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D-Photo No 93 December 2019-January 2020

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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IN MEMORY OF HARVEY BENGE 1944–2019 This issue I have the sad duty of saying goodbye to one of Aotearoa’s photography greats. On 7 October 2019, photographer Harvey Benge died peacefully at the age of 75, surrounded by his children. Harvey was one of the most prolific photographers I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, having published more than 60 photo books since beginning in 1993. As you might well imagine, such a feat requires a prodigious amount of creative energy. Luckily, that is something Harvey never seemed short on. If you’ve ever been on the streets of central Auckland — or Paris, the other city he called home — there’s a fair chance that you might have seen Harvey wandering the same streets with his omnipresent camera at the ready. He had…

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photo news desk

MIDDLE-EARTH SCOOPS PRINT AWARD The rugged South Island, once inspiration for Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings, is now inspiration for the best art book in an international print awards programme. Middlehurst | Middle-Earth by Australian landscape photographer Peter Eastway has won the James H. Mayes Jr. Memorial ‘Best of Show’ Award in the international 2019 Premier Print Awards programme. The large-format book, self-published via Momento Pro, presents Eastway’s beautiful landscape images of remote Middlehurst Station in the South Island’s pristine high country, shot with 100-megapixel Phase One cameras. You can view more from the 2019 Premier Print Awards at printing.org. OLYMPUS MID-LEVEL REFRESH Olympus’s latest enthusiast-level Micro Four Thirds camera inherits pro features from previous OM-D models, including dust-proof and splash-proof construction. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III packs class-leading auto function, five-axis image stabilization, and…

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your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine SIMON APPERLEY sapperley7 sapperley.com This beautiful capture was shot in Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park, Fiji, as part of a series in which Simon explores the use of space and the simple lines found in nature. “This particular day was extremely windy, with sand travelling along the already moulded corrugated floor,” he says. The horizon of subtly textured sand nicely balances the gentle tones of the cloudy sky. A quiet, intriguing scene captured with skill. Nice one, Simon. SYLVIA WILKINS /sylvs_pics Sylvia shot this handsome African grey parrot at Auckland Zoo, but don’t go thinking it was an easy feat just because the bird was in captivity. A mesh enclosure obscured the image from many angles, and the barrier for visitors was a fair distance, too, but Sylvia eventually found the perfect vantage. “A little trick I have found…

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that shot: maea

THE IDEA Disney’s Dream Big, Princess campaign is an international project that encourages young females to enter creative industries with the bravery and determination of a Disney protagonist. From her previous work with indigenous subjects, Jacki had a firm idea of how she would approach the assignment. “Having worked with children on the East Coast before, I knew they were passionate about their cultural identity and loved to ride horses at the beach,” she explains, “I wanted to combine traditional dress with Maea on her horse, representing culture and strength.” This is one of several shots that Jacki produced for the campaign, all of which focus on strong young wahine with big dreams and clear leadership potential. Other local photographers who have participated include Qiane Matata-Sipu, Imogen Wilson, and Soldiers Rd studio. The exhibition…

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part of all

As the human species is increasingly forced to grapple with the effects that we have had on the planet that supports us, more and more people are coming to realize how disconnected from the natural world they have become. However, as the great (albeit fictional) mathematician Dr Ian Malcolm once said: “Life finds a way.” We are never truly divorced from nature; we just need the eyes — and patience — to see. Making people stop to wonder at the intricate natural ecosystem in which we are enfolded is one of the driving purposes of photographer Denise Batchelor. Her fastidious imagery pulls viewers from the turbulent daily grind and urges them to stop, and be still, calm, and present; to meditate on the patterns on a bird’s wing, the rugged lattice…

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Twenty-three-year-old Somalian photographic artist Saynab Muse moved to New Zealand with her family in 1998 when she was three years old. After a long civil war, which began in 1991, Somalia was no longer safe and the family arrived as refugees in Auckland, seeking a calmer place and better livelihood and educational opportunities. According to a 2017 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) report, “More than two million Somalis are currently displaced by a conflict that has lasted over two decades, and an estimated 1.5 million people are internally displaced in Somalia.” Muse, who is deaf and studies with the help of a sign language interpreter, is currently in her third year of a Bachelor of Creative Enterprise at Unitec, with a focus on photography. Her first photo book Imaanshaha,…