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

Changing lanes

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Adrian Hatwell speaks to photojournalist Mark McKeown about his plunge into the wedding game.

After two decades of toiling away in photojournalism you don’t usually expect to see a veteran photographer suddenly change career tracks, but that’s exactly what Tauranga-based Mark McKeown has done. The internationally trained, award-winning photojournalist has halted his long-standing newspaper job to pursue a career as a wedding photographer.


After putting in 10 years’ service at the Bay of Plenty Times, McKeown handed in his press pass at the end of 2012 to focus his energies on running Musae Studios with his wedding celebrant wife, Suzanne. But, as anyone with a taste for photojournalism knows, it’s not something you just walk away from – it’s in the blood. So McKeown is now looking at different avenues to apply his skills outside of the ‘newspaper rabbit hole’.

“If you stay there too long, you’ll never get out and run across the paddock,” he explains. “I still love newspapers, it’s just time for me to move on and do my ...full story

A long awakening: Becky Nunes

A project years in incubation, the Co-orbital exhibition is an intuitive photographic examination of Auckland’s Grafton Gully area by photographer Becky Nunes. By way of her own distinct fine art and documentary practice, the photographer becomes a visual archaeologist of the territory’s storied past and fluctuating present.

The Co-orbital exhibition features in this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, June 4-24 at Mount Eden’s NBK Gallery. Becky talks with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about the ideas underpinning the singular exhibition.

Note: the images presented here come from Becky’s Graveyard Snail series (2013), an online accompaniment to the Co-orbital exhibition. For the Co-orbital image you’ll have to get along to the show.

D-Photo: Can you briefly tell us a little about yourself and your photography practice?

Becky Nunes: For many years I had what I would describe as an eclectic commercial and editorial practice, working from a large studio at the edge of the CBD. Over the past five or so years I have been increasingly immersed in education, and in the development of my own personal projects. (more…)

International photo adventurers visit NZ

Penguins-on-ice-floe,-Antarctica_CR-David-DoubiletTwo world renowned photographers are heading to our shores this year to share their stories of wild adventure and photographic innovation amassed during careers of global exploration.

Part of the internationally touring Nation Geographic Live series, pioneering aquatic photographer David Doubilet and extreme adventure filmmaker Bryan Smith will be making stops in Auckland and Wellington to present inspiring talks.

Doubilet is first up, arriving in August with his show Coral, Fire, & Ice, in which he tells the story of the glittering beauty of the world’s ‘coral triangle’ and the lure of sculptural icebergs and shipwrecks in the icy waters of Antarctica.

He is a pioneer in the field of underwater photography, creating the split-lens camera which allowed him to take above and below the water at the same time, with separate focus points for the top and bottom half of the picture recorded onto the same negative.

Smith follow in October with the show Extreme Adventure on the Edge, in which the adventure filmmaker shares gripping, behind-the-scenes moments from his assignments documenting extreme feats in the world’s most challenging environments.

Auckland shows will be held at ...full story

In the picture: Helen Clegg

Photographers are often loath to get in front of the lens themselves, but Auckland-based emerging artist Helen Clegg doesn’t fit that mould – she’s the centrepiece of all her images. A challenging blend of self-portrait and landscape photography, her style looks at the relationship between the body and its surroundings.

In her latest series, The Bridge Gathers, Clegg has created images of herself confined within a transparent box, transported to various locations. The exhibition is on show from May 29 to June 20 at Newton’s Lot23 gallery as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. Helen talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about the new works.


D-Photo: Can you briefly tell us a little about yourself and your photography background?

Helen Clegg: Originally from the UK, I made my way to New Zealand about five years ago, via a three-year stint in France. I have a BFA majoring in Photography under my belt and after some time dabbling in different genres of photography, I realised that the only thing that was going to work for me was focusing all ...full story