Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

October 23, 2011


Filed under: Art,Black and White,Not West — paul @ 6:45 am
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

    Comment by Roberto — October 23, 2011 @ 7:48 am

  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.

    Comment by Lesley — October 23, 2011 @ 8:54 am

  3. Beautiful piece indeed

    Comment by Lachezar — October 23, 2011 @ 10:15 am

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

    Comment by EG Wow, Canada — October 23, 2011 @ 2:46 pm

  5. Great sculpture…;D

    Comment by rejen — October 23, 2011 @ 5:40 pm

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

    Comment by Gunn White — October 23, 2011 @ 10:50 pm

  7. I love the textures in the photo.

    Comment by John McDevitt — October 24, 2011 @ 10:03 am

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

    Comment by Dragonstar — October 24, 2011 @ 10:16 am

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