NZ cap­tured in stun­ning pho­tos

Manawatu Guardian - - SERVICESDIRECTORY - — Linda Thomp­son

I am New Zealand: Aotearoa Through many Eyes

Var­i­ous au­thors, Pen­guin Ran­domHouse, $45

Yum yum yum. It’s not of­ten you open a book and get ac­tual goose­bumps. I am New Zealand is one. Nikon in­vited the na­tion’s pho­to­graphic com­mu­nity to build an im­age map of the coun­try on­line. Pho­tog­ra­phers around the coun­try jumped at the chance to cap­ture their bit of par­adise, from the tip of Te Paki at Cape Reinga to the Catlins in the deep south.

Yes there are spec­tac­u­lar seascapes, de­serted wilder­ness and craggy moun­tains that we’re fa­mous for. But there’s also a Cuba Street DJ, two old hip­pies yarned through a win­dow in Thames, a wet night at Brit­o­mart. It’s all cap­tured in here in glossy colour and the odd black and white. Each is ac­com­pa­nied by a very few words from the pho­tog­ra­phers — pro­fes­sion­als and ama­teurs — about what they have cap­tured. At the back each thumb­nail has pho­to­graphic tech­ni­cal de­tail for the purists.

A bril­liant and dif­fer­ent look at what makes our coun­try unique. A keen pho­tog­ra­pher, I read through the whole book with my jaw dropped in envy — and won­der­ing if I should switch al­le­giance from Canon to Nikon.

There’s no point in buy­ing this beau­ti­ful book to send to the rel­lies over­seas. You’ll just end up keep­ing it your­self.

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