Ex­hi­bi­tion looks to stars

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Star gaz­ers should pre­pare to be daz­zled with a new as­tropho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion at Te Ko¯ngahu Mu­seum of Wai­tangi.

is ‘‘an as­tropho­to­graphic map of North­land’’ through the eye of Kerik­eri pho­tog­ra­pher Chris Peg­man. The solo ex­hi­bi­tion, which runs un­til Jan­uary 28, fea­tures 25 images of Peg­man’s work show­cas­ing North­land at night.

Works in­clude Astro Doggy (Maitai Bay), Surfer at the Gates of Dawn (90 Mile Beach), Tane Mahuta Un­der the Stars and Watcher of the Skies (Rain­bow War­rior Me­mo­rial). Peg­man says he’s al­ways con­tem­plat­ing panora­mas.

‘‘I feel in awe of the scene be­fore me and I yearn to cap­ture the emo­tion along with the huge­ness of it. I’m so of­ten aware when in front of a land­scape or a night sky that there’s more to life than just this earth.’’

Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds col­lec­tions and pub­lic pro­grammes co­or­di­na­tor Caitlin Tim­mer-Arends says the idea for the ex­hi­bi­tion came about dur­ing a meet­ing with Peg­man en­quir­ing about tak­ing pho­tos at the Treaty Grounds.

‘‘When he showed us one of his amaz­ing pho­to­graphs, the plan­ning of the ex­hi­bi­tion started,’’ she says.

is free for Friends of Wai­tangi and Day Pass hold­ers.

One of Chris Peg­man’s pho­to­graphs fea­tur­ing in the ex­hi­bi­tion.

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