NZPhotographer Issue 27, January 2020

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Photographing My Way Home

I

recently came full circle with my photography,

whilst making an image of a lavender flower head.

It was a beautiful moment to be out in Wellington

Botanical Gardens on a sunny day capturing the

photo and remembering that this was how it all

started.

You see, it was seeing a photo of a flower with a

shallow depth of field in a magazine as a young teen

that launched my interest in photography. The beauty

of the flower must have dazzled me and I wanted to

know how the photographer had achieved the blurry

background so that the flower stood out so naturally

like that. It wasn’t until 2006 when I was gifted a DSLR

from my family and took a career break from ICT

teaching that I started to figure it out. And now with

years of learning and unlearning, I’m able to give

myself complete permission to experience wonder

and photograph flowers just for the sheer meditative

by Natalie Clarke

joy of walking the gardens barefoot and enjoying

pretty things!

My journey with photography has led me to many

places – across the globe and deep into my inner

world – and ultimately to a place of being, which I

feel Denis O’Connor encapsulates in his Rudderstone

sculpture, which I also projected through my

photography that day.

“To walk through Rudderstone engages the body in a

metaphor for the journey that the New World we live in

challenges us to take; the transition from old to new.”

Denis O’Connor

I feel my photography practice is taking on a life of

its own as I settle into life here in New Zealand – cue

cliché shots of ferns unfurling! I’ve been making the

transition from London to Wellington over the last two

and half years – I feel the most at home I’ve ever

been and the Botanical Gardens is part of that and it

has become my favourite playground.

JUST BE!

F5.6, 1/320s, ISO400

A NATURAL BEAUTY

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F5.6, 1/160s, ISO200

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