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Solomon Mortimer - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

Kosher butcher, 2013

Kosher butcher, 2013

'But it's getting better now.
He found it in him to forgive.
He walked the city,
And he found a place to live,
In a half-way house,
Half-way down Dominion Road.'
- The Mutton Birds

Cities are defined by their iconic stretches of road. They're features of a city we remember long after we've left it behind. These are the sort of places communities and cultures congregate; and local industry thrives. We write songs and stories about them. Auckland's Dominion Road is one of these places. It's a busy road used daily by thousands of commuters, but its locals make the place what it is. Solomon Mortimer's project Dominion Road documents these characters, and their setting, as proposed alterations to the road infrastructure come into effect and change a landscape unaltered for eighty years.

'With the alterations of Dominion Road beginning this year, I was given the opportunity to collect the stories and memories of those whose nostalgic remnants of a lifetime were about to be demolished. Working with an oral historian, and Auckland City Libraries, I recorded for this project an account of the road as it was, and has been for the last eighty years (no one I could find with ties to the road was older than that).'

Solomon plays the 'role of the archivist with a camera.' He introduces us to figures; new, but we've met them before. The gentleman reading his paper, local bakers and restauranteurs. The work is not time sensitive in an aesthetic sense and just as we relate to the images now, so too will others in fifty years time. 

These men and women use their hands to engage in a very physical way of life. They're salt of the Earth kind of individuals; quiet men and women who, like a road, make a place memorable to those passing through.

The project is now housed in the Sir George Grey Special Collection at the Auckland Central City Library.

- Christine McFetridge

56, 2013

56, 2013

Ta the Poet, 2013

Ta the Poet, 2013

Pride and Joy of an Auto-Mechanic, 2013

Pride and Joy of an Auto-Mechanic, 2013

Bulb replacement, 2013

Bulb replacement, 2013

Outdated investments, 2013

Outdated investments, 2013

Collection Day, 2013

Collection Day, 2013

Bolter at 10:27am, 2013

Bolter at 10:27am, 2013

Bakery dynasty, 2013

Bakery dynasty, 2013

Larry Woods the King of Wax, 2013

Larry Woods the King of Wax, 2013

Margaret, 2013

Margaret, 2013

Andrew Kenneth Mead, 2013

Andrew Kenneth Mead, 2013

Steelworks #1, 2013

Steelworks #1, 2013

The Foreman, 2013

The Foreman, 2013

Belview Reserve, 2013

Belview Reserve, 2013

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.

Anita Tótha - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

From the series   Unchartered

From the series Unchartered

The desolation and vastness of this ever-changing sculptural landscape creates a surreal, otherworldly environment to experience where nature takes over. Footprint trails erased, no trace left behind. The hostility of the elements forever transforms the terrain within hours, making it appear devoid of all human interaction.

The images taken in New Zealand (arguably the final frontier of the world) is where uncharted, unexplored territory still exists. Upon their arrival centuries ago, Maori and European colonisers have adapted to some of these foreign and unforgiving landscapes created by the Earth, on volcanoes, glacial lakes and geo-thermal areas, making what was first perceived as foreign and remote, familiar, by adapting to their 'new world' and surroundings.

- Anita Tótha

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Anita is currently based in Auckland, New Zealand and is co-founder of Tangent, a New Zealand contemporary photography collective. She runs the Auckland branch of The Photobook Club and is on the advisory panel of the Asia Pacific Photobook Archive.

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.

Geoffrey Heath - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

Your indifference used to be attractive

Your indifference used to be attractive

There is a film like quality to Geoffrey Heath’s Scheduled Entertainment 2010 but in this case it is as if we have come into the theatre half way through and are left to figure out the pieces and connect the dots.  His images explore the everyday and suburbia, poking fun and revealing a slightly sinister underbelly. 

An older man, dressed in ill fitting office wear poses in front of a wall wearing an elaborately decorated ‘Happy New Year!’ hat and holding a balloon creature in his hands. In another photograph an eerily empty subdivision stands with perfectly manicured driveways and in another a piece of exercise equipment has been posed neatly on a beige bedspread.

The settings for each photograph are recognisable – the office party, the house across the street, the bike accident. These are all parts of an experience we can share and relate to but there is also a sense that perhaps everything is not right and maybe we have chosen to forget the other parts of those scenes. Such as the legs of a woman sticking out from underneath a Christmas tree or the man dressed in motorcycle leathers standing aggressively as if about to start walking towards you.

There is something both comforting and unsettling about the home and suburbia which is detailed cleverly in his photographs. Perhaps it is that fond memories of the home can be clouded by feelings of suffocation, of being a teenager and feeling trapped, wanting to escape your family unit and become your own person.  

Whatever the reasons may be, Heath's images leave you wondering long after you leave them. And maybe after some time you will be able to link them together and make your own beginning, middle and end.

- Talia Smith

The Fall

The Fall

I Love You

I Love You

Whisper Cove

Whisper Cove

Happy New year

Happy New year

Bullworker

Bullworker

Reception

Reception

Easton Park Parade

Easton Park Parade

Idol

Idol

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.

Tim J. Veling - The weather was ideal

NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY CURATED BY
CHRISTINE MCFETRIDGE AND TALIA SMITH

 THX 4 THE MEMORIES Exhibition

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

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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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