Wellington based street photographer, Gabrielle McKone has recently published  her first photo book, containing  a selection of photographs sourced from her long running daily visual diary.

As Gabrielle explains, “Every day since August 2007 I have recorded what I have seen. I am attracted to the eccentric and to the ordinary. I am also interested in the small things that we sometimes miss and discard, and I like to give them a new life. Fifty seven of my favourite images have been gathered together and published in a book called Catch My Eye.”

Visit here to listen to her interview on Radio NZ’s – Arts on Sunday programme and here to view additional images from Gabrielle’s publication.

Book details: Catch My Eye
Photographs/text: Gabrielle McKone www.gabriellemckone.com
Publisher/distributor: Karaka Books, P.O. Box 15-149, Wellington 6022
Designer: Donna Cross www.threeeyes.co.nz
Printer: Printlink, Wellington
Offset printed, casebound & stitched
ISBN 978-0-473-20894-3

This publication is available for purchase from Unity Books (Auckland/Wellington) and Photospace Gallery (Wellington). Or you can email Gabrielle McKone.

Reviews so far received include this by Gregory O’Brien (recipient of 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement)

“I love the pairing of the images–the black-trousered gents on Lambton Quay peering across the page to where wetsuited legs protrude from a stationwagon… the roundness of an ice-cream across from a triangular sandcastle/tower… I approve of the lightness and whimsy (which are very different things, I hasten to add, from being lightweight and flippant). The figure in black watering the back wheel of his Morris 1100 strikes me as a classic NZ ‘gardening’ photo…The lurching gorilla…Favourite images: well, the bird taking off in the final photograph strikes me as a truly great, inexplicable image… The pavlova going down the road…the hand above the hamster…

There’s a joyfulness in the taking of the photos and this surfaces in the pictures themselves, even when they’re a little melancholy and dour (as life tends to be). Most street photos I come across (and it’s a genre I love, needless to say) tend to be a little existentially under the weather…narratives of entrapment. While some of your pictures are troubling (the plastic child across from the resuscitation dummy), there always seems to be more than enough oxygen to go around. Effervescence, even, aplenty. Look, the boat floats!”

Read a further book review on Beattie’s Book Blog


Editor’s note: Gabrielle McKone’s images are also featured in our  latest MoMento (issue 12) – Wellington Streets (alongside photographs by Lester Blair and Julian Ward, and essays by Des Brough). To receive this issue and other membership publications/benefits check out how to join PhotoForum here.

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