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Fishhead Magazine Street Characters Feature

These images were shot a few months ago for an article on Wellington’s popular ‘street characters’.

Wellington Street Characters

Beat box king, King Homeboy on Cuba Street, Wellington. King Homeboy – roughly translated as “to donate mana” and “my area” – uses his beat-boxing skills to act as a voice of the people. Having been beat-boxing for 13 years, King Homeboy competed in the beat-boxing world championships to 2012 and funded his trip to Berlin by raising $5000 through social networks in twenty days.

Wellington Street Characters

Wellington Street Characters

Wellington Street Characters

The Political Busker, aka Benjamin Easton outside the Eagle Technology Building on Victoria Street, which houses the offices of the Ministry of Justice. Ben’s role as the Political Busker is to fight apathy and by challenging the institutions of the crown, he hopes to prove that it’s a vessel of injustice and hopefully provide a remedy.

Wellington Street Characters Wellington Street Characters

Wellington Street Characters

Edward Harcourt is a self-taught magician who started out performing magic tricks in Portland, Oregon in the US seven years ago. Doing something he loves, Edward works hard to cultivate himself as a street entertainer: “the real magic is the laughter” he says.

Wellington Street Characters

Wellington Street Characters

For a total of 43 years, this man (who did not wish to be named) has dedicated himself to spreading the word of God, and is a popular face on Wellington’s Lambton Quay.

Wellington Street Characters

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Fishhead Magazine Bureaucrats Feature Blended Images

I’ve been a bit quite on the blog front over the past few weeks. I have been shooting more freelance work for the magazine but as the magazine is not published yet, I cannot post these pics on the blog as yet. I  will also be posting a few more landscape photographs of Wellington’s South Coast (fingers crossed, hopefully this weekend) once I have gotten around to editing them. Sadly my laptop is old and very very slow and struggles to run Photoshop at the best of times. I think you can judge the age of a laptop by its uniform thickness. Mine is a good inch and a half think all the way through, baby. So it’s pretty old! Hopefully in the coming weeks I should be able to afford a laptop upgrade (woohoo!).

In the mean time I have been doggedly pursuing Photoshop tutorials (as and when the laptop allows),  so I thought  I would finally learn how to blend together the images from the Fishhead feature on Bureaucrats and their Hobbies. See the blended images for that assignment below:

 

Twenty-four-year-old Bailey McCormack poses for a portrait in the office where she works as a media broadcast monitor. McCormack, who studied theater and politics and Victoria University, adopts her burlesque persona, Fanciforia Foxglove, when she gives performances at the likes of Carousel Cabaret and Dr Sketchy, at Mighty Mighty.

ACC Insurance Risk manager Shelly Wilton is chairperson of the Richter City Roller Derby league and plays for Wellington-based team, Comic Slams under the pseudonym, Heidi Contagious.

Director of The Office of Ethnic Affairs at the Ministry for Internal Affairs, Mervin Singham, masquerade’s as an expressionist, abstract painter during his spare time.

 

 

 

 


Fishhead Magazine Wellington Homelessness Feature

 

Back in July I was commissioned to take portraits of social workers for some of Wellington’s leading NGO’s working  in the field of homelessness and mental health. I was given three days to photograph five people. You may think three days is a long time, but when you combine it with a full-time job, five portraits can be a tight squeeze to arrange in three days! Especially if you don’t want all of your portraits shot at night. Luckily it provided the opportunity to test my new camera’s low light capability by shooting most of the shots in available light. Coupled with a 50mm 1.4 lens, I think the camera did quite an amazing job. The majority of these shots were completed in 20 minutes, having squeezed them in either before or after work, or during my lunch hour.

Manager of the Wellington Night Shelter, Mike Leon, chats to a guest outside the night shelter on Taranaki Street, Wellington. Mike has worked for the shelter for over 17 years and says working with the homeless is an expression of his faith and personality.

Mike displays one of the small cubicles where a night shelter guest will sleep.

Acting chief executive of Wellink Trust, a mental health charity based in Wellington. Shaun has been working in the field of mental health for 25 years and immigrated to Wellington from Scotland for this specific job.

Echo Brooke-White is a volunteer and chairperson of Catacombs social centre on Manners Street, Wellington. Catacombs provides refreshments and a place to relax and stay warm for Wellington’s marginalised communities.

