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D-Photo No 79 August-September 2017

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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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2 min.

PIXELS TO THE PEOPLE … I was at the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Infocus conference last month when I overheard Simon Devitt say, “Everyone’s a photographer; it’s a very democratic sport”. I’m not one for labels — well, unless they’re inscribed on my camera gear — but, upon pondering the thought for the few days following, I figure they’re probably right. Taking photos is no longer reserved for just the well-to-do few — it’s now everyone’s domain. Cameras are built into the screens of each of our devices, while the dedicated technology is screaming past the 50MP barrier and is more affordable than ever. Correspondingly, it’s the age of social media and insta-overload, and millions of pictures are being uploaded every minute. Photography has become a visual cacophony, and…

4 min.
your shots

Each issue, we show off a selection of our readers’ images and the stories behind them. Use the hashtag #nzdphoto across Facebook or Instagram for a chance to be featured. /dphotonz /D-Photo Magazine EARL COOK NIKON D3100, NIKON AF-S DX NIKKOR 55–200MM 1.4–5.6G LENS, 180MM, F/8, 1/800S, ISO 100 Earl had been trying for this shot for a while and already had his location planned — the summit of Mount Albert. After rushing up the short track to the summit, he found the city completely obscured by fog, so quickly located another vantage point, which provided a higher outlook. Using a tripod with its centre column up high, Earl had a clear view of the city — but wouldn’t for long. Employing a cable release to prevent any camera shake, he swiftly focused and captured…

8 min.
place and the human trace

Simon Devitt teaches photography to wouldbe architects at The University of Auckland. In the course of his career, he has experienced a phenomenon that all educators eventually come to know: moments when the student becomes the teacher. During one class, Devitt had a student, who was just coming to grips with the potential of the art form, comment that the world of photography is bigger than the world itself. “He’s absolutely right,” the photographer exclaims. “As soon as you pick up a camera, the world gets 10 times bigger, and you go, holy shit! What do I choose? What do I leave out?” These are questions that Devitt has been wrestling with himself, ever since his world was first enlarged by photography at the age of four or five. While most children…

6 min.
when art imitates art

Wood takes clear inspiration from history in much of his work. Whether via homage to a historical figure or his own take on a mythological idea, the artist has frequently used the past as a foundation for his own creations. Wood’s portrait isn’t just a nod to the artist’s own distinct style; it references an ongoing discussion of the details of Frida Kahlo’s life, which have come to light decades after her death. If you’ve been reading D-Photo for a while or have had even a cursory interest in New Zealand photography in recent years, you are likely to be familiar with the work of Richard Wood. The Hastingsbased photographer was recently named New Zealand Photographer of the Year, and not for the first time — it is an accolade the New…

11 min.

Amateur and enthusiast photographers from all around the country have gathered their best images and submitted them to the expert judgement of our panel of industry leaders — Brett Stanley, Charles Howells, Katherine Williams, Kaye Davis, Mark Gee, Michael Miller, Richard Wood, Peter Robertson, and Simon Devitt. For several years, the Sigma Amateur Photographer of the Year has been the country’s largest amateur photography contest and certainly the most popular online gallery of its kind. Each year, the quantity of entries increases, and so, too, the calibre of images improves. 2017’s contest received a record 9337 submissions across the 11 categories, many of which prove that advanced photographic technologies and techniques, such as focus stacking, aerial imaging, and timelapse, are no longer reserved for the pros. In this year’s winning imagery, we…

7 min.
the mentawai in monochrome

The Mentawai people, indigenous to an archipelago of islands in Indonesia’s West Sumatra province, cut visually striking figures. Their slight bodies are tough and leathery from self-sufficiently working the land, clothed in handmade cloths and with intricate line-work tattoos traced over sinewy musculature. They’re often bedecked with ornate handcrafted headpieces and jewellery, while some chisel their teeth to sharpened points in the name of beauty. It is not hard to see how this singular culture, almost untouched by the modern world, captured the fascination of Auckland-based photographer Guy Needham. Looking in on a different culture can hold a strong allure, especially for photographers. Differences in aesthetics, ritual, and routine, and expressions of identity often present a beguiling tapestry for the visually fixated. But it’s also a scenario rife with cultural snares…