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We were lucky enough to talk to award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Am­ber Grif­fin about her dance photography port­fo­lio, her up­com­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at the NZIPP In­fo­cus Welling­ton con­fer­ence, and how she started her photography ca­reer

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We talk to award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Am­ber Grif­fin about her dance photography port­fo­lio, her up­com­ing pre­sen­ta­tion at the NZIPP In­fo­cus Welling­ton con­fer­ence, and how she started her photography ca­reer

Many peo­ple who are mere hours away from work­ing on a huge dance event, pho­tograph­ing hun­dreds of dancers from all over Aus­trala­sia, and pro­duc­ing tens of thou­sands of im­ages to process, would spend those last pre­cious mo­ments pan­ick­ing, per­haps ward­ing off all dis­trac­tions that might pre­vent them from get­ting into the zone. Award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher Am­ber Grif­fin, how­ever, man­aged to find a spot of time to talk to us about her work, while prep­ping for the five-day dance event in Welling­ton.

“For as long as I can re­mem­ber, I have been an image-maker. Grow­ing up, I was al­ways en­cour­aged to cre­ate — in­ces­sant colour­ing- in be­came draw­ing, then draw­ing be­came paint­ing — but it wasn’t un­til univer­sity that I dis­cov­ered the magic of a pho­to­graphic dark­room,” Am­ber ex­plains. “Photography was never of­fered as a sub­ject at my high school, mean­ing that I learned the foun­da­tions of colour, light, and com­po­si­tional bal­ance through both paint­ing and sculp­ture prac­tices.

ALAYNA NG, ART­WORK FROM The First Col­lec­tion

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