Maori gods’ photos in 3-D
View like no other
A photographic exhibition at Pataka presents Maori gods as you have never seen them before, thanks largely to a technique that will have viewers rocking left and right on their feet.
Norm Heke is an established photographer, who has featured extensively in numerous publications and exhibitions.
For the past 20 years he has been an imaging specialist at Te Papa.
In four of the five works displayed at Pataka in OMG: Maori Gods in the 21st Century, Heke uses lenticular flip effect technology, where one image is layered over another.
Viewed at different angles, the scenes appear to ‘‘ flip’’ back and forth, similar to the current All Black Weetbix cards.
Heke used work colleagues and friends as models in a studio, mining the thousands of images at his disposal to create the backgrounds.
The large-scale photographs show off his own passion for Maori gods and how they may look in a modern context.
‘‘I saw a billboard using this technology earlier this year and had the idea for this exhibition. It was a gamble but I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out – you’re always reflecting on your past and moving forward and I wanted to take that a step further with this lenticular method.’’
The images of Hinetitama, Tane, Tumatauenga and Maui, along with a 3-D shot of Papatuanuku, are affecting – Heke says the woman who is photographed as Hinetitama (goddess of the underworld) cried when she saw the photograph. Her moko was done by Mark Kopua, who is based in Titahi Bay.
Heke hopes to take the exhibition elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas, and his next challenge is to produce more 3-D photography.
‘‘This is an exciting starting point for me.’’
The exhibition runs until November 27.
Moving images: Two of the images that have been combined – depicting Maui and his brothers in a historical and modern context – for Norm Heke’s Pataka show OMG: Maori gods in the 21st Century.