Dis­cover a deeper black


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The New Zealand In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (NZIPP) In­fo­cus con­fer­ence is the big­gest week­end in the coun­try’s pho­tog­ra­phy cal­en­dar. This year’s event, held on June 14–19 at Shed 6 on Welling­ton’s wa­ter­front, leaped into gear with an im­pres­sive line-up of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional speak­ers

Cov­er­ing a di­verse range of pho­to­graphic sub­jects, the five-day In­fo­cus con­fer­ence, Iris Awards, and the var­i­ous events that sur­rounded it of­fered ed­u­ca­tion and in­spi­ra­tion in abun­dance — enough to get any pho­tog­ra­pher’s head and heart rac­ing. “This year’s event has been by far the most epic that [the] NZIPP has ever hosted, with our loyal spon­sors sup­port­ing our vi­sion in bring­ing to New Zealand a pho­to­graphic event that was truly world class,” said Kaye Davis, NZIPP hon­ours chair­per­son. “We were able to of­fer en­thu­si­asts, pro­fes­sion­als and the gen­eral public five days of in­spi­ra­tion, ed­u­ca­tion, and bring­ing peo­ple to­gether, through an amaz­ing speaker line-up, work­shops, live shoots, demon­stra­tions, an awards gallery, and a trade show.” Keynote speak­ers Lindsay Adler, Es­ther Bun­ning, Si­mon De­vitt, Lisa Saad, Sharon Thomp­son, and Craig Wet­jen, among oth­ers, dealt with a di­verse range of pho­to­graphic sub­jects through­out. The 2016 In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year, Lisa Saad, took at­ten­dees on an emo­tional jour­ney back to where her award­win­ning The Anony­mous Man se­ries orig­i­nated. Through a mix of spo­ken-word po­etry and au­dio­vi­sual se­quences, Lisa ex­plained the health con­cerns and heartache that led her to find so­lace in cre­at­ing her lay­ered, il­lus­tra­tive pho­to­graphic works. A printed im­age pro­duced by Lisa in Welling­ton dur­ing In­fo­cus, en­ti­tled The Anony­mous Man #34, also formed a stun­ning art piece in cel­e­bra­tion of the event. A stand-out for many was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween New York fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher Lindsay Adler and World of Wear­able Art (WOW). Lindsay cap­tured gar­ments from the WOW col­lec­tion in a cre­ative fash­ion shoot in her hall­mark clean, bold, and graphic style. Us­ing the Canon 5D Mark IV, Pro­foto D2 kit, and a tri­pod, Lindsay’s demon­stra­tion cul­mi­nated in still im­ages and a cin­e­mato­graph. A spe­cial event, Am­ber Grif­fin Does Bal­let on Ca­ble St, saw the 2016 Com­mer­cial Pho­tog­ra­pher of the Year and 2017 Com­mer­cial Cat­e­gory win­ner run through two live shoots us­ing the Pro­foto B1X and high­speed airTTL. Dur­ing her later pre­sen­ta­tion, Am­ber spoke on why she feels that es­tab­lish­ing and dom­i­nat­ing her niche within dance pho­tog­ra­phy was the key to her suc­cess in the pho­to­graphic in­dus­try. Emo­tional en­ergy was height­ened as Craig Wet­jen shared his on­go­ing pho­to­graphic project and book Men and Their Sheds. By be­ing in­vited into the sheds — and, equally, the lives — of men through­out Australia, Craig’s im­ages pro­vide an in­ti­mate, of­ten en­ter­tain­ing, in­sight into the is­sues that pri­mar­ily af­fect men. Sharon Thomp­son’s pre­sen­ta­tion was equally pow­er­ful; a doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­pher by trade, she shared her still­birth pho­tog­ra­phy and spoke on turn­ing tough times into tri­umph, fears into for­ti­tude, and how to put your heart back into your art. Pho­tog­ra­phers left Welling­ton with note­books filled and blood pump­ing, yet the NZIPP said that next year’s In­fo­cus is set to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever, with prepa­ra­tions al­ready un­der­way. There’ll be “an­other must-at­tend event in July, 2018,” said Kaye.

©Lisa Saad, The Anony­mous Man #34 Am­ber Grif­fin, Mali Com­lekci from the New Zealand School of Dance Lindsay Adler, World of Wear­able Art, The Float­ing, by Yan­jingt­ing Chen, worn by Lucy Aitchi­son, dressed by Felic­ity Mount­ford, makeup and hair by...

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