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An excerpt from my Gradshow presentation:


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.

Studio work has been hung and visual diaries and all written work submitted – yeah!!

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I know it’s been awhile since I have visited my blog…no excuses…just been really busy!
Last Saturday I had the privilege of attending a good friends first boxing match. I have never witnessed an event like this before, so it was a first in so many ways. Although my friend lost in a points decision, he gave 100% of himself, and I’m pleased I was able to capture some of the moments for him.

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This powerpoint was sent to me in an email….but I wanted to share it with as many as I could. The images are just beautiful, and very emotive as well.
The world is messing with the animals environment and we risk losing them forever.

This image is from my latest shoot…she is there but you can’t see her….

It was too good an opportunity to miss…a long weekend (thank you to Queen Elizabeth) so it was off to Waiheke to enjoy some winter sunshine. Auckland looked majestic as we sailed away, so couldn’t resist a photo of the Sky Tower…and I wasn’t the only one admiring the view.

It’s fascinating how much harder I feel I need to look when something is not quite in focus.

The blurry forms demand a closer inspection…are they real??

Are they posing for the camera, or waiting patiently for something??

This image on the left is a negative from my past. The young man with his dog is my brother-in-law, relaxing at the beach with his mum & future wife behind him. I have been trying to figure out how old this image is….I think it’s about 45 years old!! Wow!!

So, I think it deserved some care & restoration work to return it to it’s true potential.

This is all new to me, but I have enjoyed using tools that I have been taught, but have not used in a big way….how fabulous when it all finally  comes together!

Tomorrow I will print the finished image…that will be the big test! Have I done a good enough job of retouching??

While looking for inspiration within my past works, I came across this image from last year. It is one of my favourites.

The way the body struggles to keep it’s presence in a world that is pushing by…..