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Pocket Edition

by Nora Leggs

Here's the challenge.  Take one tiny thing, drop it into a scene,  see what you can make of it.   

I started playing with one Tiny Cat,  mucking around with different sets and scenes for it.  The cluster of oyster shells, the chive flower on a lacquered table,  the boggle set.  Then out and about, the museum, the art gallery,  the hothouse, cafes.   

It wasn't as easy as I thought it might be.  That cat is much tinier than He/She might look, so getting the right part of the cat in focus was a bovver.   Some settings worked better than others too.   Setting it up with other tiny animals didn't work all that well,  until I got hold of a second Tiny Cat.

Look for elevated sites for placing your Tiny Thing,  unless like me, you can cope with funny looks from passersby as you lie on the footpath peering into the camera at ground level.

My 'rule' was that the Tiny Cat had to be able to sit by itself on it's prop,  no Blu-Tak, no gum.  So I stuck with indoor shots on windy days, and outdoors on calm days.

Using such a small subject becomes very absorbing,  you really have to get right down there with it.   It was a perfect activity for escaping from weightier matters.  The most important thing?  These made me laugh.

Give it a go.  Post what you got.  


Bard & Band

by Jonathan Ganley

On their first Auckland visit since 2011, David Kilgour and The Heavy 8s brought Sam Hunt along to play songs from their latest collaboration, 'The 9th'. David Kilgour has written some words about the album here. There's also an interview with Sam Hunt here on Mysterion Art Factory, and another on Radio New Zealand's Music 101.  

The photos were taken at the Kings Arms Tavern, Auckland on Saturday 27 June 2015.


Lucky Stars

by Jonathan Ganley

Don McGlashan and band (guitarist Tom Rodwell and drummer Chris O’Connor) performing the opening night of the 'Lucky Stars' album tour at Hopetoun Alpha in Auckland, on June 11 2015.

The tour continues throughout New Zealand this weekend and across the following three weekends until July 4. Details are here. Expect to hear a first set of the 'Lucky Stars' album in full, followed by a second set of Don's solo / Front Lawn / Muttonbirds material.


Auckland Festival of Photography 2015

by Jackson Perry

The Auckland Festival of Photography runs 28 May - 20 June. If you have picked up the festival book, you'll be wondering how you could possibly see it all within the allotted time period. There is A LOT on.

We're very grateful to the organisers for giving us some photos to share, relating to one of the main events, Whitecliffe Festival Tuesday. 

This is held over one night on Tuesday 2nd June at 10 different venues. There are "Complimentary Whitecliffe Festival vans" to ferry you between venues, running every 20 minutes.

Beyond this hyperactive one off event, I suggest you pick up the programme (link to online ISSUU version), and carve out some serious photography appreciation time.


April Come She Will

by Jackson Perry

Over the month of April I've started a number of threads, but not quite found the time or inspiration to reach a critical mass.

Looking back though, it was a fairly packed month, as we ease our way into autumn.

So here's some floor sweepings from the month that was.

Black is Back

Using a dense black background for still life photography work can intensify the subject dramatically.

As Jos commented elsewhere, "the light, and only the light".

In these three photos I used a variety of light sources, including a torch as backlight, my phone, and bright sunlight with the backdrop in the shade.

As the days get shorter, and the light more eclectic, this could be a good autumn project. Have a go if you feel the urge to go out of the blue, and into the black (cough).

Hometown Habits

After thirty years in Auckland, you would think I'd have started referring to it as my 'hometown' by now, but without thinking or blinking, I still say 'Whakatane'. This includes Ohope beach, and even though I only actually spent a third of my 46 years in the Bay of Plenty, it remains uppermost in my mind as a place to call home.

A recent visit there to see Jos and walk on the beach reminded me how true this still is.

Apart from the family connections, friends, and other things that tie me to the place, it occurred to me that the nostalgia part is often associated with a series of firsts.

It is where I got my first job (thanks Jos), my first stitches, my first vinyl record, my first skateboard, my first kiss... well, that was apparently when I was 4 in Opotiki, but we don't count that one.

Where is your wākāinga?

St. James Theatre is Back

Thinking it was opening for business this morning, we ventured into the foyer coffee lounge, due to welcome customers from tomorrow morning (I'm reliably informed) at The St. James Theatre. We were given a special tour, and grabbed a few shots.

A number of the PA regulars will also be going to A Weird Night Out next Saturday at the St. James, which should be a hoot. More photos after the event.

Feel free to share your own April meanderings.

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