Charm of unusual photographs stands out amid postcard images

Photo: Cooper Marsden
Photo: Cooper Marsden
Stephen Jaquiery reviews I Am New Zealand: Aotearoa Through Many Eyes. Published by Penguin Random House.

An eclectic collection of images from a wide range of photographers is the result of an online invitation by Nikon.

They asked their camera users to share their best moments of creative expression or technical precision inspired by the people and places that make up our country.

While there are a number of the expected postcard pictures — the Wanaka tree, Milford Sound, Nugget Point at sunrise — much of the charm of this picture book comes from pictures taken outside the norm.

A beautiful reflection photograph of the Blackhead Roman Baths at daybreak by Dunedin’s Samuel Bingham features on the cover.

As is the trend today, astrophotography features quite prominently and an index at the back of the book gives budding photographers the technical details of each shot.

I am not sure how Ohakune will feel about being represented by a dead wasp (pictured), but the back story is cool. It was taken by 11-year-old Cooper Madsen to help cope with ADHD.

Royalties from sales go to the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand.

- Stephen Jaquiery is ODT illustrations editor.

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