Well this is a bit exciting! I love me some stop motion time-lapsey stuff … have a look at Lance and I installing my recent Taiohi Exhibition at the studio in Oneroa.
The exhibition was part of the 2015 Auckland Festival of Photography program and received great support from the community with our biggest opening night to date! The students performed an informal waiata and haka to open the proceedings, which went down a treat…
Taiohi was comprised of fifteen studio portraits of the local Piringakau Performing Arts group at Waiheke High School and was a mix of traditional and artistic portraiture printed on loose canvas and pegged onto wire around the studio walls.
It was so much fun to photograph these amazing ‘kids’ (aged between 15 – 17) and I felt really proud when one of the dads called the exhibition a taonga and said I had captured the essence and vitality of my subjects.
The exhibition was visited by over 130 people during the course of the 10 days it was showing. The three images below emerged as favourites and provoked the most comment from those that visited…
Special thanks to the very lovely Te Ao Marama Hau, the students teacher in their Piringakau Performing Arts class at Waiheke High whose organisational skills and all-round positive energy was invaluable.
One week to go until my new exhibition Taiohi opens here at the Emma Hughes Photography Gallery/Studio/Workspace! I’m pretty excited and even more so because the wonderful subjects of my exhibition, school kids aged between 15 – 17, will be giving a short performance on the Opening Night… rumour has it there will be both a waiata and a haka to kick things off which is going to be AWESOME!!!!
There’s a wee article with some details about the shoots in the Waiheke Weekender this week … you can check it out here
Exhibition opens at 5pm on Thursday the 4th June (performance planned for 5.30pm). Come one, come all… actually not too many or we won’t all fit!! (Ahem). Nah, just kidding… let’s see how many people we can squeeze in!
This morning I dropped off my contribution to the Waiheke Art in the Garden Art Auction, which is part of a HUGELY popular annual event here called the Waiheke Island Garden Safari. This year it is being held from the 7th – 9th November (this weekend!!) and is the major fundraiser for the Jassy Dean Trust, a charity that distributes financial support for sick kids here on the island.
“Forgotten” : 16×16″ image printed on archival canvas
The Art Auction is being MC’ed this year by John Hawkesby and will be held at Pie Melon Bay, which is breathtakingly gorgeous.
(And just as a side note, if any of my future brides are looking for a spectacular venue, Pie Melon Bay is available through Jan at Waiheke Island Weddings and Events… so … you know… just putting it out there Universe!)
This year will be the 14th Annual Garden Safari, and there are some amazing gardens to come and wander through – tickets available online at iticket – $35 each for a whole weekend’s worth of Garden Goodness! (kids are free). Come and support a great cause!
Well it’s officially winter now and I am meant to be in my ‘quiet’ season but so far I’m yet to get there! This is due in large part to my inclusion in this years’ Auckland Festival of Photography with an exhibition comprised of portraits of some pretty tough Waiheke locals!
The exhibition came about because the kickboxing gym that I train at decided to do a “Fight Night” as a fundraiser for the local schools. Being a longtime lover of the art of the studio portrait, I jumped at the chance to capture the promo shots of the fighters and was so excited by the images that I decided to turn it into an exhibition while I was at it! A couple of the promo photos…
Called “Fight” (I know, soooo imaginative aren’t I?), the exhibition was selected by D-Photo magazine as one of the photography festivals picks to visit, which I was pretty chuffed about.
The images are a collection of strongly lit, dramatic studio portraits, complemented by audio interviews and a poem selected by my wonderful friend Selina Tusitala Marsh from her poetry collection, Dark Sparring.
Laying out the prints on the floor while I decided on which pieces would go where…
The opening night of the exhibition was amazing, with a great turnout of the fighters, other Waiheke photographers, friends and members of the general public. Of course I was so busy having a good time being a good host that I didn’t take any photos, although I was very lucky that Julianne from the Waiheke Weekender took a few snaps for the ‘Scene on Waiheke” section of the paper and sent me through this one…
Anyhooo… the exhibition finishes on Monday 9th so this is the last weekend to come and visit (I know, I only just told you about it!!). So please come and have a look at these spunky and courageous Waiheke Islanders who are gracing my studio walls… I’ve got to admit it has been a bit hard to concentrate on the computer work this week! 😀
A couple of months ago I was approached by Waiheke Libraries to run an after school workshop for kids, with an eye to creating an exhibition which would run alongside the Auckland Festival of Photography.
Article in the Gulf News about the Emma Hughes Photography kid’s workshop on Waiheke Island
The workshop itself was so much fun. Our main focus was on composition and looking for new and interesting angles, and I was really impressed by both the enthusiasm and the abilities of the participants.
The results are now up on the wall at the library and will be there for the next few weeks …. go and check out our young talented Waiheke photographers!