Still images cap­ti­vate artist

Central Leader - - NEWS - By ALAS­TAIR LYNN

A sim­ple click is all it can take to cre­ate an artis­tic master­piece.

How­ever photography as an art form is not as easy as it sounds and for vis­ual artist Stephanie O’Con­nor the process has been ‘‘quite a thrill’’.

‘‘It’s a means to an end and it’s the one I en­joy the most,’’ she says.

O’Con­nor has been putting the fi­nal touches on her ex­hi­bi­tion for the Auck­land Photography Fes­ti­val.

The city-wide fes­ti­val show­cases some photography from New Zealand and around the world.

O’Con­nor’s ex­hi­bi­tion Re­lease the Hounds opened at the Pah Homestead on May 21.

The process has taken 18 months to com­plete but ‘‘it’s great to fi­nally see it in fruition’’, the Grey Lynn res­i­dent says.

Put thoughts of ca­nines out of your mind – in fact the ex­hi­bi­tion is full of hu­man faces.

It show­cases 14 por­traits of women aimed at ac­cen­tu­at­ing fa­cial ‘‘flaws’’.

O’Con­nor wanted to chal­lenge what peo­ple have come to ex­pect from the photo re­touch­ing process.

‘‘I’m us­ing [re­touch­ing] in a dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity. Some­one’s eyes might be en­hanced so they look sub­tly dif­fer­ent.’’

Photography is a way of life for the 29-year-old. Her par­ents run a suc­cess­ful vis­ual me­dia busi­ness.

‘‘My mum was

al­ways vis­ually en­gaged,’’ O’Con­nor says.

‘‘She was very inspiring be­cause she found it so ex­cit­ing.

‘‘It’s more the im­age­mak­ing I en­joy. For a long time I re­sisted call­ing my­self a pho­tog­ra­pher.

‘‘I love still im­age more than any­thing. I feel like there’s so much more to ex­plore,’’ she says.

The Auck­land Photography Fes­ti­val runs from May 28 to June 20.

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