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Love And Food

Bob Raw was an engineer who lived in New Lynn for nearly fifty years. He was an amateur photographer who took great pleasure in documenting his family at home. An exhibition of some of these photographs (of which he took hundreds) has been curated and is on display at the Corban Estate Arts Centre. It sounds, I’ll concede, quite boring.

But it isn’t! I was a bit surprised. I’m not a fan of New Zealand history, or nice family photos, or tweeness, or New Lynn. But these photos are far more than they might have been, more than the style makes you assume. Raw is a shrewd observer of human interaction and expression, and has a knack for capturing interesting viewpoints of familiar situations. There is a sense of humour that pervades his work, and the way he approaches it gives his photos an almost journalistic quality. I was reminded a little of W. Eugene Smith’s photographic essays for Life magazine in the early fifties, although I’m not absolutely sure why.

Anyway, if you’re keen to have a look at something a bit different then this may pleasantly surprise you. Art isn’t just for young people on K’Rd with skinny jeans and lopsided haircuts, real people can make it too, without even setting out to do so. Bob Raw took photos of his family because he loved them and he loved photography, and that was enough for him. Fair enough too.

Also in the room next to it there’s an exhibition which will reinforce all your negative stereotypes about amateur photography, digital photography, suburban artists and Great North road. If you’re feeling particularly vindictive and/or masochistic.

Love And Food:
The Family Photographs of Bob Raw

Corban Estate Arts Centre
426 Great North Road, Henderson, Waitakere City
22nd May – 21st of June 2009
Open 7 Days 10am – 4.30pm

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The Effort of Being a Lady in the Modern World

I've just embarked on a new radio venture with fellow radio enthusiast and friend Louise Evans.

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Brain Storm / Cut To The Chase / Further Alphabetising

Over at Satellite Gallery at the moment is an exhibition of work by Andrew Blythe, a self-taught artist based here in Auckland. His work is a mix of pencil, acrylic, charcoal, crayon and even woodblock prints.

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Soundtrack Your Life

I've always been interested in creating the perfect mix for every occasion and, well, even for the day to day mundane activities. Life needs a soundtrack, dammit. Now you can get your mixing fix at 8tracks.com, a website which allows you to upload a music mix, give it a wee description, tag it with some genres and set it free.

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The Corrosive Empire

As if the joys of Te papa and feasible public transport weren’t enough, here’s another reason to pay the capital a visit. Opening on the 20th of May, Wellington’s Pixel Ink Gallery presents The Corrosive Empire, an exhibition of work by KIRAN-X.

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