D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – in the first of our Auckland Festival of Photography interviews artist and co-curator of the Recent Auckland Photography exhibition, Chris Corson-Scott, tells how he came to put together a group exhibition of some of the country’s most talented artists.
D-Photo: Can you briefly describe the Recent Auckland Photography exhibition?
Chris Corson-Scott: Recent Auckland Photography is an exhibition at Northart on Auckland’s North Shore which runs from May 20 to June 12, as part of the 2013 Auckland Festival of Photography. It features 12 photographic artists; a number of New Zealand’s most renowned, alongside those who are mid-career or emerging. It contains a range of works from the past 15 years, with the emphasis on the recent, and includes important early work, rarely exhibited works, and new, previously unseen works.
While the Auckland Festival Photography brings to the city more exhibitions than you can shake a monopod at, it’s not all just looking – there’s plenty of opportunities for doing too, such as a series of workshops to enhance your lighting skills.
Covering Canon and Nikon speedlights as well as Elinchrom studio lights on individual days, the curriculum should have something for everyone wanting to get a bit more proactive with their lighting skills.
The hands-on workshops well be held at Topic Rentals in Newton in small groups to maximise their value, and cost $50 per person per workshop – spaces are limited so email email@example.com or call 09 307 3177 to secure a space quickly.
On the day attendees will utilise the selected lighting set-up to photograph live performances; you are advised to bring a memory stick (or buy one there) and can bring your own camera or borrow one from ‘the armory’. (more…)
D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – US photographer Christine Armbruster talks to us about her trip to Sarajevo to create her project Mortar Shells and Cigarettes, intended to be a documentary look at post-war Bosnia that turned into something more personal in the process.
D-Photo: Can you briefly describe what your project Mortar Shells and Cigarettes is?
Christine Armbruster: I see Mortar Shells and Cigarettes as a memoir of learning that life isn’t black and white in the context of a post-war city. It is my reaction to a city and the stories told of war while I walked the streets of Sarajevo for over a month. I think it is a blend of documentary, street, and fine art photography if you feel the need to categorize it.
What made you want to travel to Sarajevo?
Since I was a kid I always wanted to go to Sarajevo. My best friend moved there when I was younger and would write me letters telling me of the beauty of the city and it always stuck in my mind. Some dream of going to the canals of Italy or the Eiffel Tower as a child, ...full story
Stephen Parker, photographer at Rotorua’s Daily Post, has been named the Senior Press Photographer of the Year in the 2013 Canon media Awards.
In a ritzy gala last Friday Parker was awarded the top photography accolade in New Zealand’s programme of annual awards celebrating excellence in local media.
Parker’s winning portfolio presented a diverse range of photojournalistic images from the region, including protests (pictured), street violence, school kids, Gangnam style celebrations.
Junior Press Photographer of the Year was awarded to Emma Allen of the Marlborough Express, making this the fifth year in a row this award has gone to a photographer at that publication.
Best News Picture this year went to Kent Blechynden at The Dominion Post for his dramatic image of Occupy Wellington protestors being evicted from Civic Square.
Best Sports Picture was awarded to Iain McGregor from The Press for his moody image of athlete Andrea Hewitt training for the Olympics in the darkness of Christchurch’s Rawhiti Domain.
Best Photo Essay or Slideshow was picked up by Richard Robinson at the NZ Herald for ...full story
Early next month the Auckland Festival of Photography will be offering photographers the chance to have their portfolios reviewed by panel of experts for free.
The event’s portfolio reviews will take place on June 8, giving attendees the chance to get their work in front of a group of top-level artists and curators, one-on-one, in 20-minute blocks.
The review panel consists of:
Dieneke Jansen – photographer and senior lecturer at AUT
Harvey Benge – curator, writer and photographer
Marie Shannon – photographer
Ron Brownson – senior curator of NZ and Pacific art at the Auckland Art Gallery
Next week a photography exhibition that takes dancers off the stage and transports them into the natural environment opens in Auckland.
The Motion & Emotion exhibition by Auckland photographer Nina Gastreich will feature dancers from Auckland, Wellington and abroad shot in outdoor locations that echo the emotion expressed in their dance.
“These photos showcase dance in a natural environment and reiterate the expression of emotion and motion found through movement in the chosen location and weather,” explains Gastreich.
The exhibition runs from May 17 to 19 at Nature: Art + Design in Auckland’s Eden Terrace, with admission costing $10 (including a complimentary beverage) on the opening night and $5 on subsequent days.
As well as exhibiting Gastreich’s emotive images, the exhibition is also a chance to see some of the dancers perform live, at 8pm on the Friday, 8.30pm on the Saturday and 4pm on the Sunday. (more…)
The Hähnel Tuffs are, well, tough! Made up of two complementary units: a transmitter that sits on the camera’s hot shoe and a receiver with a hot shoe for the remote flash to sit in. Plug them in, turn them on and the camera is shooting in full Canon TTL mode without even consulting the manual.
They are light but made out of a strong plastic material and covered with a protective and removable silicone rubber cover, giving them a go-anywhere take-anything-you-can-throw-at-them feel. The receiver also acts as a foot for the flash, which means you can sit on a table, shelf or any level surface without extra clamps or accessories.
The buttons and controls are oversize, easily accessed but discrete, which means they are easy to use and don’t get in the way — very well thought through design and details. (more…)