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 exhibitions of the photos was held in St Peter's hall, Paekakariki on 20 and 21 June 2020, and another is planned for the Mahara Gallery, Waikanae from 5 September 2020.
A 60 page A4 book with high quality photos is avaiable for $30.
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.
Helen Clark and the NZ Representative to the UN (with Joe on the right) were instrumental in the success of the installation.
Helen Clark and the NZ Representative to the UN (with Joe on the right) were instrumental in the success of the installation.
Our canvas: the UN Secretariat and General Assembly buildings in New York
Our canvas: the UN Secretariat and General Assembly buildings in New York
A huge amount of video editing and rendering was required.
A huge amount of video editing and rendering was required.
Images were projected by 21 huge projectors onto both UN buildings
Images were projected by 21 huge projectors onto both UN buildings
The projectors had to be aligned carefully.
The projectors had to be aligned carefully.
We worked with seven young people from around the globe, including Greta Thunberg, speaking in the 7 languages of the UN.  Here is Greta speaking to a huge climate rally in New York.
We worked with seven young people from around the globe, including Greta Thunberg, speaking in the 7 languages of the UN. Here is Greta speaking to a huge climate rally in New York.
Klaus Thyman coordinated the voices from the young people, here with El Medhi Zairi (French - Morocco) and Ahmed Badr (Arabic - USA)
Klaus Thyman coordinated the voices from the young people, here with El Medhi Zairi (French - Morocco) and Ahmed Badr (Arabic - USA)
Their words were projected as their voices called out.
Their words were projected as their voices called out.
This scene showed the iceberg collapsing down the side of the 250m tall building.
This scene showed the iceberg collapsing down the side of the 250m tall building.
The iceberg projected on the UN buildings.
The iceberg projected on the UN buildings.
Truly spectacular!
Truly spectacular!
The installation finished with Greta's call to action.
The installation finished with Greta's call to action.
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.
#1: Positive pooches
#1: Positive pooches
#2: Guard bee defending her hive
#2: Guard bee defending her hive
#3: Laughter is the best medicine: my daughter with a friend's son on Paekakariki beach last night
#3: Laughter is the best medicine: my daughter with a friend's son on Paekakariki beach last night
#5: Crescent moon over Kapiti
#5: Crescent moon over Kapiti
#6: Cheerful chooks: today is wet, cold and windy - today needs a cheery photo!
#6: Cheerful chooks: today is wet, cold and windy - today needs a cheery photo!
#8: The centre of my universe: Normally a bustling hubbub of coffee drinkers, hikers recovering after walking the escarpment track, and locals chatting after buying icecream from the dairy. 29 March 2020: clouds dissipating after the southerly storm - deserted as people heed the call to stay at home.
#8: The centre of my universe: Normally a bustling hubbub of coffee drinkers, hikers recovering after walking the escarpment track, and locals chatting after buying icecream from the dairy. 29 March 2020: clouds dissipating after the southerly storm - deserted as people heed the call to stay at home.
#7: A warm bubble: my father, a retired vet joined our "bubble" for lockdown.
#7: A warm bubble: my father, a retired vet joined our "bubble" for lockdown.
#8: Isolation selfie on the beach
#8: Isolation selfie on the beach
#11: First flight: my camera records a sequence of up-down wing beats as a gull flies past.
#11: First flight: my camera records a sequence of up-down wing beats as a gull flies past.
#9: Smothered by fog A thick, damp fog rolled in from the sea yesterday, obscuring the sun and the outside world and imparting a wonderful stillness.
#9: Smothered by fog A thick, damp fog rolled in from the sea yesterday, obscuring the sun and the outside world and imparting a wonderful stillness.
#12: Reflections and refractions
#12: Reflections and refractions
#13: Moonrise over Paekakariki surf club
#13: Moonrise over Paekakariki surf club
#14: A bird with an identity problem: californian quail.
#14: A bird with an identity problem: californian quail.
#15: Rampant rhapsody in blue: one of the worst weeds in our garden is agapanthus.
#15: Rampant rhapsody in blue: one of the worst weeds in our garden is agapanthus.
#17: There be dragons: northern grass skink into our garden.
#17: There be dragons: northern grass skink into our garden.
#18: Symphony in orange: an hour after sunset.
#18: Symphony in orange: an hour after sunset.
#19: Industrious honeybee
#19: Industrious honeybee
#20: A royal visit: a couple of royal spoonbills visited our beach.
#20: A royal visit: a couple of royal spoonbills visited our beach.
#21: The essence of Paekakariki
#21: The essence of Paekakariki
#22: Castaways Heavy surf driven by the cold sou'wester washed much seaweed and this colony of gooseneck barnacles onto the beach.
#22: Castaways Heavy surf driven by the cold sou'wester washed much seaweed and this colony of gooseneck barnacles onto the beach.
#23: Diversity in numbers I love the diversity of our village, something that is illustrated by the variety of our letterboxes.
#23: Diversity in numbers I love the diversity of our village, something that is illustrated by the variety of our letterboxes.
#24: What do they do in shadows? Eels in the Wainui Stream.
#24: What do they do in shadows? Eels in the Wainui Stream.
#25: Working together in their own bubble: there are four different types of organisms, called polyps, each working together.
#25: Working together in their own bubble: there are four different types of organisms, called polyps, each working together.
#26: Paekakariki bubble I've started a small project to photograph some Paekakariki bubbles (adhering strictly to isolation rules). The bubbles choose how they wish to be portrayed. Here is the first.
#26: Paekakariki bubble I've started a small project to photograph some Paekakariki bubbles (adhering strictly to isolation rules). The bubbles choose how they wish to be portrayed. Here is the first.
#27: Te Ara o Whareroa: my father (87) cycled this path each day during lockdown.
#27: Te Ara o Whareroa: my father (87) cycled this path each day during lockdown.
#28: Resilient ti kouka - In the 1990s, about a quarter of our ti kouka died but the trees developed a resistance to the phytoplasma bacterium.
#28: Resilient ti kouka - In the 1990s, about a quarter of our ti kouka died but the trees developed a resistance to the phytoplasma bacterium.
#29: Te Ikaroa (Milky Way) above Paekakariki
#29: Te Ikaroa (Milky Way) above Paekakariki
#30: Haven in an agricultural landscape
#30: Haven in an agricultural landscape
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