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American Granite


Wed 11 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Thu 12 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Fri 13 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 14 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm
Mon 16 Jul 2018, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Photospace, Level 1, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: sarb2

There is a view that taking photographs of objects and scenery somehow interferes with our enjoyment or experience of being in the moment, especially when we are out in the wilderness.

However, the reality is more nuanced than this simplistic view. Taking photographs can also heighten our sensibilities and sensitivity and increase our engagement in our experiences. For me, walking around a snowbound Yosemite National Park was a truly wondrous experience.

My wife and I were amongst the last to be admitted into the Park for two days as the snow mounted up and transport options both into and out of Yosemite became difficult.

Many of these photographs were made wandering around with a Park Ranger in sub-zero temperatures one morning. I went back to my room so cold, that I couldn’t actually move my fingers for a few minutes.

I remember nervously checking my camera memory card that my fingers were working well enough in the field, that I had actually pressed the shutter when I thought I had.

This exhibition will be supported by Dr Johal's public lecture on 6th July (6.30pm) at Wellington Central Library, Mezzanine Floor, entitled 'Does photography ruin our enjoyment of wilderness experiences?'

Dr Sarb Johal is a Clinical Psychologist and Photographer. He enjoys experimenting with different styles of photography, including documentary, portrait, travel and landscape photography. He has been taking photographs for as long as he can remember, first using 110 and 126 film cameras, before moving on to 35mm film with a Praktica B100.

He was an early adopter to digital photography, and has recently adopted the Fujifilm mirrorless system. These photographs were made with a Fujifilm X-T1 and 18-55mm lens. He almost didn’t bring his camera on this particular trip.

This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of the US Embassy in New Zealand and Fujifilm New Zealand.

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