Parkside Media


D-Photo No 88 February-March 2019

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.

Although she has joined the D-Photo editorial pool relatively recently, Qiane has already covered some of our most important stories. In her short tenure, she has interviewed prestigious figures in New Zealand art history, rising artistic iconoclasts, and battling artists with burning social messages. In short, she puts in the real work. This issue, that may be truer than ever, as Qiane brings us an insightful look into the unsettling, uplifting, and just plain urgent work of photographer Megan Bowers-Vette. Megan has travelled throughout the country meeting with survivors of abuse, allowing them to tell their stories and creating breathtaking portraits of these strong, brave, resilient souls (page 28). Here, Qiane gives Megan a chance to tell her own story, and we are all the richer for it. While readers of D-Photo…

4 min.
your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine /j_over_k JOHN KITCHING SONY A7R III, 100MM, 1/500S, F/8, ISO 400 As a surfer, John has a keen eye for a good wave. However, judging by his Instagram account, he spends as much time photographing the waves as he does surfing them. “I love photographing waves — I guess it’s a combination of shooting ones that’d be nice to surf, and just being naturally drawn to the shapes and drama of a breaking wave, especially when it’s backlit by a low sun angle,” he explains. In this image — shot at Ngarunui Beach in Raglan on a surfing trip in late November — John’s focus has shifted to the surfers themselves, using their silhouettes as a compositional element against the surf. John says that he was attracted to the dappled light and the strong contrast…

7 min.
wild at heart

There are many different ways to define success, and, when your work bridges commerce and art, it can be tricky to pin down. Should you happen to scoop the top award in what your peers call the ‘Oscars’ of wildlife photography, though, you can be fairly sure you’re on the right track. Then again, anyone who has encountered the work of Dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten would hardly think otherwise. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, operated by Britain’s Natural History Museum, has run for more than 50 years and is considered to be one of the most prestigious photography contests in the world. Marsel took the crown for 2018 with a stunning portrait of China’s golden snub-nosed monkeys, an image that judge Roz Kidman Cox described as worthy…

5 min.

Content warning: This feature discusses the topic of sexual abuse Photography is a powerful storytelling tool, and, for Megan Bowers-Vette, it has also become a tool for healing, particularly for survivors of sexual violation. Megan’s latest project, titled Us, combines portraiture with the written experiences of 50 New Zealanders living in Ashburton, Wellington, Christchurch, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Auckland, Melbourne, and Brisbane. The project was inspired by her own story, which she posted publicly online in September 2016. Megan felt that, in order for others to trust her with their experiences, she had to be vulnerable too, and share her experience. “I grew up in a situation of sexual abuse,” says Megan. “I also suffered a rape at age nine. It made my entire life and existence very closed and restricted. I found a lot…

6 min.
the idiosyncratic eye

With some 35 countries under her belt, Palmerston North–based photographer Rachael Smith has seen her share of the world. For seven years, she has been honing her eye as a professional photographer, and, with her latest project, she is ready to share her distinct way of seeing with the world. Idiosyncrasy is a collection of images created by Rachael as she travelled the world with her family. While some of the images come from as far afield as Ljubljana, Pompeii, and Austria, all feature subjects that she describes as “everyday” in nature; quotidian views beautifully invigorated through the photographer’s lens. “There’s something about living outside of your common environment and the things you take for granted,” Rachael explains. “You start wanting to explore the new things and capture them; communicate them a…

7 min.
first peoples

The men actually do the majority of the cooking, and they share everything equally. All the food, no matter who catches it, is spread out equally. Millions of years ago, the seed of what would become humanity sprang from the tectonic rift system in the African continent. Over the course of human history, great migrations led us from clustered hunter-gatherer societies to the sprawling reality we now inhabit. Mankind spread and changed, but a miniscule few did not. In the cradle of the East African Rift System still live the Hadzabe people of Tanzania, the closest living relatives of the Stone Age humans who first walked upright out of Africa and then spread throughout the globe. Fewer than 2000 of the Hadzabe people are left living their nomadic lifestyle, almost unchanged for…