DIAMONDS & RUST EXHIBITION

Tonight was opening night of the much anticipated ‘Diamonds & Rust’ exhibition at EscVelocity, where amazing and beautiful art occupied an equally amazing and creative space. Walls and floors were filled by two artists; NIKO THOMSEN (wrought iron sculpture) and MELINA MARTIN (printmaker). Using two very different mediums and styles, their work was brought together seamlessly by earthy tones and New Zealand’s spectacular native birds, flora and fauna. I loved...

THE WARD FAMILY

It was so amazing to cross paths with this incredible lady and hear her story. I knew her family were going to be special and I could not wait to meet and photograph them all… especially since they were not into posed family portraits either! “We’re not normal” she says. “PERFECT!” I replied. So on a warm spring evening, we headed out together to a Sunshine Coast beach. Very lucky...

NIKON WORLD PHOTO DAY

Today in celebration of World Photo Day, Nikon New Zealand held events across the country for #IAMNEWZEALAND. Here in Greytown, Nikon New Zealand Ambassador Esther Bunning opened up her beautiful studio and shared her creative techniques with a community of eager passionate photographers. It was a fantastic day of creative exploration and artistry as Esther encouraged us to use and experiment with a huge box of props to shoot through,...

CROSS CREEK, RIMUTAKA CYCLE TRAIL

We hiked up the Rimutaka Incline Trail to explore Cross Creek Station for the first time today. I’ve been wanting to come here ever since visiting the FEATHERSTON LOCOMOTIVE MUSEUM where we watched ‘The Incline’, a historical documentary on the gruelling operation of the Rimutaka Hill Train. Cross Creek existed solely for the operational requirements of the Incline and a small settlement was established near by for the staff. The...

CAMPBELL KNEALE EXHIBITION, ESCVELOCITY

I missed the Opening Night of Campbell Kneale’s Exhibition of “What I Do Is Secret”. It’s the second showcase at ESCVELOCITY’s Featherston Gallery and if the first was anything to go by, there would have been another big crowd in attendance to support community and local art. When I visited the following week the gallery was void of visitors. Sometimes I really like to take in art like this, by myself,...

MILO THE LAMB

Meet Milo, the newest member of our family. Seven days new and in need of a little extra care. Loving her speckled black features on her face and feet, and her super wooly coat. She is so cute and loves people; taking a special liking to the boys. A friendship that is clearly mutual. Just another amazing farming experience of rural New Zealand. Grateful....

WORLD CAMERA DAY 2017

On a freezing cold and foggy World Camera Day morning, Lucy COOPS HOOPS and I hit the back roads of Greytown in search of wintery sights and scenes. We found and explored the old Wire Shed, abandoned dirt roads and a dewy river bank before returning to town to photograph the main street. Never short of contrasting lines and textures with a thick soupy fog as our backdrop, it was...

WAIRARAPA ART SALE 2017

Tonight was the opening of the WAIRARAPA ART SALE, an exhibition and showcase of more than fifty amazingly talented local artists hosted by the Featherston Community Centre. Included in the 2017 exhibition are a few notable names, like SHEYNE TUFFERY and JAKE WALKER, as well as lots of artists showing in the public arena for the very first time. I’ve be fortunate enough to be involved with the art install this year. It was such a great...

FOOTBALL FIRSTS

Today was his first soccer practice. We arrived early and he wore with pride his Hawkesbury Valley Rugby Club jersey, a gift from our friends in Sydney. I had to remind him it wasn’t like the Hurricanes game he’s watched live a week earlier, that he couldn’t just pick up the ball and run it in his hands. This was a feet only game! “Alright alright alright” he says. More players arrived, including...