Philippa Meachen, manager of the Compassion Centre Soup Kitchen on Wellington’s Tory Street, poses for a portrait in the waiting room while guest’s wait for breakfast to be served.

Director of Downtown Community Ministry, Stephanie McIntyre.


Fishhead Magazine Bureaucrats Feature

Here is some more work I have recently done for the local, Wellington based magazine Fishhead. Sadly I haven’t had much time lately to work on my own projects but hopefully that’ll be changing very soon. Starting in a few weeks in fact, with a road-trip around New Zealand’s South Island.

This work was commissioned towards the end of May. The article was based around the idea that many people who work mundane and tedious office jobs (bureaucrats), have interesting hobbies or persona’s outside of their working life. The brief was to photograph the chosen subjects in their place of work (sadly this wasn’t possible for all of them as organisational politics got in the way), wearing both their normal working attire, and clothing and props which would be representative of their outside interests. The images would then be split vertically down the middle and blended using Photoshop to produce a composite half-and-half image.

I had never attempted any shots like this before, and after mulling over the technical aspects and logistics of creating these images, I decided to also include a “rescue” shot, just in-case the split composites, for whatever reason, could not be blended to produce a pleasing and convincing image. For the blended split composite photos, the subject had to position his or herself in the exact same position. This is something that masking tape under the shoes and the camera view screen helped to solve. Things I failed to consider however, were the difference in reflectivity of the two different changes of clothing; the subject or subjects relatives moving items which are in the shot between takes; changes of shoes/roller-skates having a large height difference (this was partially solved by using small Lego blocks under the heel!).

The rescue shots involved photographing the subject in their two different outfits, in different positions in the same scene. This is pretty straight forward to do assuming you don’t accidentally knock the tripod.

First up we have the lovely and talented, Bailey McCormack. By day an employee at an unnameable media monitoring firm, by night, the foxy Fanciforia Foxglove, burlesque performer. Have to admit, Bailey was cool to work with and I hope to do some more shoots with her in the future.

Twenty-four-year-old Bailey McCormack poses for a portrait in the office where she works as a media broadcast monitor. McCormack, who studied theatre and politics and Victoria University, adopts her burlesque persona, Fanciforia Foxglove, when she gives performances at the likes of Carousel Cabaret and Dr Sketchy, at Mighty Mighty.

Believe it or not, Bailey had to hold her breath for the full 3 hours that these photographs took. That corset was pretty darn tight.Bailey has to hold her breath fr the full 3 hours that this took. That corset is pretty damn tight. I felt her pain!

Here are Bailey’s photographs which were used to produce the split composite image. Sadly my Photoshop skills do not stretch that far, so the image blending and final editing was completed by the magazine’s designer. Here’s a scan of the blended shot which appeared in the magazine.

Hopefully you get the idea. Below are the split composite images of Bailey, some of which became the image for the magazine cover.

Here is the blended split composite images of Bailey.

Next we have Shelly Wilton who works as a manager at ACC during the week, and plays for Wellington Richter City Roller Derby team Comic Slams, as persona Heidi Contagious at the weekend. This was shot at Shelly’s home as I was not given permission to photograph at her office.

ACC Insurance Risk manager Shelly Wilton is chairperson of the Richter City Roller Derby league and plays for Wellington-based team, Comic Slams.

Here is the blended composite of Shelly.

The final subject is Mervin Signham. Mervin masquerade’s as the Director of The Office of Ethnic Affairs,   but his true passion is expressionist and abstract painting.

Director of The Office of Ethnic Affairs, Mervin Singham, masquerade’s as an expressionist, abstract painter during his spare time.


Fishhead Magazine Creative Couples

Below are recent portraits I produced for a feature on creative couples for the Wellington-based magazine Fishhead.

Film director Robert Sarkies (right), and producer Vicky Pope, pose for a photograph at the Paramount cinema in Wellington.

Film director Robert Sarkies (left), and producer Vicky Pope, pose for a photograph at the Paramount cinema in Wellington.

Film director Robert Sarkies (right), and producer Vicky Pope, pose for a photograph at the Paramount cinema projection room, in Wellington.

Founders of advertising and design firm Luvly, Maggie Mouat (right) and Gavin Bradley relax in their inspirational client tree-house meeting room, at their home on Raumati Beach.

