Today I am in the air on my way to the 2015 New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers Iris Awards and Conference, which this year is being held in Queenstown (and according to some other NZIPPers who are already there is rather chilly so that might be a bit of a rude shock after a quite temperate week here on beautiful Waiheke!).
The Island is pretty well represented this year at the conference with Waiheke photographers Blair Quax, Alice Doig, Michelle Hepburn and myself all making the journey down south to kick up our heels, ahem, I mean knuckle down to furthering our photographic prowess.
But before the conference begins, the Epson Iris Awards will be taking place. This is always an exciting and exhausting few days. This year I am on the judging panel again and am really looking forward to seeing the amazing images that I know will come before us. If you have entered, the very best of luck… it takes guts to have your work judged in a public arena like this one, so you are already a champion just for having the courage to do it.
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 of my images which scored a Gold at last year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP) Iris Awards and helped place me as a finalist in the Illustrative Category has been selected as part of the submission to represent New Zealand in the 2015 World Photographic Cup!
Yippie! My image will stand alongside the work of some amazing New Zealand photographers including last year’s NZIPP Photographer of the Year Richard Wood, media darling Holly Spring, fellow Waiheke photographer Blair Quax and awesome wedding shooters Jake Thomas and Jason Naylor (and that’s just to name a few!).
This year there are 27 countries vying for the title so it’s pretty exciting! Cross your fingers for our NZ submission x
Next Sunday evening, on the 14th of December, I am excited to be hosting a one night only exhibition of the paintings and photography of local teen Gaia Rowntree at the Emma Hughes Photography Studio space in Oneroa. (106 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa.)
Gaia is fundraising to attend ACG Senior College in Auckland for her final year of school… the school was so impressed with her that she has received a half scholarship but still needs to find several thousands of dollars in order to attend so she and her family are working towards making her dream a reality through several different events including this exhibition.
I’ve been really impressed by Gaia’s photography and think she has a fabulous future ahead of her.
Please come along for a glass of wine & nibbles, and to support this talented artist. Sunday 14th, starts at 7pm.
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!