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

    Regards, Roberto, Brazil

  2. 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. Beautiful piece indeed

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

  5. Great sculpture…;D

  6. Nice art!
    CONGRATULATIONS to NZ on Rugby!!

  7. I love the textures in the photo.

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

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