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What do you love most about your collection? My photo-book collection is small but well-formed. I love the pos­si­bil­ity and po­ten­tial it con­tains. Some books I re­turn to reg­u­larly, oth­ers not a lot. They’re all mag­i­cal in their own way, an im­print of a pho­tog­ra­pher’s soul ex­acted in a book.

What do you love about the light in your home? I love how the carpet, the paint, the wal­nut, the brass, the oiled steel, the cork floor, all ab­sorb more light than they re­flect. It cre­ates a soft­ness and a rich­ness.

What do you en­joy most about where you live? We have a view back to the city that al­lows us to feel away from it but close enough to be con­nected. I love how rested the house makes me feel, it feels re­ally re­laxed, it has a spirit.

If you could do any­thing to your home right now what would you do? I’ve al­ways thought about the back yard we have and how many of Auck­land’s back yards have been filled in. We have a slop­ing sec­tion, like most Ti­ti­rangi prop­er­ties, so I’ve al­ways thought about build­ing a sec­ondary dwelling with a turf roof so that the back yard is still in play and reads like it’s still a back yard.

What do peo­ple say about your home when they visit? The preva­lent com­ments are: ‘It’s so re­lax­ing and set­tled here,’ and ‘I love that you have so many in­ter­est­ing ob­jects and amaz­ing books.’

What do you love most about re­turn­ing home? My ab­so­lute love is the wel­come I get from my part­ner Han­nah and our dogs. I can hear their wag­ging tails tap­ping on the wall from out­side the house (Han­nah doesn’t have a tail)... makes me smile and laugh.

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