Founders of advertising and design firm Luvly, Maggie Mouat (right) and Gavin Bradley relax in their inspirational client tree-house meeting room, at their home on Raumati Beach.

Founders of advertising and design firm Luvly, Maggie Mouat (right) and Gavin Bradley relax in their inspirational client tree-house meeting room, at their home on Raumati Beach.

Punk band Newtown Rulz guitarists Kirsten Ainsworth (left) and Greta Welson.

Punk band Newtown Rulz guitarists Kirsten Ainsworth (left) and Greta Welson.

Punk band Newtown Rulz guitarists Kirsten Ainsworth (left) and Greta Welson.


Old Bank Arcade

In May, I was commissioned to photograph the Old Bank Arcade for a feature article for Fishhead magazine. This took place over the same two-week period as the Hutt Valley landscapes feature. The aim of the feature was to produce a business profile of the Old Bank Arcade shopping centre on Lambton Quay in Wellington. The most difficult part of this assignment was producing the three portraits of shop managers. Having roughly ten minutes to shoot each portrait, in a confined space, with customers causing interruptions and stumbling over equipment, made this a particularly tricky shoot.

Director of Rixon Groove, Simon Fulton, with a selection of mens shirts and ties.

The Mojo coffee girls hard at work.

This mall ain't big enough for the both of us.

The Mojo coffee girls hard at work.

The interior of the Old Bank Arcade.

Interior of the Old Bank Arcade on Lambton Quay in Wellington.

The Old Bank Arcade on Lambton Quay in Wellington.

Helen Harris of De Spa Chocolatier shows off a selection of chocolates.

Ruby Boutique manager Aimee Ludemann.


Wellington Cup 2011

In January, I was commissioned by Wellington’s Fishhead magazine to photograph the Fashion in the Field event at this years Wellington Cup at Trentham racecourse.  Here is a selection of photos from this event.
A young couple at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.

 

People of all ages enjoy dressing-up at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
Spectators watch the racing from the Stands at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
Spectators watch the Fashion in the Field event from the Stands at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
A spectator poses with a t-shirt logo from the New Zealand film, Boy, at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
L-R: Michelle Kleinsmith, Sara Powell, and Victoria Litchfield at the Fashion in the Field event at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
A runner-up in the Classic Lady of the Carnival, walks the catwalk at the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
A Classic Lady of the Carnival entrant, walks the catwalk at the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
Winner of the Classic Lady of the Carnival, Sally Ann Kerr, reacts to the crowd at the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
A Runner-up in the Classic Lady of the Carnival at the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
Contemporary Lady of the Carnival, 3rd place contestant, Jade Teki, walks the catwalk at the Fashion in the Field events at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
Third place runner up in the Contemporary Lady of the Carnival fashion in the field event, Jade Teki stands on the catwalk in the pouring rain at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
L-R: Leanne Toledo (1st place), Kerry Ford (2nd place) and Jade Teki (3rd place) stand on the catwalk in the pouring rain after competing in the Contemporary Lady of the Carnival Fashion in the Field event at the 2011 Wellington Cup at Trentham race course.
Kane Smith riding Spiro, raises his whip in victory after winning the Century City Wellington Cup race at the 2011 Wellington Cup day.
Kane Smith gives a thumbs-up to photographers after winning the Century City Wellington Cup race at the 2011 Wellington Cup day.
Kane Smith talks to journalists after winning the Century City Wellington Cup race at the 2011 Wellington Cup day.
Kane Smith talks to journalists after winning the Century City Wellington Cup race at the 2011 Wellington Cup day.
Sally Ann Kerr reacts after winning the supreme award for the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
Wellingtonian, Alex frost, comes dressed-up for the Fashion in the Field event at the 2011 Wellington cup.
Second place runner up in the Contemporary Lady of the Carnival fashion in the field event, Kerry Ford stands on the catwalk in the pouring rain at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.
The shoes of the winner, Sally Ann Kerr (centre), and the two runners-up, in the Classic Lady of the Carnival contest at the Fashion in the Field event at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.

 

Spectators stand on the in-field at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.

 

A Contemporary Lady of the Carnival entrant, walks the catwalk at the Fashion in the Field events at the Wellington Cup 2011 at Trentham race course.