Tag Archives: Wellington

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.

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

 

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.

Seismic migrations

My explorations into photographing bubbles moving through water continue. This time introducing a mirror and other objects into the composition to disrupt the bubble trails and dramatically increase the graphic composition.

These are an evolution from other works inspired by scientific maps of the Kermadec region showing migration routes, seismic tracings and geographic contours.

These are very high resolution images with beautiful detail when seen large. This week I will be exploring printing these very large onto aluminium sheets.

#projectweed: Kelp experiments

The Weed Project is starting to come together with some good experiments in the big tank with Bull Kelp (Durvillaea antarctica) or Rimurapa to use it’s Maori name.

There have been a lot of learnings along the way:

  • The kelp is super robust and  looks fresh even after a while on the beach and has the added bonus  that it doesn’t cloud the water too quickly.
  • It doesn’t seem to mind fresh water too much (some weeds bleach and leach colour very quickly) making it practical to shoot in the big tank. Obviously that is a good thing with such a big algae
  • It takes on a magical quality under the studio lights. Almost skin-like which I will explore further
  • I have also refined my aqua set building using fibreglass concrete-look planters and plastics painted with textured paint. I am wanting to keep the sets very minimalist, monochromatic and man-made to shift the weed into a total new context.

Although I still envisage the final prints will be black and white here is a sample of some of the raw files from the shoot.

More on Project Weed

NZSO Morning Mood Video

 

An Insight Creative project. This video is part of a wider interactive project for the NZ Symphony Orchestra and Insight. I was responsible for concept, art direction and all the post production as well as shooting it along with Bruce Foster and David Bedggood.

It was a real honour working with the NZSO as the rehearsed for the upcoming tour – they allowed us to get incredibly close onstage with a total of 17 cameras for 4 separate takes over 2 days. Needless to say post production was a mish!

What kiwis do on Saturday

Thonet open SaturdayTo celebrate (or was it promote?) the fact that Wellington furniture company Thonet is now open on Saturday they commissioned me to shoot something “that represents designer furniture on a Saturday” … so of course we photographed one of their stunning Emeco High Polish 1006 Navy Chairs in a classic New Zealand rugby changing room.

Huge ups to Wellington’s Rongotai Collage for letting me use “the old shed” and my daughter Lauren for assisting on a cold winters night.

More shots for Thonet here

 

Los Perros Dormidos @ Deluxe

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Los Perros Dormidos #1 (the sleeping dogs)  Chile 2013

Two of the over estimated 200,00 dogs living on the streets of Santiago and Valparaiso, Chile. I have just hung a new large print (2060 x 512mm) in Deluxe, Wellington.

This week only.

$700 NZD Unframed – Edition of 2

Other photos and info about the street dogs on my earlier post

Impromptu

11am Sunday 1An exhibition of my work opens in Wellington next week!

Titled impromptu, this show is a collection of unplanned photos – the sort of moments you stumble across that make you stop and say “Shit that looks great! I have got to photograph that.” And as the name suggests Impromptu has been quickly put together to make the most of a last minute opportunity at the wonderful Deluxe Cafe in Wellington.

Don’t you love it when things come together?

Impromptu is at Deluxe Cafe in the Embassy Theatre building, 10 Kent Terrace Wellington. It runs from the December 16th until Christmas.

I am still deciding of the final selection of works but here are a few that are in the running. Some new and a couple of old faves.

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11pm Sunday collection. Three separate prints in individual round black frames.
Each approx 300mm diameter. $300 framed (one of each only) $200 unframed

11pm Sunday - Triptych11pm Sunday. A large triptych framed as one piece –  each image 483 x 329 mm
$950 framed, $800 unframed set. Not sold individually.

Offseason

Offseason Ohakune, Ohakune New Zealand 2009
Previously shown in the exhibition Ripple
483 x 329 mm.   $600 framed , $300 unframed

Summer is a rope swingSummer is a rope swing | Golden Bay NZ 2013

Bells Track

Bell’s Track #1
Taken while I waited on a tramping track on Raoul Island 2011
329 x 483 mm.  $600 framed , $300 unframed

Trig the dog

Puonga deamtime. Puponga, Farewell Spit, New Zealand 2012
Previously shown in the exhibition Ripple
483 x 329 mm. $800 framed , $600 unframed

All whites Munchies

All prints are limited editions

Contact me to purchase

No place like home

Breaker Bay WellingtonBreaker Bay Wellington 2013

Even though we had a lovely time in Auckland for the opening of the Kermadec “Hands to Bathe” exhibition it is great to be back in Breaker Bay. A stunning, dark, rugged place that we have been lucky enough to call home for over 12 years.

Limited edition prints available. Image size 350 x 232mm. Framed $600. Unframed $300.