Pho­tog­ra­pher snaps up pres­ti­gious prize

The Leader (Nelson) - - FRONT PAGE - SARA MEIJ

Motueka woman Kim Fal­coner’s dis­tinc­tive pho­tos look some­thing like paint­ings from another world.

The nurse by night and pho­tog­ra­pher by day has been awarded the pres­ti­gious as­so­ciate award by the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety NZ.

Fal­coner said she’s al­ways had an in­ter­est in tak­ing pho­tos, dat­ing back to join­ing a pho­tog­ra­phy club in high school.

‘‘I was do­ing black and white stuff in the dark room, that was al­ways fun.’’

When she moved to Motueka from Queen­stown she joined the Motueka Cam­era Club, and she’s the first mem­ber since the group was founded a decade ago to re­ceive the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Only a hand­ful of pho­tog­ra­phers are awarded the ti­tle each year, with the port­fo­lios de­scribed by the Pho­to­graphic So­ci­ety NZ as ‘‘akin to an one-per­son ex­hi­bi­tions’’.

The port­fo­lio was judged on ad­vanced skills in a range of ar­eas, in­clud­ing cam­era use, com­po­si­tion, aware­ness and use of light­ing, pro­cess­ing, pre­sen­ta­tion and artis­tic qual­i­ties.

Work can be in the form of print or pro­jected im­ages, in the cat­e­gories ‘open’, ‘na­ture’, ‘sci­en­tific’ and ‘tech­ni­cal’.

Fal­coner said she pre­sented her port­fo­lio of 12 pho­tos to a board of six mem­bers, who de­cided whether or not her work met the ‘‘ex­tremely high’’ stan­dards.

‘‘I got it the first time I ap­plied and I do know many peo­ple that are not so suc­cess­ful the first time around.’’

She said lots of doors had opened for her once she made the switch to us­ing a digital cam­era.

‘‘Once I re­ally started to un­der­stand Pho­to­shop and its pos­si­bil­i­ties I found my groove.’’

Ev­ery one of her fi­nal art­works com­prises of about 30 dif­fer­ent pho­to­graphs.

‘‘I take thou­sands of pho­to­graphs and then I do days and days, some­times weeks, in Pho­to­shop af­ter­wards to make it into an image.’’

Fal­coner said she had done a ‘‘fair num­ber’’ of wed­dings and ‘‘ab­so­lutely loved’’ pho­tograph­ing new­borns.

‘‘It’s quite spe­cialised but magic.

Fal­coner said she would like to make pho­tog­ra­phy her full­time job in the fu­ture, but at the mo­ment en­joyed work­ing as a part-time nurse.

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Kim Fal­coner’s pho­to­graphs look like they’re from another world.

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Kim Fal­coner says once she got a grip on Pho­to­shop she re­ally found her groove.

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