Art of the artist’s eye

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Derek Pater­son has old tech­nol­ogy but a mod­ern eye for land­scapes.

The Plim­mer­ton res­i­dent, well­known in the Porirua com­mu­nity for his or­gan­i­sa­tion of Porirua Grand Tra­verse un­til a few years ago, turned his eye to pho­tog­ra­phy about 15 years ago.

He says he loves wait­ing for the magic time be­fore dawn and just prior to dusk, when the light makes for stun­ning shots.

His pho­tog­ra­phy is ‘‘old school’’ us­ing film with a 25-year-old Lin­hot Tech­no­rama, bought in Ger­many.

‘‘You can achieve fan­tas­tic pho­tos on any sort of cam­era, I think peo­ple get too hung up on tech­nol­ogy. What is im­por­tant is in­vest­ing time and re­search, get­ting the right time of day.

‘‘I’ve taken a month to get one photo be­fore.’’

The former jour­nal­ist and pub­lisher is join­ing artists Fleur Ruth, Mag­gie Ha­zle­wood and Alan Hod­getts in an ex­hi­bi­tion that kicks off this week in the Bot­tle Creek Gallery.

‘‘I have had solo ex­hi­bi­tions in Chile, where my wife and I have been for four years, but this is the first time here.

‘‘I’m thrilled, Pataka is such an amaz­ing gallery and I’m sure we [four artists] will com­ple­ment each other. I would love peo­ple to have an emo­tional re­ac­tion to my pho­to­graphs, that’s what it’s about – get­ting that re­sponse and con­nec­tion.’’

The four artists will be in the gallery on March 3 to dis­cuss their work. The ex­hi­bi­tion runs un­til March 17.

Old school: Pho­tog­ra­pher Derek Pater­son

says ‘‘some­times

the best cam­era is the

one in your hand’’ and that

light and com­po­si­tion are more vi­tal than the lat­est

tech­nol­ogy.

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