A portrait of artist Rudolph Boelee, a Netherlands-born
citizen of New Zealand for 40 years, is one of 37 images in
an exhibition by Christchurch photographer Doc Ross, part
of the Southern Lakes Festival of Colour from April 16 to
21. Photo by Doc Ross.
A poignant exhibition of images inspired by the
Canterbury earthquakes has been added to the Southern Lakes
Festival of Colour next month.
The collection by Christchurch photographer Doc Ross features
portraits of artists, writers and other members of the Garden
City's arts community who, like all residents, were
profoundly affected by the February 2011 quake and its
Called ''37'', the show's inspiration came from the duration
in seconds of the quake which shook Christchurch on February
22, 2011, the effects of which still resonate both physically
in terms of the city's appearance and emotionally among the
people who were affected.
Each of the 37 photographs was exposed for 37 seconds and is
accompanied by 37 words written by each subject, describing
their personal experiences.
''Each person was asked to sit totally still in a chair and
support their head while a 37-second exposure multiple image
portrait was made of them,'' Ross said.
''Some people moved a lot, while others were frozen to the
spot, which reflects the way people reacted differently to
the violent shaking.
''The results are not necessarily how the sitter, or their
friends even, see them. Instead they are records of how we
looked and felt in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
''It is my hope that these unmasked, intense and revealing
portraits, along with those condensed experiences of the
moment our city changed forever, will remind us how affecting
an event like this is.''
The exhibition will be on display in the Armstrong Room of
the Lake Wanaka Centre for the duration of the festival, from
April 16 to 21. Entry will be by gold coin donation.