Horsing Around

Amazed and honoured to have my photo “Horsing around” selected as the Jury Prize Winner in the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition.

I took this image when I was photographing in Central Otago with my friend.  We were driving along and saw some amazing light in a field with two beautiful horses in the distance.  Of course when we stopped and walked up to the fence they didn’t stay off in the distance where we thought they’d make a great image, they came right up to us to see what we were doing.

With them being so close to the fence I tried to get down low and shoot up so that the fence wasn’t included.  The sky was rather dramatic which helped a lot.  After a while I was happy with the shots that I’d taken so I went to step away.  I turned around to step down the little bank that we were standing on, and at that moment one of the horses decided he hadn’t finished having his photo taken and bit me on my arm!  I’ve never had such a sore arm before!  It started like a red mark but after a day or so was a massive purple and black bruise 😦

I decided then that I wouldn’t ever go near a horse again!  However, after the bruise has gone and now with this lovely award, my feelings have softened towards the horses 😉

Exhibition is on at the Otago Museum until 23rd July.

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Celebrating 125 years

I’ve been working with a few others for the last few months on getting things ready for the 125th anniversary of the Dunedin Photographic Society.  It’s very cool to be part of something that has been around for so long.

The Society started in March 1890 when a small group of enthusiastic photographers got together with the intention of encouraging amateur pictorial photography.  Today, 125 years later, the group is larger and more diverse, but the intent of fostering enthusiastic photographers continues.

As part of the anniversary weekend we organised an exhibition.  It includes a selection of old photos from the Hocken Library and a selection of mini exhibitions from current members.  It was quite hard to chose what to exhibit in my mini collection, but in the end I went with 4 “street” photos.

We also organised a official opening of the exhibition for members, a dinner and a photowalk.  The photowalk included a visit to the old Dunedin Prison (wouldn’t like to have been stuck in there!) and a wander around the Vogel St area.

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Privateering Light

Well that was fun!  We had a great turnout for the Privateering Light closing event yesterday.  This was a photography exhibition that I helped organise as part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival.

Privateering Light came about from a Facebook post that showed the inspirational work of Joe and Tim from the http://www.theshutterpirates.com and their successful “Paper Pirates” photography exhibition. This is a guerilla photography exhibition encouraging participants to: Shoot. Print. Send. Steal. Lead by Warren Millar, a group of Southland Institute of Technology Diploma in Digital Photographystudents thought “we can do that too!” and Privateering Light was born.

As students studying by correspondence, we don’t get to meet other students, nor do a lot of students have an outlet to showcase their work. Privateering Light provides these opportunities and also a chance to interact with other photography enthusiasts.

The 2015 Privateering Light Exhibition was open to everyone with an interest in photography and this year we ended up with photos by 38 photographers from all around New Zealand. The exhibition was on display in the Fringe HQ during the Festival, and we got lots of positive feedback about the images.  We held a closing event when all present got to steal the show and take their favourite photo off the wall and keep it. Lots of fun – I hope we can do it again.

http://www.privateeringlight.com/

Autumn Print Exhibition

Last week was the first of our club’s seasonal exhibitions of the year – the Autumn Print Exhibition. Members are able to enter up to 6 prints in the Open section, and 6 in the Natural History section and the prints are selected to appear in the exhibition on the final meeting in April.  I entered 6 prints in the Open section and was lucky enough to come away with 4 acceptances, 1 honours, and the Champion print award.  A lucky night!

First light beach dashThe Carriers Waipapa Point LighthouseA shared glance

In a rush
Honours
Evening Rush
Champion

Evening Rush

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Evening Rush, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

This print, and three others of mine, are currently on display in the Dunedin Community Art Gallery as part of 44th Dunedin Festival of Photography Exhibition www.dps.org.nz/

The exhibition is free and is open this week 10-4pm, closing at 2pm on Sunday.  I’ll be on the desk Wed 4-6pm and Friday 10-12noon if you want to come and say hi 🙂

Exhibition – 43rd Dunedin Festival of Photography

I had five photos accepted and they are currently on exhibition in the 43rd Dunedin Festival of Photography at the Dunedin Railway station.  I went along yesterday to have a look and there are some great photos on display.  My favourite would have to be the Open Champion print by Glenn Symon – Archways.  I’ve posted my accepted images below and here’s the link to the ODT gallery of the honours images.

If you’re in Dunedin and looking for something to do, the festival exhibition is on in the Otago Art Society’s rooms, on the first floor of the Dunedin Railway Station until January 20th. Hours are 10am to 4pm daily.