The Mahurangi Group: Matakana 2011

This is an annual exhibition held in Matakana each year, featuring the work of professional artists from around New Zealand. This year, twenty-nine artists participated.

Artist's Statement

Gone Tomorrow

Our rural environment is changing: subdivisions are springing up, villages are being redeveloped and roads are being sealed.

My main photographic project in recent years has been to capture the changing roads of my area around Leigh. I am looking at the places we rush past en route to daily destinations, and documenting my surroundings as they change - for one day, many of these scenes will exist only in memory.

The photos in this series are all in a square, black and white format. I chose this format because it echoes the work of earlier photographers and scenes like these will also pass into history. These two photos were taken using a Rolleicord camera made in 1954, which seems fitting, as I am recording the remnants of an earlier era.

In the last year I have turned my attention to the details along the way, rather than just to the roads themselves.

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