The recent Auckland Festival of Photography featured an exhibition entitled `The Lie of the Land`. This was at the Circle Gallery in Newmarket. Organised by AIPA, the exhibition was a visual survey of New Zealand`s native, rural and urban environments featuring imagery created by leading professional photographers from around the country. I had selected one image for this exhibition entitled `Apartment Views`. This was an image I had recently taken whilst undertaking a commercial assignment from the top of an Auckland tower block which enabled a square level view of the apartment balconies. This image can be purchased as an open edition print in either A2 or A3 sizes from the AIPA website fotopia.nz
Once again I had the pleasure of photographing the rehearsals of The Santa Claus Show by Tim Bray Productions. This show is becoming something of a tradition in its own right as this year it’s the 14th production. Santa was played by the regular stalwart Tim Raby who puts his all into making this play something special for the young audience.
It seems no time since I photographed the 2014 production, it has been a busy year and I thank all my clients for their support during the year. I look forward to working with you again in 2016.
Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. Take care.
The Channel Magazine, a monthly publication for the North Shore of Auckland, covering news, views, events and people has once again featured one of my client’s on the front cover. The photograph of the main cast for the latest Tim Bray Production – Grandma McGarvey with Grandpa’s Slippers is from my publicity shoot where I spent a morning with the cast and crew putting together a selection of images for their publicity and promotion.
Established 24 years ago, Tim Bray Productions is recognised as Auckland’s leading theatre for children creating world-class theatre for children most often based on New Zealand literature. Tim believes live theatre is a way to engage children with literature, and to encourage reading. His shows are supported by an ever-growing fan base, being enjoyed by more than 20,000 people a year. Tim Bray produces four shows a year, housed in the quaint and picturesque setting of The PumpHouse Theatre, Takapuna. The timing of the shows is based around the school holiday.
Tim Bray also provides opportunities for children and young people to further engage and become involved in theatre through his Youth Theatre, Theatre Workshops and providing Q&A sessions with the casts and crews.
For more on Tim Bray Productions see his website Tim Bray Productions
At the weekend, I was working at the first rugby match where I did not have to shoot any of the action of the field. Instead I was photographing the behind the scenes action for Sky Television and their start of the new season coverage of 1st XV Rugby. Sky Sport has pumped up its College Rugby coverage with a new show, a new host and more games. Erin Simpson, the former What Now, Sticky TV and The Erin Simpson Show host joins the Rugby Channel’s 1ST XV coverage on match days and will front Land Rover 1ST XV Revision, which takes a behind-the-scenes look at schoolboy rugby, the players that have kicked on to bigger things and highlights of every match.
It was a refreshing change not having to concentrate on the match itself, but watch and photograph Erin as she rehearsed and prepared for the live broadcast, interviewing the team captains and player of the match plus making the necessary introductions for the commentary team.
Auckland, one of the first cities to welcome in the new year, celebrated with the traditional fireworks extravaganza from the Sky Tower, the southern hemisphere’s tallest man-made structure. At midnight on New Year’s Eve, a famous eight minute firework display setting the skyline alight signalled the start of 2015.
This year I had been asked by Getty Images to cover the firework display. With the weather forecast not too promising with the prospect of rain and bad weather, I decided that a close vantage point was necessary. The surrounding cityscape would be missing but I had a better chance of capturing the fireworks should the rain arrive. So having checked the likely wind direction I found a good vantage point clear of obstruction in Victoria Street West. I arrived early to set up and to make sure of a parking space nearby to provide additional protection from the forecast of rain. As midnight approached , the sky was cloudy but no sign of the threatening rainclouds. A group of spectators joined me, assuming that I must have a good vantage point and on the dot of midnight the fireworks began their eight minute display. I shot several exposures all in manual mode with a shutter speed of around 5 seconds or so. Eight minutes passes quickly when shooting like this. As soon as the display was over and as the nearby crowd were wishing each other a happy new year I was back in the car and downloading the images to my laptop, preparing them for immediate dispatch to the Getty Images picture desk. Whilst Auckland may not have the biggest or best display it being the first usually guarantees worldwide usage. This year proved no exception, within minutes my images were appearing on the BBC, NBC, The Daily Telegraph and many major newspapers and news websites around the world.
Thanks for taking the time to visit my website and have a happy new year.
Jacobs Ladder Bridge is a covered footbridge over State Highway 1 in Auckland, New Zealand. Officially opened on the 15th of December 2012 after a delay with cracks appearing in the panels. The bridge connects Westhaven Marina to the Jacob’s Ladder stairs leading up to the Saint Marys Bay suburb. The bridge is 102m long, 3.7m wide, and 6.2m above the motorway. The bridge cost $7.9 million and is clad in a golden-coloured mesh network reminiscent of Maori fishing nets or fish traps, developed by artist Lisa Reihana.
The Design Statement by the architects Warren and Mahoney states “Te To Bridge is conceived as a metaphorical Waka landed on Auckland’s historical foreshore, enabling a connection from the land to sea. The technology employed, its low profile and large scale; the texture and details; the tukutuku pattern and dawn colours demonstrate the care with which this bridge has been designed and built – reminiscent of the importance and craftsmanship of Waka and boat-building, both historically and today.”
It is also described as the gateway to Auckland from the north. So thinking it worthy of capturing, one evening I spent an hour or so photographing the bridge as the sunset. More of the pictures I took are here.
Julie Andrews is an Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress and singer famous for her roles in The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins. Dame Julie has been performing since she was seven years old. It has been nearly 50 years since she shot to fame as the title character in Mary Poppins.
The Oscar winner, who travels with her own tea bags and is an enthusiastic “rugger” fan, puts the success of the film down to “qualities of joy and love and family”. Starting on the stage, Dame Julie made her debut on Broadway at just 19 and before long was playing the part of Eliza Dolittle in My Fair Lady.
From Mary Poppins, her first major film success, she went on to star in The Sound of Music, Thoroughly Modern Millie and Star. More recently Dame Julie has appeared in The Princess Diaries and done voice acting for films like Shrek and Despicable Me.
I had the opportunity to photograph Julie Andrews when she made a short visit to Auckland.
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, adapted by Tim Bray with songs by Christine White and directed by Amanda Rees. An enduring favourite of boys and girls around the world. The irrepressible Pippi Longstocking has flaming red ponytails and lives all by herself in Villekulla Cottage. Imagine, no grown-ups! Join Pippi, and her friends, Tommy and Annika, as she outsmarts the bullies, has fun with her monkey, Mr Nelson, and is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King. A topsy-turvy world of fun and hi-jinks.