Archive for the ‘Exhibitions’ Category

Over the weekend of 20/21 Feb the Auckland Begonia Circle hosted their annual festival, displaying hundreds of beautiful blooms and plants. This enthusiastic group of amateur gardeners proudly displayed their blooms and shared their knowledge with the many visitors that visited and viewed the show. This annual event always ends with an auction, selling off many plants at bargain prices!

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Waiheke Museum, life as it was….but has anything really changed?

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Commemorating 100 years since the landings at Gallipoli, this mornings dawn service at the Auckland Museum was a moving event attended by 1000’s. All over New Zealand (and Australia) there are memorials paying homage to the fallen and those that continue to protect our shores.

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I recently walked the Harbour View Sculpture Trail and saw a diverse and interesting array of sculptures. This one was my favourite. It’s called Line Dancing and is accompanied with a quietly playing babbling water and wind singing through the lines…just magic.

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My daughter and friend put on an amazing impromptu fire poi display at her Christmas party.To see the video please visit Christmas Fire Poi Dancers from susannz on Vimeo.

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An excerpt from my Gradshow presentation:

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Body of Work-Part 2

Sue Wiggins

Nothing is more hateful to me than photography sugarcoated
with gimmicks, poses and false effects. Therefore, let me speak
the truth in all honesty about our age and the people of our age.

                                                            August Sander 1927

Body of Work is a series of nudes unaltered by digital postproduction processes.  As a comment on the body shame and anxiety that has developed as a result of the Western world’s engineered photograph, I have returned to the mechanics of photographic film, shot on a large format camera. My act of taking a photograph has slowed down enabling a rapport to develop between the subject and photographer and allowing subtle influences to come through and be genuinely thought provoking. This portrait series is a study in black and white, with a theme and documentary style which references the photographic work of August Sander. The subjects wait quietly, their poses unaffected with a self-possession that radiates in their bearing and expressions.

 The images in Polaroids Untouched were part of an exploration into image making with processes that removes the opportunity for post-production manipulation. Still working with the large format camera, these images were taken on expired Polaroid 5×4 film. They are self-portraits and portray the results of incorrect processing due to the aged film; the imagery, like the film, is not perfect but is still beautiful in their own right. They are displayed in light-boxes, enabling the viewer to look upon them as ‘positive negatives’ in their unmanipulated state.

 These images speak from the very essence of my project.

 

Class of 2013

Class of 2013