D-Photo No 86 October-November 2018

D-Photo is New Zealand’s No.1 digital photography magazine helping Kiwis get to grips with their cameras and use them more creatively. By providing quality how-to features, product reviews, and inspirational pictures, the magazine gives its loyal and ever-increasing subscriber base the information and confidence they need to embrace digital camera technology and make photography a part of their everyday lives. Enjoy the stunning work from talented New Zealand photographers and see the New Zealand landscape and people in a way no one else can in each and every issue.

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1 min.
ian rotherham

Contributing writer, photographer Working in the photographic industry since 1988, Ian has had a long and storied career. He has worked as a portrait, wedding, fashion, creative, and documentary photographer in his time, and currently holds a position as senior photography lecturer at Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning (UCOL) tertiary institution. He enjoys passing on his love of photography to the next generation, but years of formal academic research left the photographer itching to get his hands dirty with some personal work. So he came up with the idea of challenging himself to create a portrait every week for 100 weeks straight. In this issue, Ian shares a few of the tricks that he used to make sure that he kept his portraits as dynamic and different as possible without blowing his…

3 min.
your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine MANDY HAGUE Birds are a favourite subject of Mandy Hague’s, in particular, dead ones. While she mostly photographs live birds, it’s not until you get up close that you see the finer details. “I’m always amazed by the beauty in the detail of feathers, feet, and such,” says Mandy. This ruru, or morepork, was killed when it flew into a windowpane of Awakeri School in Whakatane. Mandy was particularly taken by the whisker-like feathers around its beak, one of the ruru’s many amazing adaptations that help it survive as a bird of prey. These feathers have a similar function to a cat’s whiskers in helping them to navigate their surroundings. A short depth of field isolates the whiskers against a backdrop of soft-focused feathers, providing a unique perspective of our native…

7 min.
beyond gold

This year, Taranaki photographer Tony Carter was crowned New Zealand Photographer of the Year for the sixth time. Having topped the New Zealand Institute of Photography’s (NZIPP) Iris Professional Photography Awards yet again, you might imagine that his excitement for the win would be starting to wane. But you would be wrong. The photographer first took the grand title in 2000 with pre-digital work, shooting film in medium format and printing on traditional fibre photo paper. Jump forward a few years and Tony had fully embraced digital photography, becoming New Zealand’s first professional photographer to scoop major awards with digital composite images. “That was a challenge, learning new skills and producing work that was more in my mind’s eye,” Tony recalls. “There’s always a new challenge to give yourself. A lot of…

6 min.
creative conscience

Nando Azevedo is on a mission to change the way people see the world. In doing so, he is also having a great impact on how people see themselves. His recent exhibition, created with the Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC), shone a light on former refugees and asylum seekers who have made New Zealand their home. Attended by more than 2500 people who viewed the work as part of the 2018 Auckland Festival of Photography, The Resettlement Portraits celebrated strength and resilience, while opening dialogue for understanding and healing. “I have been working with the coalition since 2015 and wanted to create a body of work that introduced the New Zealand audience to these communities. They are from about 20 different cultural backgrounds,” says Azevedo. “A lot of refugees and asylum seekers…

8 min.
call of the wild

To reinvigorate the creative energies, it is sometimes necessary to get out of one’s comfort zone. That might mean working with new equipment, going somewhere different, or wearing a brightly patterned shirt. Or, if you are photographer Esther Bunning, it might mean travelling to some of the country’s most rugged, isolated terrain to put yourself in the path of wild, roaming horses. As one of Aotearoa’s prominent portrait artists, Bunning has established a career in dreamy, soulful portraiture that moves playfully between the real and unreal. Having built up a healthy host of clients, projects, and awards over the years (most recently winning the prize for Portrait in Camera Mastery at this year’s New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography [NZIPP] Iris Professional Photography Awards), the veteran photographer began to feel her…

5 min.

You may bury my body down by the highway side I don’t care where you bury my body when I’m dead and gone You may bury my body down by the highway side So my old evil spirit can take the Greyhound bus and ride — Robert Johnson, Me and the Devil Blues There is a time between what once was and what comes next; a period of transformation, between ending and beginning. It might be a profound experience, such as the threshold between childhood and adulthood, or simply in-between places, like elevators or airport lobbies. Scholars have coined the term ‘liminal space’ to describe these instances, and for most people they are confusing, discomforting experiences to be minimized or avoided. Not for artist Fiona Pardington, though. She seeks out the liminal…