It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another year of fine imagery, thoughtful comments, and general all round support and wonderfulness.
Capturing objects in motion, with either high shutter speeds, freezing action as it happens, or slow speeds, creating movement with artistic blurs, often brings unexpected results.
We'd like you to have a go, and because it's been a long time since we had a competition on here, we'll give away a copy of this fantastic book Tell You What, edited by PA luminary Jolisa Gracewood, and Susanna Andrew at AUP, for the shot which best captures movement.
Entries close Wednesday 17th December. Prize will hopefully reach the lucky winner by Christmas.
Jakob playing at Galatos to launch their new album 'Sines', on Friday November 14 2014. They are playing dates in Australia at the end of this month and will play at Laneway in Auckland on January 26 2015. The shots below are of Jeff Boyle on guitar and Maurice Beckett on bass. Unfortunately, due to the lack of any lights on the back of the stage, I was unable to get any clear shots of their amazing drummer, Jason Johnston.
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