digital imaging

New Vincent Ward exhibition

He may be one of our most celebrated filmmakers but Vincent Ward is also an accomplished fine artist, as an exhibition opening next month in New Plymouth will amply demonstrate.

Ward, whose film’s like Vigil and River Queen have become defining works in New Zealand’s film canon, will have a series of still images on display at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery opening in December.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Breath – the fleeting intensity of life’, marks the first time Ward’s images have been surveyed in the context of an art museum, mixing photography, painting and digital imaging.

The displayed works are concerned with themes of metamorphosis, light, darkness and immersive experience conveyed through otherworldly landscapes and transcendent states.

“I am working to find an alchemical marriage somewhere between the worlds of motion, film and painting,” says Ward.

The exhibition will run from December 10, 2011 to February 26, 2012 at the gallery on the corner of Queen and King Street; admission is free.

Curated by Rhana Devenport, the exhibition will also be accompanied by a publication of the works with a commissioned essay by writer and playwright Louis Nowra.

Check the Govett-Brewster website for further details.

Image: Embryo 2011 © Vincent Ward

Doogan Tours Lightroom and Italy.

Official Photoshop Wizard John Doogan has announced a two day hands-on workshop in Auckland this June, where the Adobe Certified Expert will turn Lightroom inside-out.

Lightroom, which is fast becoming standard-issue kit, will be explained from the ground up, with Doogan covering digital asset management, metadata, keywords, the develop module, importing and exporting images, plug-ins and workflow (whatever the heck they all are).

Held at Evoke Studio in Papakura on June 5 and 6 at the bargain basement price of $458 , there’s very limited places, so email for a spot.

Doogan will also be hosting on a special Mediterranean education later in the year, leading an 11 day photo tour through an Italian village during harvest season. Participants will stay on a working vineyard, where they can combine their love of learning about good photography with great Italian grub.

Held between September 27 and October 7, 2010 more information is available at