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Vakamanu (Filipe Tohi, 2008)

Vakamanu (Filipe Tohi, 2008)

This bird creature is my favorite sculpture from Filipe Tohi’s exhibition at the Mangere Arts Centre, featured here on Wednesday.

Crafted from (grey) andesite stone, and displayed in soft light on a grey floor, I found it a challenge to get a satisfactory image.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

(I know, an ALL GREY picture, won’t cut it on the day of the rugby world cup final – but at least it’s not TOUT BLEU; go the ALL BLACKS! Ooooops, how did the colour slip into a black-and-white post?)

Added after the game: NZ vs France 8:7.


  1. Roberto

    Really, a beautiful sculpture of a bird. Seems to have a very interesting texture.

    Regards, Roberto, Brazil

  2. Lesley

    And the word verification if ‘rugby’!

    As soon as I saw this I was imagining the challenges you must have had in photographing it (and in the post processing!) Well done.

  3. Lachezar

    Beautiful piece indeed

  4. EG Wow, Canada

    It looks to me a big challenge to photograph this and you succeeded!

  5. rejen

    Great sculpture…;D

  6. Gunn White

    Nice art!
    CONGRATULATIONS to NZ on Rugby!!

  7. John McDevitt

    I love the textures in the photo.

  8. Dragonstar

    You rose to the challenge well. A study in pale tones and gentle textures.

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