Sam Hart­nett

In this is­sue, our long-time con­trib­u­tor pho­tographed an Auck­land apart­ment (p.110), a house by Claude Meg­son (p.136), and one by Ken Crosson in Coro­man­del (p.98).

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How would you de­scribe your ap­proach?

I pre­fer to work with hard di­rec­tional light, so I start by fever­ishly check­ing the weather re­port. I usu­ally end up cir­cling the build­ing mul­ti­ple times, tak­ing the same shots in vari­a­tions of light – as the light changes, the forms change. Com­ing from an art pho­tog­ra­phy back­ground, I prob­a­bly fo­cus more on tex­tures, light, form and ma­te­ri­als. I think a lot about paint­ings when I’m shoot­ing. The Meg­son house was con­stantly bring­ing Mrku­sich to mind – his paint­ings would look great in that house.

Tell us a bit about your own home.

We live in some­one else’s home, but it is also our favourite home, and we don’t want to leave. We used to drive past and dream of liv­ing there, then one day it was of­fered to us. It’s a brick 1940s mod­ernist home on top of a vol­canic la­har and looks out in ev­ery di­rec­tion. It has a feel­ing of per­ma­nence and his­tory which we have grown very fond of.

What else are you work­ing on at the mo­ment?

I’ve been fly­ing kites with the kids, it’s like fish­ing with­out the mess, very re­lax­ing.

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