It was awesome to be asked to photograph Ngati Hinekura preforming at the Ngati Pikiao Ahurei again having been with them 2 years ago. At the Ahurei this year they paid tribute to those who had fought in wars gone by. Their Kaumatua at the head, organising and coaching. There's always a sense of structure, rules and whanau on their marae Te Waiiti. I am always welcomed. It was fantastic that they won as I know it was an emotional performance for them this year. I had no doubt, when I listened to them sing in practice tears welled in my eyes. You could feel the pride , the aroha, commitment and dedication in their voices. As for the children , oh my gosh, they gave 100% like true professionals. These images are just a snippet of their journey on the day which I am allowed to share with you .
The last two days I have been in a photography workshop with Photographic Artist and Tutor, Sally Mason who teaches workshops in NZ and overseas. Sally is renowned for her impressionist work, telling a story through photography with images and words to capture emotion. We learnt about Wabi Sabi..- the art of imperfect beauty or should I say finding the beauty in things imperfect.. in nature.... accepting the cycle of life, growth, decay and death. Sally, also a member of the NZ Photographic Society enjoys the delights of creative play and the freedom to express yourself through imagery. Photography is not about just taking photos.. its about "seeing" with your heart and your eyes. We were encouraged to widen our vision and understand ourselves on a deeper level.
“We see what we know, until we know how we are, then we see what we feel” Ernst Haas