Adrian Hatwell, reviews Ans Westra’s publication Our Future: Nga Tau ki Muri in the current issue of D-Photo magazine (issue 55, Aug – Sept 2013). Below are extracts from his article.

‘This latest project from one of New Zealand’s most acclaimed photographers may come as a jolt to those familiar with her work. And that’s precisely the intention; Nga Tau ki Muri is a cry from one of the most esteemed observers of our culture to acknowledge the damaging changes being inflicted upon the landscape.’

‘Though shot with her trusty medium-format Rollieflex, these images do not have the inquisitive spirit of an outsider looking in sympathetically that has largely characterised Westra’s past work. This is the act of looking, through an overtly political lens, and pointing to the ugliness in our culture that we have now imprinted on our surrounds.

Adrian Hatwell
www.dphoto.co.nz

Note: Background information on this publication can be found in our earlier article.

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