Project: Rundown Town

This project has been several months in the making. I’ve always found old and abandoned buildings fascinating – they tell a story and change the whole environment of the place they’re in. Driving through my small hometown and the surrounding villages earlier this year I noticed a lot of closed shops and dilapidated buildings which had either once thrived or been taken over by numerous owners again and again, only to fail. It made me wonder about the state of the small town in New Zealand, and if it can survive.

Located under an hour’s drive from Auckland City, the Helensville-Kaipara area has been experiencing enormous population growth over the last few years. Why are shops closing when more and more people are moving into rural West Auckland? Has the city expanded so much now that it’s simply easier to drive a few extra minutes to a shopping centre? Do small towns need to be built up in order to survive, thus losing their ‘smallness’? What can be done to preserve the small town in New Zealand whilst ensuring it prospers?

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Project: All Bi Myself

My friend and fellow University of Auckland student Elana Tkatch asked if I would be one of the set photographers for the web series she was producing as part of her Masters of Screen Production. The series, All Bi Myself, follows Mia, a young woman who comes out as bisexual after being in a committed heterosexual relationship for many years. Mia must deal with her religion and family as she learns to accept her sexuality in the 21st century.

I was set photographer for a day’s shoot inside the “dungeon” of Auckland’s infamous Family Bar on K Road. Photographing was tricky as the lighting was dim and completely artificial, and not helped by the fact that we had a smoke machine going. I was also unable to use my flash due to interfering with the filming. Being a part of this shoot for a day was an awesome experience which I would happily do again. The series will be showing later this year, so for more info head over to the Facebook page.