James K Lowe

9 – 24 June 2012 (9am-5pm daily)
Opens Sat 9 June 6pm
Aotea Centre, Queen Street, Auckland Central
ph 09 307 7055


Image: The Channel by James K Lowe

Information on this year’s commission:

‘2012 is the second year of the Auckland Festival of Photography’s Annual Commission – the sole public commission of photographic art by a fine arts photographer in New Zealand.

The Commission provides an opportunity to support and promote an Auckland photographic talent as well as creating an important cultural and artistic asset for present and future Auckland audiences to enjoy.

This year’s commissioned artist is James K Lowe, a 23-year-old graduate from Elam School of Fine Arts. James is relatively new to the art of photography, having begun experimenting while at Elam, but already he demonstrates ….‘  Read the full HERE

Source: Auckland Festival of Photography

Related links:
www.jamesklowe.com
Elam School of Fine Arts, Auckland

John B. Turner: ‘An Eye on the Universe’, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

John B. Turner: ‘An Eye on the Universe’, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

West Auckland’s Lopdell House Gallery, at Titirangi, was well and truly buzzing at the opening of six photography exhibitions on Thursday 28 May. Their downstairs gallery showed ‘An Eye on the Universe’, originated by the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, in association with the Southland Museum & Art Gallery. Sadly, none of the 32 works, all by amateur astronomers/photographers, as far as I can tell, are for sale. Many of the images are remarkable and all are engaging. Thanks are due to Lopdell House staff for making sure this fine exhibition could be seen in Auckland.   

 

 

John B. Turner: Ross T Smith at ‘Linger’,  Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

John B. Turner: Ross T Smith at ‘Linger’, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

‘Linger’, an exhibition of new black & white pinhole photographs by North Auckland’s Ross T. Smith, added to the joy of viewing things that we can’t really see with the naked eye. These intriguing, moody small prints of landscape and natural objects perfectly complemented the pictures of the night sky, and also the enticing glow emanating from Glenys Ng’s show in an adjacent room, which reminded me of seeing Auckland city’s night aura from the Bombay Hills on a dark night, before the city makes it’s appearance. The very “light pollution” astronomers try to avoid, and photographers, like Smith, in this body of work seems to have emulated.   

 

 

John B. Turner: Glenys Ng, at her ‘Back’ exhibition, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

John B. Turner: Glenys Ng, at her ‘Back’ exhibition, Lopdell House Gallery, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

Glenys Ng’s ‘Back’—six large prints of the backs of family snapshots, showing their maker’s comments, and/or chemist-shop printer’s rubber stamps —were superbly presented under special, exactly framed lighting, in a darkened room, giving them a magical glow, rather uncanny glow. They appeared to be backlit, or projected images, until one stood close to cast a shadow. Lesley Smith, Director of Lopdell House Gallery, said that the special lights had only just arrived in time for this exhibition. (Apart from occasionally seeing them used overseas, the last time I saw that magical precision lighting was at Bryan Skinner’s superb but ill-fated Spaces gallery, in Auckland, in 1982, when they showed Anne Noble’s ‘Wanganui’ essay, and a fine exhibition by Peter Peryer.)

John B. Turner: Jennifer & Alex Tomlin, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi,  28 May 2009

John B. Turner: Jennifer & Alex Tomlin, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

Upstairs at the Lopdell, which was even more crowded when I arrived, there was an exhibition of intriguing pinhole photographs by Janis Mysliwiec, Jennifer Tomlin and Neil Finlay, three local photographers, and a group show, ‘Light in Motion,’ by Hamish Blackie, Donelle Fairall, Phil Platt, and Eva Polak, who also seem to be locals. There was so much to see and so little time that I’m keen to return for a more relaxed absorption of the huge variety of images animating the gallery. On first impression, surrounded by so many fine photographs, a display of historical Waitakere scenes in an upstairs corridor seemed out of place because the quality of the copy prints was so indifferent. (At the opposite end of the copy print spectrum is the magnificent exhibition, ‘Love and Food: The Family Photographs of Bob Row,’ showing at the Corban Estate Arts Centre until 21 June. For those, new prints, which are often even richer than the originals, were lovingly made by Allan McDonald, a photography lecturer at Auckland’s Unitec in Mount Albert, who with Edith Amatuanai, will be exhibiting at Anna Miles Gallery, from 3 June to 4 July 2009.) –John B. Turner.
John B. Turner: ‘Light in Motion’, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

John B. Turner: ‘Light in Motion’, Upstairs Gallery, Lopdell House, Titirangi, 28 May 2009

Anne Noble: Wilhelmena Bay, Antarctica, 2005

Anne Noble: Wilhelmena Bay, Antarctica, 2005'Antarctica' brings together work by Joyce Campbell, Anne Noble, and Connie Samaras on the subject of Antarctica, the most extreme continent on the planet. Artist residencies enabled each of them to photograph and experience firsthand the severe and almost inhuman conditions. Each artist's work approaches the subject with differing yet overlapping frameworks, creating a transcultural dialogue that seeks to de-exoticise a landscape that has been romanticised, idealised, and made epic. On at The Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland, until 20 June.

‘Room Room’ explores the idea of reflection; firstly, in the act of mirroring, mimicking reality through inversion; and secondly, in the notion of interiority. Shelton’s photographs explore the complex history of the Salvation Army’s former Rotoroa Island Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Centre. Referencing the 18th century Claude glass, the artist presents a new set of spaces for contemplation, investigation, and for the archive. ‘Room Room’ was first exhibited at City Gallery Wellington in 2008.

On at The Gus Fisher Gallery, 74 Shortland Street, Auckland, until 20 June. Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 12-4pm. www.gusfishergallery.auckland.ac.nz. Ph. 09-373-7599 ext. 86646.

Ann Shelton: Phoenix block, room #56, 2008, from ‘Room Room’

 

 

John Miller wins a research grant

September 8th, 2007

John has recently won the Pacific Media Centre “journalist-in-residence” fellowship grant.

John will be using the grant to research the Ngatihine forestry land legal dispute of the 1970s. Keep an eye on this blog for updates by John over the course of the fellowship.

Grant for young photographers

September 7th, 2007

The Ronald Woolf Memorial Trust is currently calling for applications for their yearly grant. The purpose of the grant is ‘To further the interest in photography as an art in young people.’ … an admirable purpose indeed! (By young people they mean up to the age of thirty.)

The best source of infomation I can find is here

Alternatively you can just email the the trustees at woolf.images@xtra.co.nz