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Blair Barclay - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

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The past is just a story we tell ourselvesHer, Spike Jonze, 2013

One Step Back was made after Blair Barclay returned to New Zealand from a year spent overseas. His aim was to explore conflicting feelings of familiarity and detachment that he experienced upon returning home. Barclay says, ‘While taking these photos, personal knowledge and memories came to distort the way I looked at home. With my camera I tried to combine the analytical characteristics of photography with a more subjective vision of personal experience.’

Through his black and white photographs, Barclay doesn’t seek to depict home in a physical sense. Rather the subject is the relevance that this place has for him. The images concentrate on subtle details, the gestures of loved ones, and intuitive observations of his surroundings. There is a familiarity about them, one can easily relate to his experience reconciling the past, more associated with childhood, to growing up.

Barclay unravels his aims further: ‘the title of the project refers to the way one steps back to gain a clearer perspective on a subject or situation; also to the distance or disconnection this creates. This project served as a cathartic experience that helped me to both analyse the place that I had returned to, and to re-establish a connection with it.’

Barclay, a photographer and book artist, is currently based in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has exhibited both locally and internationally.

- Christine McFetridge

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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.

Abby Storey - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

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Abby Storey’s body of work Of the Land 'forms a portrait of a man and an exploration of the life he leads.' Storey examines the complex and sometimes contradictory relationships between humanity and the natural world.

Our protagonist, Terry, like his ancestors before him, is a farmer, hunter, dog trainer and man with inextricable ties to the land. According to Storey, Terry’s world is a world of  animal husbandry but also animal slaughter, with home-kill meat being a staple of the family diet.’

This notion of self-reliance forms the essence of Storey’s work. Her portraits are punctuated with quiet, descriptive images that form a narrative around Terry’s way of life. Additionally, the work has an environmental conscience.

A part of Terry’s life is spent hunting animals that are non-native to the New Zealand bush and are damaging the ecosytem, namely deer, goats, wild pigs and wild cattle. The highly destructive introduction of non-native animals to ecosystems around the world has resulted in the extinction or endangering of countless species. In Terry's words, ‘it’s killing an animal, but it’s saving a native bird'.

Storey currently lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. Of the Land was also part of The People Project. View the post here.

- Christine McFetridge

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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.

The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

With a nod to Katherine Mansfield, Excerpt begins its focus on New Zealand photography. Christine McFetridge and Talia Smith have curated a small selection of recent work by New Zealand photo-media artists. We don't want to give too much away, but here's an image by Tim J. Veling to get you in the mood.

From the series   THX 4 THE MEMORIES

From the series THX 4 THE MEMORIES

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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