Monthly Archives: February 2014

Touch Compass Dance Company photographic exhibition

A little exhibition is currently showcased in the Auckland Council Albert-Eden Service Centre featuring photographs of Touch Compass Dance Company as an example of a “local arts company”. The exhibition is on from 7-28 th March and curated by Raewyn Whyte and Linda Ashley. Five of the photographs exhibited are photographs taken by me over the course of four years with this one being my favorite of the five.

 Touch Compass Dance Company photographic exhibition

Spring (2012). Catherine Chappell, choreographer. The dancers say that dancing with the bungy offers them “dream movement” that lets them soar and swoop andmove in subtle new ways.
Dancers: Matt Gibbons, Sarah Houbolt, AlishaMcLennan, Adrian Smith. Photographer: Kathrin Simon
More of my Touch Compass Dance photographs on their website here

Centennial A & P show in Broadwood, Northern Hokianga

Was up in Northland again last weekend (think my bubble-car will find it’s way up there without me soon…) to capture the centennial A & P show for the Northern Hokianga – Broadwood community. Had been asked several months ago and am very glad I was able to keep my promise. It was a stunner of a day and just beautiful to watch the love and dedication that went into all the different activities. Full house – super success – everyone happy. Loved it but was also a bit (happily) knackered afterwards…zooming around trying to capture it all was great fun but also a calorie burning exercise…hope my images will help memorizing this precious 100th superb event and support the community going forward…

Here a few random impressions..…I can only post a tiny fraction on this blog – all photographs of the day will go to Ngaire Morey in Broadwood

….indoor treasures…the judging and admiring

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…really liked the aqua jars – very beautiful and cool!

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loved watching the shearing frenzy…

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but boy…also had a very big heart for those sheep…and their funky new skinny look!!

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cattle and dairy section…

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he (?) MUST be the winner??!!

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who is the boss…??

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and beautiful faces everywhere

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…a little visual poem….

Have been very quiet – that’s a good sign I think. BUT now I feel like quickly sharing something. Spent 12 days up North in the beautiful Hokianga for a creative project I dreamt of doing for a long time. I went onto this trip without any expectations or idea what will or could happen. OMG…..what happened from Day 1 onwards felt like a blessing. I had the most extraordinary time, met amazing people and places and traveled to remote areas I never thought I’d ever visit. So beautiful and inspiring. My bubble-car was absolutely fearless and took me everywhere….it carries the dust of so many gravel roads and I ain’t gonna wash it!!!!

Working on the footage and lots of thoughts, dreams and ideas are bubbling. Bear with me. Below a photo of the trip which gently shows what I did. To me it is like a little visual poem.  You have to peel back layers, let them breathe and put them together again in a different way to see and hear the meaning. Easy poem tho…

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 ...a little visual poem....