Capturing on a camera
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I am proudly Rotorua born and bred and have three girls — Holly, 18, Jade, 8, and Shay, 7.
My partner Carla is a school teacher and I do my best to stay busy as a contract photographer.
■ How long have you been a photographer for and how did the job start?
My photography career began at Rotorua Museum where I was employed as a technician/ photographer.
My job was to help set up exhibitions, photograph incoming collection items, and work in a very small darkroom where I would hand print from old glass plate negatives.
Rotorua has an incredible legacy of being photographed from the ■ earliest days of the Pink and White Terraces to today, and the Museum has an incredible photographic collection which represents this.
■ Where do you get inspiration from for your work?
Like most photographers, I am inspired by representing what I see around me in my own unique way.
My museum years taught me the power of photography as a document of today for future generations.
I have just finished the 2018 Young Achievers which are currently on display in the Rotorua Library.
These Rotorua youth are incredible to work with and it is always a joy and a challenge to create images which are a document of where they are now before they head off to create their future.
■ What do you enjoy about photography?
Photography is a key that can open many doors to people and places you would otherwise not experience.
This, as well as its endless learning curve, are what I enjoy most.
■ What do you have coming up and what will you be up to in the near future?
Next week I am working for the Bay of Plenty DHB, the Rotorua Daily Post, and the Bay of Plenty Times.
In terms of my own work, I have an old, large-format film camera which I hope to have up and running soon and I can’t wait to see what creative paths it takes me down.
Andrew Warner is a Rotorua photographer.