Wheelchair is no bar­rier for this artist

South Waikato News - - Your Paper, Your Place - LUKE KIRKEBY

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.

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