These photographs are all taken in and around the shore at Castlepoint, East Wairarapa, New Zealand. Ambiguous, fractal, austere or luscious, sometimes all at once, these pictures were taken at waist height, looking vertically down, using an iPhone. No cropping or ‘shopping.
Ian Andrews has worked in many artistic media (wood engraving, jewellery, music, poetry) but this is his first photographic exhibition.
'Mini Sandscapes' runs at Photospace Gallery, 1/37 Courtenay Place, Wellington, from 4th to 21st August. The opening is on Friday, 4th August, 5pm to 7pm, along with Nick Servian's exhibition 'Dummies for Windows'. You are welcome to join us.
Gallery talk by Catherine Adam and members of the Printing Museum - Friday 1st September, 5.15pm
UPPER CASE lower case
A photographic exploration into an industry-turned-craft — Letterpress
by Catherine Adam.
Letterpress: A mechanical impression-based printing technique from a bygone era that utilizes raised metal and wooden type to imprint words on a page.
Johannes Gutenberg perfected the practice of letterpress in the fifteenth century and from here it became the primary form of printing and communication for more than 500 years. But then some thirty years ago this method of printing came to an abrupt end with the invention of digital printing technologies.
Today, letterpress has evolved into an art form, rather than a standard printing practice. It can’t compete with digital printing in terms of speed of production, but for many enthusiasts the world over, myself included, pushing pixels around the screen just doesn’t have the same satisfaction as working directly with ink, wood, metal and paper.
This project combines two of my passions, typography and photography. It is a visual documentation of New Zealand’s Printing Museum in action. Thank you to the team of volunteers at the museum for welcoming me, my camera and my many questions into the museum.
Catherine Adam is a freelance graphic designer and photographer based in Paekakariki on the Kapiti Coast.
Catherine Adam's exhibition 'Upper case, lower case' is part of the group exhibition 'Four' at Photospace Gallery, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington, running from 25th August to 16th September, 2017.
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