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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.

During a recent visit to Martinborough, in NZ’s wonderful South Wairarapa, we took the fully escorted Murdoch James Grape to Glass Wine Tour. With accompanying wine tasting we walked the vines, visited the winery, and ended up in the barrel caves .I so recommend this to everyone, from novice to experienced, it is such a fun and informative way to spend an afternoon.

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Now he is introducing his mate...

I now have two kingfishers out my window, squawking all day long. I think they are nesting nearby and this tree is their favourite perch. So lovely…but so noisy!

Make Good Art! This is such an inspiring speech, and so apt for someone about the graduate and make their way in the world of art making. It is 20 minutes long but will worth the time.

Brian Cooney's photography blog.

Thanks to Alan Frost for bringing this to my attention.  Here is a 20 min video of Neil Gaiman, the writer who created the graphic novel The Sandman, sharing his own compelling, inspiring story.

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