Tuesday, May 18, 2010

It Must Be New Zealand

Photos of New Zealand by Brian Sweeney. Clockwise: Lake Wairarapa; Dunstan Range, Central Otago; Wakatipu Basin, Queenstown; Raumati South, Kapiti Coast

My good mate Brian Sweeney has been sending me great photographs of New Zealand that he has taken on his travels for a decade or so. He has a beautiful eye for hitting exactly the right note and always makes me feel homesick for my adopted country. One large photograph of sheep on his farm in Central Otago sits above Stella’s bed in my Grasmere home. It is reminiscent of New Zealand in every detail.

A friend of mine at Telecom sent me a new book of New Zealand photographs by Fay Looney, It Must be New Zealand. It reminds me of Brian’s work. Fay captures the colours of our multi-cultural nation in a way that is truly moving. Her eye sees true cultural colour as if she was seeing the world for the first time. It really is looking at the world through the eyes of a baby. The book’s published by New Holland Publishers NZ Ltd and is available in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and South Africa. If you feel like a drop of home or a touch of New Zealand adventure, then buy this book.