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Filtering by Category: New Zealand Photographers

Harvey Benge- Auckland Weekend, light and shadow under clear blue summer skies

Harvey Benge is a photographer based in Auckland, New Zealand & Paris, France. Harvey was part of Issue #3 of Excerpt Magazine and also shared his 2013 Highlights with Excerpt in December.

Here are some photos taken by Harvey last weekend. He says of them, "Aucklanders were spoilt for choice this last weekend. With the NRL Auckland Nines, rapper Eminem's concert and the annual Lantern Festival celebrating Chinese New Year, there was something for everybody. I took to the streets and made these photographs."



View more photography on Harvey Benge's WEBSITE and BLOG


Talia Smith & Christine McFetridge curated an exceptionally nuanced selection of New Zealand photographers for The Weather Was Ideal and Excerpt Magazine wishes to thank them for sharing this project with the Excerpt audience.

Thank you to the photographers Blair Barclay, Natasha Cantwell, Harry Culy, Sam Dow, Raewyn Gilkes, Geoffrey Heath, Leilani Heather, Shelley Jacobson, Anton Maurer, Christine McFetridge, Solomon Mortimer, Talia Smith, Abby Storey, Anita Tótha & Tim J. Veling for sharing their work as part of The Weather Was Ideal. It is clear that current photographic work within New Zealand has depths and resonance that is far reaching.

We want to continue to make strong connections between Excerpt Magazine and New Zealand photo-based practice and in the coming months will be sharing more work. Christine McFetridge who is currently based in Melbourne, and Talia Smith, who is based in Auckland until July - December 2014 when she will be guest curating at Gaffa in Sydney, are strengthening cross-currents between the Australian and New Zealand photography communities both as photographers and curators and this is so exciting to see. 


Photograph by Tim J. Veling

Photograph by Tim J. Veling

Shelley Jacobson - The weather was ideal


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Surface Expression (2013-14), a new body of work by Shelley Jacobson, focuses on the impact of industrialisation on three geothermal sites.

There are always two sides to every story and Jacobson explores the potential downside of technological advancements that we have made. She uses the landscape to tell this story, specifically sites within the Wairakei geothermal system. New Zealand is known for its geothermal tourist spots being natural wonders but as her series of work documents, the natural is now turning into the manmade.

"Namely the Wairakei geothermal power station borefield; the manmade geyser at the adjacent ‘Wairakei Terraces’ walkway, which operates using water from the bore field; the nearby ‘Craters of the Moon’ walkway, which developed geologically as a result of changing pressure in the Wairakei system post-drilling. These three interlinked sites speak of the impact of industrial activity, but also act as sites of drama and spectacle."

Jacobson's work is thoughtful and interesting, engaging viewers with images that are as much of a wonder as the natural sites themselves. Social constructs and ideals around place and landmarks through not just New Zealand but also internationally (her series of work titled Sea of Trees made in Japan, is an absolute standout) are the main drive for her work. There is a real strength to each project with many layers of experimentation and research having been taken during the process.

New Zealand is heavily promoted as 'Clean and Green' and a place that features awe inspiring natural beauty; to some extent this statement is true, but as Jacobsen's work examines perhaps now is not the time to become complacent about such a statement. Now is the time that we should take care in making sure that this ever advancing world doesn't make these beautiful, naturally occurring sites anything but a memory.

Now is the time we question what we want future generations to experience firsthand.

- Talia Smith

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This post is part of The weather was ideal project, a series of posts about New Zealand photography curated by Christine McFetridge and Talia Smith.

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