Photographer snaps up prestigious prize
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.
Kim Falconer’s photographs look like they’re from another world.
Kim Falconer says once she got a grip on Photoshop she really found her groove.