Wheelchair is no barrier for this artist
Having five slipped discs and a chipped back would be cause for many to give up on their passion but that is not the case for Tokoroa’s Denise Capper.
Capper, who sustained her back injuries while nursing, is a keen self-taught nature photographer and with the help of a mobility scooter she gets out most days with her camera to capture the beauty of her neighbourhood.
Whether it be dew filled spider webs at Lake Moananui, an eerie moon eclipse, dramatic skies, vibrant flowers in her garden, or her favourite fluttering fantails, she’s there to capture it all.
After 20 years of snapping away she now has a vast collection of photographs. The self described, ‘shy photographer’ has only ever shown her photos to a select few who, by chance, have crossed her path.
She proudly displays a few works on her living room wall but the vast majority have been kept hidden in boxes, on discs, and in albums, never seen by anyone.
‘‘I don’t know who else who would be interested in them but when I do show them to people they do think they are beautiful,’’ she said.
‘‘I have taken heaps, I have no idea how many, but I just love nature and there is nothing else for me to do so why not do this.’’
She said she also take photographs in Taupo, Rotorua, and Tauranga, when she gets a chance.
‘‘I take photos of the seaside, all the lakes, birds, horses, and cows. I just love animals and have an interest in everything to do with nature, I really do,’’ she said.
Capper said too few people stop to enjoy nature as they are constantly caught up in their busy lives.
‘‘People are just on their phones and computers all the time, they forget to appreciate what is around them,’’ she said.
As for running an exhibition she said someone with the right expertise would need to step in.
‘‘I wouldn’t know how to do it or who to give them to as I am too shy and wouldn’t know what to say to people,’’ she said.
‘‘I just love taking photographs and have an idea of what I want to photograph in my head all the time. I will continue to do this until the day I die.’’
‘‘I don’t know who else who would be interested in them but when I do show them to people they do think they are beautiful.’’
Denise Capper is often seen out and about in Tokoroa on her mobility scooter with her camera.