Time-lapse chal­lenger

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Stun­ning day-in-the-life vi­su­als of 10 New Zealand lo­ca­tions are on show in an ex­hi­bi­tion at Silo Park.

Artist Joseph Michael used time-lapse pho­tog­ra­phy to bring to life amaz­ing land­scapes and starscapes from around the coun­try in four-minute looped videos, each pre­sented in ul­tra high def­i­ni­tion.

De­scribed as the ‘‘king of time-lapse’’ by Pho­tog­ra­phy Monthly UK, Mr Michael says the project is one of the most de­mand­ing he has ever un­der­taken.

‘‘In terms of my skill as an artist and film maker, it re­ally pushed me be­yond what I thought was ca­pa­ble.

‘‘It also placed ex­treme de­mands on both me phys­i­cally, and my gear.’’

Mr Michael and his crew trav­elled the length of the coun­try to cap­ture the land­scapes.

It in­volved hik­ing to find the best van­tage points while lug­ging a mas­sive amount of gear.

His tough­est shoot was a solo ex­pe­di­tion into the Matuk­i­tuki Val­ley be­hind Wanaka, where he car­ried 25 kilo­grams of cam­era gear in a tough day-long trek, some­times scal­ing near ver­ti­cal cliffs to reach the shoot lo­ca­tion.

The shoot he’s most proud of is a snow-storm cap­tured in Fiord­land, which came at the end of five ar­du­ous days film­ing in the rain and only af­ter the lo­cal ranger shared his food so Mr Michael and his crew could ex­tend their stay.

‘‘We made it work and it’s one of my favourite shots in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

‘‘You can lit­er­ally see a snow­storm blan­ket­ing the val­ley then melt­ing away the next day. The re­sults are breath­tak­ing.’’

The ex­hi­bi­tion called Dark Cloud/White Light is on un­til Fe­bru­ary 26 at Silo 6 Gallery, Silo Park, cor­ner of Beau­mont and Jellicoe streets, Auck­land city.

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