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Stewart Island

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These are some more images from my archive I recently got around to scanning.

These were shot on a trip to Stewart Island, the island at the southern most end of New Zealand.

The trip was an arduous one. We took one of the lesser travelled tracks and the climate and conditions, even in the middle of summer, were challenging.

Stewart Island is an extraordinary place and it is difficult to describe; the remote, rugged and rain soaked landscape has an almost plaintive beauty.

The abandoned Magic Kingdom

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This place was actually called the Magic Kingdom… I visited it recently with a friend of mine who had told me about it.

I love the idea of ruins, even ones as recent as these.

Stu Willis - Port Macquarie?

Jez - Not much ‘magic’ happening here for kids anymore… Cool place!!!

admin - It is in the lovely City of Fairfield, near Chipping Norton… which isn’t really near anything…

A sense of place

I was recently asked by Canon to come up with a brief for a competition they run and then judge the results.

The brief I came up with is titled “A sense of place”. The title is partly a reference to one of my favourite New Zealand photographers Robin Morrison but it is also at the heart of what I think makes great landscape photographs. (I use the word landscape loosely here – to me a landscape image is simply one that is primarily about a location).

The aim of the brief is to create an image that has a sense of place. To me a sense of place is what connects you to an image, it evokes an emotion or feeling. We commonly see images that are pretty, even beautiful, yet they lack substance. Behind a veneer they are empty.

With my work I am constantly looking to create this connection. The connection is normally a very personal thing and often intangible.

As part of the brief I had to submit an image of my own. I chose one from this series I shot while back in New Zealand.

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