Tim J. Veling - The weather was ideal
NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH
Place is an important concern to many photographers. However, it seems especially important to the New Zealand sensibility; whether as a love-letter to or a desire to document where we have come from, or as a way to make sense of our relative isolation to the rest of the world. This serves as a starting point for the work of Tim J. Veling. The basis for Veling’s practice is the 'psychological landscape and social-political environment', seen particularly through his 'current engagement with long-term projects relating to the aftermath of Christchurch’s devastating 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.'
In his most recent body of work, THX FOR THE MEMORIES, Veling invites his reader to experience for themselves the consequences of irrevocable change on a small suburban community. His photographs are carefully considered observations, imbued with insight that one can’t help but identify with. Veling weaves narrative and detail into a complex, poetic body of work that spans the genres of fine art and documentary photography.
Through Veling's images we 'come to understand not only the devastation visited upon the lives of those affected, but also the immense amount of bravery, generosity and determination the people of Christchurch have shown in the wake of such terrible odds.'
Veling has exhibited his work locally and internationally, and he is a Lecturer in Photography at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts. He is also a key contributor to and administrator of Place in Time: The Christchurch Documentary Project.
- Christine McFetridge