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All aboard please, photographs by Grant Maiden, Wellington, New Zealand.

Thankfully no interstellar travel or MIQ was required for the shoot I did for this interactive NZ Festival Show created by Kip Chapman and Brad Knewstubb which is on now and getting great reviews.

The five talented actors beamed back to a studio in Wellington where I photographed them in a range of poses and various lighting set ups. It was a good opportunity, and fun, to use some creative lighting techniques that you generally don’t use on a lot of commercial work.

Calder Marshall comped the images together in the final image below and other images like the one you can currently see outside Te Papa.

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outside Te Papa

It’s always fascinating to photograph scientists and to get a glimpse into the work that they undertake. These two shoots for Te Herenga Waka Victoria Universities magazine were no different.

The first is Dr Farah Lamiable-Ouladi and her team from Victoria Universities Ferrier Research Institute who are studying Krabbe Disease, ‘a devastating neurogenerative disorder that causes death within the first two years of life’.

And the second is for a story about the universities support of Maori and Pasifika students in STEM subjects (Science,Technology,Engineering,Mathematics)- featuring physics post grad students Tane Butler and Gabriel Bioletti .

No better place for a shoot of talented film composers (Plan 9 -aka David Donaldson, Janet Roddick and Steve Roche) than an unused swimming pool, church and a really nice studio filled with interesting looking instruments.

This shoot was for their new album entitled ‘The Bewilderness’ and available on Spotify and Bandcamp.

Wonderful to see this book I worked on throughout last year, ‘Ngā Kete Mātauranga’ launched this week and in bookstores now.

From Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland to Waihōpai/ Invercargill I travelled around Aotearoa and photographed twenty four Māori academics in locations that had a personal connection for each of them. It was a highly enjoyable project to work on and great to meet and photograph so many people with considerable mana and knowledge.

Professor Juliet A. Gerrard, the Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor describes the book thus: ‘These deeply personal stories provide a portal into the te ao Māori world, which many outside it seek to understand, but struggle to find a frame in which to do so. The abstract concept of decolonising the tertiary workforce is brought to life and given meaning by these kōrero of strength, where the authors display courage and vision from within an environment so often hostile to Indigenous ways of knowing’.

The book is edited by Jacinta Ruru and Linda Waimare Nikora and published by Otago University Press with the assistance of the Royal Society Te Apārangi and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga New Zealand’s Māori Centre of Research Excellence.

A couple of fun days photographing down in Christchurh at several Kāinga Ora homes for people with disabilities. Myself and Sarah from Insight Design met some lovely residents as well as the absolutely wonderful and caring staff members as they went about their day.

What seems like a lifetime ago already, in December and January we traveled around Namibia camping and exploring. What an amazing place.

Trapped in lock down now at home, it has left me longing for that absolute sense of freedom we had over there and the wide open spaces.

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Generally as a photographer blur is not your friend, but there are cases where it can be helpful, for instance in this shoot I did with Victoria University, Insight Creative and their refreshed ‘Know Your Mind’ campaign.

The large image is of the ‘Guide to Undergraduate Study”, and the idea was to capture friendly students enjoying all the energy and buzziness (is that a word?!) that Wellington has to offer. To achieve this warm and inviting mood we chose to shoot at twilight to get those buses blurring and capture the golden streetlights and electric blue sky above.

The other images we shot in studio and were of a range of individual students for use on billboards, buses, bus stops and web use.

 

 

We partnered with Apollo Campervans in the July school holidays and travelled around the South Island in one of their campervans mixing some freedom camping with campground stays.

It was the middle of winter but the weather came to the party and we were rewarded with crispy blue skies and vast horizons (and not too many other tourists!)

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