Last night at Galatos, over three levels, and starting on time at 7pm (meaning I missed the first band Little Bark while eating my ramen), the Going Global Showcase was like putting your favourite contemporary New Zealand music playlist on the stereo, and wallowing in the vibe.
Before running out of steam, I managed to catch Jesse Sheehan, Kaitlin Riegel, Arthur Ahbez, Anthonie Tonnan and band, Ha The Unclear, Race Banyon, and She's So Rad. Then home and in bed by 10.30pm!
Hanging out with Russell and Jimmy, and bumping into all the usual suspects, it was pretty much the perfect night out.
Most people know Angus McNaughton for his work in music -- player, producer, remixer, ace mastering engineer -- but he trained first as a photographer
As a skilled darkroom film and print technician in Christchurch in the late 1980s, he explored traditional photography ideas and techniques, mostly black and white methodologies, but also printing Cibachrome.
Music took over in 1991 and he has since notched up more than 100 credits, from work with the Headless Chickens to his own releases. But the visual spark was never lost, and in recent years Angus has re-established his photography practice.
Most of Angus’ works have a similar quiet but intensely atmospheric mood and sense of space about them. Especially his current night photography, where he pulls us into the rich depth resonating from his subjects sitting exterior.
Angus's work is displayed this evening at Art Ache, from 5pm-8pm at Golden Dawn in Ponsonby, Auckland. The event is a relaxed affair and six artists will be present along with their work. There will be work for sale, so you may want to bring cash.
Other artists present at Art Ache this evening are:
Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come, gentle spring
Come at winter's end
Gone is the pallow
From a promise that's nature's gift
Waiting for the colour of spring*
In as much as we have traditions round here, it seemed we couldn't let spring go by unheralded. Eden gardens and the Wintergarden are always reliable places to kick spring off in the rain.
Onlookers would have had a good chuckle as I tried to coordinate the camera, tripod, flash and umbrella.
Don't know about the rest of you, but we could sure do with some colourful distractions from all the murkiness round here.
*Talk Talk - April 5th
Capture is pleased to present a selection of the work of Tia Huia Ranginui, a photographic artist from Whanganui.
"'Te Arai' (The Veil) is a series of photographs of my daughter on our journey home from the Coromandel peninsula.
Our journey took us through the rolling hills of the Waikato, past the Waikune prison, the Ratana Church, our marae and finally to the waters of the Whanganui River.
There was very little effort or thought involved,what arose was a natural unison of elements and child"
Come closer and see
See into the trees*
We waited, patiently, for winter to arrive, thinking how mild it was, and wondering what everyone south of Hamilton would say about the flanellette sheets coming out before it even got into single figures.
Winter coming seems less certain than it once was up here, and if we have more than two weeks between the balmy late autumn jonquils flowering on the drive, and the first lambs at Ambury park, we will be asking questions.
Welcome to Auckland. We don't do cold.
One of my favourite sights in winter is the ever changing trees around the city. Once the leaves have all shaken loose, they cut the sky into greys or blues, all filigree and shadow.
How are the trees in your neck of the... woods?
*The Cure - A Forest