The Bubbles of Paekakariki
In response to the covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand entered Level 4 lockdown on 26 March 2020. The primary objective was to isolate people in bubbles to stop the spread of the virus. During the last week of lockdown, I photographed 55 bubbles in my home town of Paekakariki - about one in twelve households. All photos were taken quickly from the property boundary using a telephoto lens to keep social distance.
A selection is shown below.
An exhibition of the photos was held in St Peter's hall, Paekakariki in June 2020, and is now on at the Mahara Gallery, Waikanae until the end of October 2020 (see: www.maharagallery.org.nz)
A 60 page A4 book with high quality photos is available for $30.
At the end of September 2020, the Kapiti Coast was pummeled for several days by strong winds that created swells up to 4.5m high. I hoped to capture the energy of these waves by using a long lens (400mm) at slow shutter speeds (1/10th and 1/20th of a second), panning with the waves.
Voices for the Future
During the 2016 Auckland Arts Festival, I worked with Joe Michael (installation), Rhian Sheehan (music) and others to project an iceberg onto the Auckland War Memorial Museum. The success of this installation led to the opportunity to project a living and dying iceberg on the UN buildings in New York, combined with the voices of young people around the globe (including Greta Thunberg) about their concerns about climate change. The installation occurred just in advance of the UN Climate Action Summit in September 2019. Here are some photos from this installation.
Paekakariki Positive Pictures
In response to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of New Zealand locked-down on 26 March 2020, significantly restricting our movement outside our isolation "bubbles". My commercial photographic work ground to a halt. In response to ongoing media reports about actual and projected impacts of the virus, I decided to take a positive photo from within my community during lockdown Level 4. Here is a selection.