whanganui. 18 June – 11 September

My Kermedec work Seachange (approaching Raoul) is part of a new exhibition alongside work from some of New Zealand’s leading photographers including Robin White, Bruce Foster and fellow Massey-ites, Anne Noble and Wayne Barrar.

This exhibition is a celebration of that remarkable, well-travelled invention, the camera, the New Zealand that it captured and the artists who wielded it. This exhibition is a companion to the 2015 book See what I can see: New Zealand Photography for the young and curious written by Gregory O’Brien and published by Auckland University Press. The exhibition, co-curated by O’Brien and Sarjeant Gallery curator Greg Donson brings together a selection of images from the book alongside examples from the Sarjeant Gallery’s rich photographic holdings.

http://www.sarjeant.org.nz/site/pages/exhibitions.php

Kermadec in Ashburton

KermadecAshburton-Art-GalleryThe Kermadec: Lines in the Ocean exhibition continues it’s tour of New Zealand.

It is currently on at Ashburton Art Gallery.
327 West street. Ashburton
ashburtonartgallery.org.nz
21 MAY – 25 JUNE 2016
Open Daily: 10am – 4pm
Wednesday: 10am – 7pm

 

 

ARTIST TALKS | BRUCE FOSTER, ELIZABETH THOMSON AND GREGORY O’BRIEN
JUNE 22, 11:00AM
Come along to the Gallery for a talk by artists Bruce Foster, Gregory O’Brien and Elizabeth Thomson they will share with you their experiences on Raoul Island and what they encountered on their week long voyage to one of the last great ocean wilderness areas on the planet. They will give you insight into how this experience is reflected in the art they made in response to this trip. The artists will be joined by Bronwen Golder, Director of the Pew Charitable Trusts Global Ocean Legacy.

This talk is free of charge and all are welcome to attend. Following the talk a light lunch will be provided and you will also have the opportunity to talk informally with the artists.

Read more about the Kermadec Project

Antarctica: 60 shades of white

anz_logoI’m super stoked to announce that I’m going to Antarctica this summer on the Antarctica New Zealand Community Engagement Program to work with the scientists at New Zealand’s Antarctic base, Scott Base.

Exploring and celebrating 60 years of Scott Base, this project aims to connect new audiences with Antarctica by allowing them to experience the life and work at Scott Base through the eyes of the scientists, explorers and personnel that have been there. Details of the project outputs will evolve over the course of the project but are likely to involve multi-channel immersive video instillation, photography and other online videos.

The working title of the project is “Antarctica: 60 shades of white”. Watch for the hash tag #60shadesofwhite on my Twitter feed

This project will be the subject for my MDes project at Massey University’s School of Design for the next two years and many other outputs beyond that I’m sure. Details of exactly when and how long I ‘m going to The Ice so watch this space for more detail.

I have set up a project page on the site where I will document progress.

HUGE thanks to everyone at Antarctica New Zealand for saying yes!

Trinity Roots

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I had the great privilege  of being commissioned by one legendary New Zealand band Trinity Roots to shoot some new promotional material for them. Inspired by the bands’ focus on whakapapa and relationship with the land, I came up with the concept of them standing in the swirling waters of Cook Strait (near Breaker Bay) to represent their oneness with people and place.

I thank them for their patience as I made them stay in the freezing waters for half an hour as we waited for the light to  light to be perfect. Exposures were long and combined with remote flash units setup on an old tripod in the sea.

Below are a few ‘behind the scenes’ shots taken by my son and young assistant Morgan (who weeks earlier had modelled for test shots) and one of the ‘straighter’ press shots we took in the Breaker Bay Hall.

The lead singer Warren Maxwell was also in the photos I took for his other project “Pass the Gat” with Louis Baker and Thomas Oliver

 

Crossings: Only two left … make that one

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“Crossing Series #1” 2011
Limited edition Triptych of Lambda digital master photographic prints on Kodak Archival Paper. 700 x 465mm each. $2500 nzd framed for the set of three.

Update! Subsequent to this post I have sold one set. There is now only one left (currently on exhibition with the touring Kermadec show but I’m happy to sell it and release when the tour is complete)

There are only two sets of this limited edition triptych left. Shot from the deck of the HMNZS Otago after leaving Raoul. By then travel on the ship felt very much like home. The long exposure captured the endless passing of the water but by now this was (or at least seemed) like a smooth rocking, as if slipping over silk.

Contact me if you are interested

Crossing in Tauranga Art Gallery

Company of Giants – now playing at Kermadec

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The Company of Giants theatre group are now playing their amazing show“Rangitahua, The stopping off place” at the Kermadec exhibition in Wellington. Weaving their way around the artworks and audience, they tell the wild story of the Kermadec Islands.

The show plays at 2pm and 7pm until Tuesday at the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington. Book at iticket.co.nz.

A video of the highlights from the Gisborne performance is here

Kermadec exhibition opens in Wgtn today

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In celebration of the government’s announced intention to create the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary (only the 4th biggest in the world!) the Kermadec artists have put together a ‘final’ exhibition here in Wellington.

Hosted by Pataka, the show is on at the Academy Gallery on Queens Wharf from today

All the original artists (Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and me of course) are represented, most with new works. I have new photographic works and a video instillation.

I would also highly recommend coming to one of the shows put on the the theatre group Company of Giants, who will be performing Rangitahua from the 15th until the 19th (2pm and 7pm). Book at iticket.co.nz. It is a great show that weaves it’s way among the audience and exhibition telling the story of the Kermadecs.

More on the Kermedac project

Seismic: 1&2

Yesterday we hung my latest works in the Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections exhibition which opens in Wellington this weekend.

Seismic 1&2 are large scale photographic prints onto Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). It’s the first time I have used this technique and Imagelab has done a great job of printing them.

As with previous explorations recently, they are inspired by a map I was given by The Pew Charitable Trust showing the migratory routes of whales through the Kermadec region and the geography created by the collision between the Pacific and Australian Plates.

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I imaged what mapping millions of years of migrations and geologic activity might look like and experimented extreme close up shots of bubbles moving through water taken with a long shutter speed to create the appearance of intertwined fibres. To create twisting paths and add drama and depth to the compositions I pushed the bubbles with mirrors.

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I tested printing onto raw aluminium, which added a nice sheen but at the expense of image detail, so went with a matte white ACM for the final prints.

Nothing beats seeing the detail of a large print in real life so make sure to come to the show in Wellington if you can!

Kermadec: Discoveries and Connections is on 9 – 20 April at the Academy Galleries, Queens Wharf, Wellington. In partnership with Pataka. It features  works by Phil Dadson, Bruce Foster, Fiona Hall, Gregory O’Brien, John Pule, John Reynolds. Elizabeth Thomson, Robin White and I.

I will post photos of the works in situ after the exhibition opens.

 

Lighting test: Tarakena Bay

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Once again my ever patient son Morgan was coerced into being a model for a lighting test for a shot I have coming up in a few weeks. This time he stood knee deep in the chilly waters of Cook Strait while the sun set behind the Kaikouras. A slow shutter speed blurred the water and a Nikon Speedlight with a homemade snoot lit his face. The flash is sitting on an old modified tripod (heavily weighted down) and is triggered remotely via infrared.