Janet Ford - 'Necessary Distraction' group exhibition at Photospace Gallery, Wellington, 3 June to 2 July, 2022
Janet Ford – Reunited
I set out to capture a sense of my local community, knowing that the landscape, people and happenings of Te Motu Kairangi presented endless stories. I met and photographed some wonderful people.
Deep down though, I struggled to connect as I usually do. The familiar suddenly felt isolating.
These photos embody my community in 2021. My family atop and around the Miramar peninsula, enjoying the freedoms and togetherness that we are lucky to have, even during lockdown. An empty airport, providing much needed quiet and stillness on the world, yet stopping me from flying south.
Reunited at Christmas with the family I longed for. My Dad and son working on a project in my parents’ century-old workshop, packed full of treasures connecting us all; my late grandmother smiling at us from an old photograph. Coming together for ‘smoko’ every day.
Te Motu Kairangi / Miramar Peninsula, [August 2021], nos. 1-3
Wellington airport, [August 2021], nos. 4-6
Family home in Dunedin, [December 2021], nos. 7-12
Printed by Picaflor Fine Art Printing on Ilford Smooth Rag 310gsm
With thanks to my family.
Note: Janet's photo series are displayed in the main gallery room and gallery room 3.
Photography Matters II