Capturing on a cam­era

Rotorua Weekender - - News -

Tell us a bit about your­self.

I am proudly Ro­torua born and bred and have three girls — Holly, 18, Jade, 8, and Shay, 7.

My part­ner Carla is a school teacher and I do my best to stay busy as a con­tract pho­tog­ra­pher.

■ How long have you been a pho­tog­ra­pher for and how did the job start?

My pho­tog­ra­phy ca­reer be­gan at Ro­torua Mu­seum where I was em­ployed as a tech­ni­cian/ pho­tog­ra­pher.

My job was to help set up ex­hi­bi­tions, pho­to­graph in­com­ing col­lec­tion items, and work in a very small dark­room where I would hand print from old glass plate neg­a­tives.

Ro­torua has an in­cred­i­ble legacy of be­ing pho­tographed from the ■ ear­li­est days of the Pink and White Ter­races to to­day, and the Mu­seum has an in­cred­i­ble pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion which rep­re­sents this.

■ Where do you get in­spi­ra­tion from for your work?

Like most pho­tog­ra­phers, I am in­spired by rep­re­sent­ing what I see around me in my own unique way.

My mu­seum years taught me the power of pho­tog­ra­phy as a doc­u­ment of to­day for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.

I have just fin­ished the 2018 Young Achiev­ers which are cur­rently on dis­play in the Ro­torua Library.

Th­ese Ro­torua youth are in­cred­i­ble to work with and it is al­ways a joy and a chal­lenge to cre­ate im­ages which are a doc­u­ment of where they are now be­fore they head off to cre­ate their fu­ture.

■ What do you en­joy about pho­tog­ra­phy?

Pho­tog­ra­phy is a key that can open many doors to peo­ple and places you would oth­er­wise not ex­pe­ri­ence.

This, as well as its end­less learn­ing curve, are what I en­joy most.

■ What do you have com­ing up and what will you be up to in the near fu­ture?

Next week I am work­ing for the Bay of Plenty DHB, the Ro­torua Daily Post, and the Bay of Plenty Times.

In terms of my own work, I have an old, large-for­mat film cam­era which I hope to have up and run­ning soon and I can’t wait to see what creative paths it takes me down.

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Andrew Warner is a Ro­torua pho­tog­ra­pher.

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