Waitangi Series - Gil Eva Craig
In Waitangi Park, central Wellington, there is an urban wetland I have been photographing over the last six years. It is near to the site of the original Waitangi lagoon, which was used for centuries by Māori for food gathering, as there were eels, fish and shellfish within it. It was also a source of fresh water, and where waka were launched into the sea.
The topography of the wetland is always changing, from a lush rippling sea of green grass through to barren dry husks and stalks. The city council come in and trim back the reeds, hoons toss empty JD premix cans into the crannies between rocks, and patches of the tall grass are regularly squashed down by human activity.
This set of four images is from a series of nine, which I took from late summer and into winter of this year. The wetland is a living entity, and these images capture it's vitality and energy, and I also hope, something of its past spirit.
Gil Eva Craig has exhibited in group and solo exhibitions at Photospace Gallery since 2013. This exhibition runs in conjunction with one by Ann Kilpatrick from 4th to 19th October, 2019, at Photospace Gallery, 1st floor, 37 Courtenay Place, Wellington New Zealand.
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