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!
PS Get the full details HERE
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!
This is the last week to get entries submitted for the 2013 NZIPP Annual Iris Awards… always a roller-coaster of a ride as photographers submit their favourite images from the year and wait breathlessly to see if a panel of their peers love or loathe them.
Sometimes your efforts are lauded. Sometimes you feel like you have had the rug pulled out from under you. Sometime the judges don’t even comment on your image. (This sucks muchly). During the course of the judging you can run the gamut of emotions, feeling at times on a total high or like you just want to crawl into a quiet dark space and wallow…. maybe even disappear for a little while. Actually some do disappear, but you find them quite easily later in the hotel bar.
In an industry that is populated by the ‘creatively curious’ the awards are a really exciting showcase of evocative and compelling work. It’s also quite addictive and year after year professional photographers gather to try their luck and enjoy the challenge and process. And, of course, to hang out with photography friends from all over the country who also make the annual pilgrimage to the awards and convention.
This year, the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers convention is being held in Auckland at The Pullman Hotel from the 1-5th August. The judging is open to the public so if you are interested you can go and watch the proceedings at the following times;
I submitted my entries digitally last week and Lance is now frantically matting the prints for delivery this week. This year I had my images printed by Lee-Ann at Tawa Imaging who did a spectacular job as always. (Lee-Ann does all my canvas printing for my portrait clients but this is the first year I have got her to do my award entries).
The 2012 NZIPP Iris Awards Touring Exhibition was part of the Auckland Festival of Photography this year and a couple of my award winning images were on display (please excuse the dodgy Instagram iphone pics! Highly professional.). If you are interested in seeing all the winners from last years awards you can do so HERE.
Good luck to everyone who enters this year. xx
Lance is hard at work framing my Super Exhibition which opens this coming Thursday evening. I quite like that… my Super Exhibition. Bit of a laugh. 😉
It’s called Super because it is comprised of studio portraits of Waiheke Island’s 70s+ generation, who are not only eligible for a super card but quite frankly are … well… really quite SUPER!
Images are accompanied by a quote from each subject, and for me the experience of photographing and interviewing all these lovely and lively ‘oldies’ was really moving. I can’t wait to share the images in the exhibition.
Thanks for the awesome plug D-Photo magazine xx …
All are welcome at the exhibition opening which is on Thursday 30th, 5pm at my gallery in Oneroa (1 Tui St). Please come and say hello.