Landscape moonlight photography that interprets and represents archeological Maori Pa sites in Auckland/Tamaki, New Zealand.
A unique aspect of greater Auckland’s landscape is the numerous volcanoes nestled amongst its suburban sprawl. These quiet mountains are ‘marked’ and sculptured by generations of pre-colonial Maori that thrived for many centuries in and around the volcanoes.
The Tamaki Pa series explores the Pre-colonial Maori world through the man-made earth works; observing their fortification design, living and food-storage pits, terraces and its surrounding environments.
Exploring the subjective use of light, creates a movie-like-Fauvism-painting colour scheme with a distinctive tonal range between the sky and land forms. Suggests a narrative beyond the objective conventional landscape compositions. The land, stars, clouds and ocean make reference to the Pacific Island Maori culture and seafaring navigational skills.
Produced on a Digital 35mm Camera on a 17-35mm lens exposed under nocturnal moonlight conditions using long exposures.