KEN DOWNIE

North & South - - Contributors -

Ken Downie’s pho­tog­ra­phy in this is­sue spans an arc of coun­try­side from New Ply­mouth to Raglan. It also cov­ers sub­ject mat­ter rang­ing from gourmet pet food en­trepreneurs ( A Dog’s Dinner, page 58), and the glo­ri­ous gar­dens, arts and cafe life of Taranaki ( Gar­dens of In­ven­tion, page 78), to a 40-year- old cold case, cen­tred in re­mote, rugged farm­land on the King Coun­try coast (see page 42). Although Auck­land-based Downie is of­ten on the road (and of­ten off-road) on North & South as­sign­ments, he says pho­tograph­ing 78-year- old Lind­say Calvert in Waikawau was both gru­elling and re­ward­ing. “Lind­say was de­ter­mined to re­turn to the bluff where his wife’s body was found in 1977,” he says. “While this made for com­pelling photographs, it turned out to be quite a chal­lenge, as it was a painstak­ingly slow climb for Lind­say. The quad bike could only take him part of the way. We tried to talk him out of this ex­pe­di­tion, but he wasn’t hav­ing a bar of it. It was get­ting dark by the time we started our de­scent. I ended up hav­ing to drive the four-wheeler back to the farm­house across muddy, steep ground. I’ve never driven a quad bike be­fore, so it was an ex­cit­ing first les­son!”

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