Connections - Reflections
The Connections project is a photographic challenge and opportunity for seven keen photographers who have just five weeks to create an exhibition from scratch. They have to connect with the concept, connect with each other, and engage with the city.
This year the theme for the Connections project is ‘reflections’ and each photographer has been working over the last month to uncover insights into this theme. The seven photographers then come together to decide on the images that will be on display as part of the Connections Photography Exhibition on the Queens Wharf fence. This year, they worked brilliantly together to shoot, curate and create an elegiac reflection of the city they love.
The Connections Photography Exhibition will open on the Queens Wharf fence on the southern apron of the wharf on Saturday 20 May.
Daniel has been taking photos for a year and a half. He’s 13 years old, and goes to Rangitoto College. He enjoys taking photos of any kind, especially macro photos, and he’s a member of the North Shore Photographic Society. You can find him on Instagram at @kiwi.camera.
Aby Mathew is from Kerala, India and works as a restaurant duty manager. Photography is his passion and he’s taught himself from magazines, from people and by observation. Macro photography was his first attempt, then landscape and later he started to concentrate on long exposure, street & portrait photography. He uses a Canon 7D MKII with different lenses. His Facebook page can be found by searching: a6mattphotography
Faisal Syed can never think of anything emotive to say about his “passion” for shooting. He shoots because he must. Photographically he considers himself a “jack of all trades, master of none.” He is on Instagram as @fuzzphotography. Useless fact: New Zealand is the fourth continent Faisal has lived on.
Jana Luo started taking photos about four years ago and since then, nothing could stop the fast growing passion of photography inside her body and soul. Photography is a special language that connects and reflects the meanings of the world. She gets inspired by all types of photography but is mainly interested in black and white fine art photography.
Michelle trained as a town planner with a strong focus on urban regeneration. One of the main themes she explores through her photography is the relationship between people and space. Michelle hopes to capture those "decisive moments" that reflect the beauty of spontaneity in everyday life.
Haylea Muir is an Auckland based landscape architect with an interest in photography. Through this hobby she enjoys capturing the character of a place and its people. This interest and her landscape architectural background have drawn her to travel both overseas and throughout New Zealand snapping pictures wherever she goes.
Brett Payne works in the museum sector, where his passions are the preservation of old photos and studying early photographers, their cameras and their pictures. He has travelled widely to satisfy his curiosity about other cultures, and published his first book Finding My Way: Autumn on the Camino Frances in 2016.
Bernadette started taking photography seriously approximately five years ago after completing a diploma in digital film and photography. Since then she has held an exhibition, photographed weddings, maternity, babies, portraits, pets, landscapes and fine art images. She is at her happiest when out in nature; just herself and her camera.