INNOVATION IN AV
The Tauranga Photographic Society holds an international competition to encourage and acknowledge the photographers working in the art of the audio-visual. We find out about the Tauranga Audio-Visual Salon, as well as the club’s upcoming audio-visual work
One of the photography scene’s lesser-known genres is steadily growing in profile, as evidenced in the high bar set by both international and local artists in the latest round of a locally hosted photography salon dedicated to the art of the audio-visual (AV). An AV combines still photography, audio components, and motion techniques in aid of telling a cohesive story. Each year, the Tauranga Photographic Society holds an international competition to encourage and acknowledge the photographers working in the form. Entries into the 2017 edition of the Tauranga Audio-Visual Salon were a step up in quality from last year’s batch, said club member Trish McAuslan, pointing out the large number of entries that only just missed out on awards this year. “We thoroughly enjoyed the creativity and diversity of ideas of many of the audiovisuals in this year’s competition,” she says. “The skill of storytelling with well-taken still images, and maybe a little video, is continuing to develop.” This was clearly illustrated by this year’s Champion Audio-Visual, Red Wrens of Caba, by Australian photographer Sally Hinton. The presentation, which also took out the newly introduced World of Nature category, explores the precarious lives of red-backed fairy wrens in their fragile Cabarita Beach environment. “One of the outstanding features of Sally’s sequence was the quality of the production,” explains McAuslan. “She supported the story with excellent still photography and short video sequences, backed by an audio track, which included appropriate music, sounds, and narration.” Hinton also took out the Documentary category with an emotive look at Hiroshima’s groundzero remembrance, the Peace Memorial Park. Marcel Batist of the Netherlands won the Theme category with a greenhouse-focused presentation, and South African Luana Laubscher celebrated women in her piece Lalena, to take the Music, Poetry, and Song category. The Novice Award is a category established to grow participation by local artists in the AV field, open only to New Zealanders who have not previously had an entry successfully accepted into the competition. This year, that honour went to Jane Mackay of the North Shore Photographic Society. “Jane took blue as her theme to take us on a visual journey through Venice,” McAuslan says. “Her photos took us from the gondolas on the main island to the glassworks in Murano and the coloured houses of Burano.” To further encourage work in the form, the Tauranga Photographic Society will be holding a workshop to demystify both the creative and technical aspects of producing an AV. The workshop will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, August 5, just ahead of the salon’s presentation at the Tauranga Arts and Crafts Centre — for details, head online to taurangaphoto.org.nz. The presentation event is worth a look for any interested photographers, as it is likely to be the last time many of the international entries will be viewable to a local audience. “It is this international involvement that gives us the opportunity to see what the top AV workers in other countries are producing, which, in turn, encourages us to continue to develop our own skills,” says McAuslan.
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