Writers by night: Brendan Kitto  

In his new exhibition at the Auckland Festival of Photography, Brendan Kitto combines his passion for photography and graffiti art. Night Visions gives viewers a look at the nocturnal world of graffiti artists as they go about their sometimes unappreciated craft.

Brendan talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about putting the series together and some of the escapades it led him on.


D-Photo:  Can you give us a brief outline of what the Night Vision exhibition is all about?

Brendon Kitto: It’s about what graffiti writers get up to while the rest of us are sleeping.

Are you a graffiti artist yourself?

Yes I am, I have been involved in the scene for the past 14 years. I am part of the TMD (The Most Dedicated) graffiti crew.

What is it about graffiti writing that makes for a good photographic subject?

It tends to be hidden from the public eye and the works that result are often very temporary, so if it’s not captured , it’s gone for ever. (more…)

An expanding source: Mareea Vegas

Last year a collection of local contemporary photographers put together a unique group exhibition by the name of Source (which you can read about here). The show was so successful they have returned in this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography with a sequel, Sourced.

Mareea Vegas, one of the exhibiting photographers, tells D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog how the collaboration has grown in a year, and what we can expect from the follow-up.


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D-Photo: Can you give us a brief outline of what Sourced is all about?

Mareea Vegas: Sourced is the continuation of last year’s show, Source, and is again part of the Festival of Photography. For us it’s a great chance to create a beautiful space with friends and inspirations, and experience all the twists and turns that go with that process. With more of an open theme this year some of us are continuing on with concepts from the last show while some have gone in a really different direction for this show. (more…)

Ringside: Emma Hughes

A luminary of the vibrant Waiheke Island photographic scene, Emma Hughes has established a career as one of the country’s leading wedding photographers. For this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, however, she is taking a step away from marital bliss and into the ring of competitive fighting.

For the new exhibition, Fight, she turns her lens onto the fledgling warriors about to embark on their very first public bouts. She talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about the endeavour.

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D-Photo: Can give us a brief description of your Fight exhibition?

Emma Hughes: Fight is a collection of studio portraits of eleven fighters who are about to step into the ring for their first public bout. It also has an audio component to it with short interviews from the fighters and a wonderful poem by acclaimed spoken word poet Selina Tusitala Marsh.

Going from weddings to fighting is (one would hope) a change of pace – what attracted you to boxers as a subject?

A bit of a change from wedding photography, yes I agree!  Studio portraiture has always been a passion of ...full story

Learn to love Lightroom



Adobe’s Lightroom is a deceptively complex tool and getting to grips can be a frustrating exercise in information bombardment, but a new series of workshops has been developed to ensure photographers can now learn the exact set of skills they need for a chosen creative path, in an easy to digest format.

The reformatted and relaunched post-processing series  comes from photography educator Paul Petch & Co. The teaching is overseen by commercial photographer (and regular D-Photo contributor) Paul Petch, who has more than a decade’s worth of experience to share, working with such companies and clients as Tourism New Zealand, Emirates, and John Key.

Instead of a full day of cramming as much Lightroom knowledge into your head as possible (like most workshops), with not a lot sticking, this series of three-hour monthly sessions has been developed to ensure you learn the most useful aspects of the program as efficiently as possible. You can learn what you want.

The beginner’s “Taking control of your images” workshop will teach you about setting up folders, basic post processing, and backing up images is set at $149, and once you’ve ...full story

The fine art of fun


Adrian Hatwell talks to Christchurch photographer Ann Worthy-Stephenson about putting together a unique children’s portrait business

Said to be science’s gift to art, photography is often regarded as the discipline most suited to capturing reality. However, our digital environment is increasingly making elements of the fantastical just as possible, a trend Christchurch photographer Ann Worthy-Stephenson has used as the fanciful foundation of her portrait business.

Parents can come to the international award-winning photographer for traditional family, children and baby images, but to those after more adventurous memories, Photo Worthy Images offers something extra. The photographer’s studio transforms into a whimsical fantasy world ready for little fairies, superheroes and pirates to act out their fondest imaginings — quite the operation for someone who never intended to shoot portraits. (more…)

Meet the Image Nation speakers, part two

With the annual weekend of non-stop photographic stimulation growing ever nearer, D-Photo would like to introduce you to the rest of the line-up at this year’s Image Nation conference (part one lives here, if you missed it).

For those not in the know, Image Nation is a two-day conference of back-to-back presentations by some of the biggest names in commercial photography, both local and international. This year it is taking place on Friday, June 13 and Saturday June 14 at central Auckland’s Q Theatre. The organiser, the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association, has done a wonderful job in keeping the price of admission down to make the event accessible: check out the tickets here.


Richard Robinson

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Earlier this month named the 2014 Senior Press Photographer of the Year at the Canon Media Awards, Richard Robinson is one of New Zealand’s foremost photojournalists. For 14 years he ...full story

Splendid isolation: Guy Needham

Freelance photographer Guy Needham travels to the little seen parts of the globe to document unique cultures, and for this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography he turns his lens of Papua New Guinea’s indigenous Huli. A people unknown to the rest of the world until the 1930s, the Huli have a unique culture that has remained undisturbed for the good part of 1000 years.

Needham travelled to the New Guinea highlands to meet the Huli people, study their culture and document their vibrant practices. All of which can be seen in The Huli exhibition at the Allpress Gallery in Feeman’s Bay, June 3-14. The photographer talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about his travels.

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D-Photo: Can you briefly tell as what The Huli exhibition is all about?

Guy Needham: The Huli is my tribute to a 1000-year old tribe in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, one that I spent time with in 2013. It reveals both the finery and the secrets of a tribe that has changed little since its ‘discovery’ by Europeans until the 1930s. The series ...full story