Had an enjoyable interview last night with Brian Crump on Radio New Zealand. He was keen to talk about my photographs on the new New Zealand bank notes (shown below). Listen to the interview here. We’ve had lots of nice feedback about it, thanks.
NZ bank notes, showing some of the photos by Rob Suisted
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Today’s news carried an article on my photography work on the NZ Stamp annual, NZ postage stamps, and the NZ bank notes just annouced. Full story here.
Wellington photographer Rob Suisted, whose work features on stamps and on the newly designed New Zealand banknotes.
The article by Dave Crampton mentioned I’ve done previous NZ Post annual stamp book covers, so here’s some of the back story to those covers.
NZ Post annual stamp book covers by Rob Suisted, urging us to take a closer look at our native fauna
I’ve worked with Nicky Dyer of Strategy Design in Wellington on these for several years now. The 2012 cover used one of my favourite images, and the last couple of covers have been very interesting. 2013 cover involved filming rare NZ native geckos on a black background which involved an afternoon wrangling this cute little joker. 2014 proved to be much tougher.
Nicky called me and said they’d like to do a stunning cover focussing on our rare and little known giant carnivorous land snails, Powelliphanta. Jeepers I thought, it’s winter and they’re not going to be very mobile in the cold. Always up for a challenge I accepted.
The job involved setting up a makeshift macro studio in the back of my jeep, talking to snail experts, before heading across on the interisland ferry for a few days. Of course that night turned very cold, meaning that snails would not be active. Luckily I’d managed to get out at dusk and spend a few hours searching for snails. It took about an hour to find my first, and several others shortly after. I was fortunate as overnight a good dusting of snow meant searching become impossible.
Freezing cold, rare snail hunting
These unique snails require warmth to be active, and luckily with the sunny day, and black surfaces, it was enough to coax one out of it’s shell despite the cold air temperature. It did take about 4 hours though (mostly moving on the spot to warm my feet), and I got some stunning and unique portraits to do these giants proper justice. The textures, colours and form are beautiful and I enjoy looking at them.
New Zealand Hochstetter's giant landsnail (Powelliphanta hochstetteri). Threatened NZ native terrestrial mollusc
Have a look at more photos of these rare carnivorous giant landsnails (Powelliphanta sp.). For a closer look at the new New Zealand bank notes, check this out.
My day was brightened with an email from room 12 of Marina View school in Auckland. They wrote explaining they were studying artists, and this week for photography were using my photography as inspiration. They sent me some of their work, and today proudly gave me permission to share some of their photos.
The pupils are year 3, which means in NZ they’re 7 year olds. I’m impressed. Thanks Room 12, and thanks for recognising me.
My favourite is the palm fronds because it has a really nice strong design, but I think you’ve all done very well. Keep up the great efforts. Who knows, I might just see you out and about photographing nature one day?
I suspect Rob knows that I am a bit of a townie!! Before he left for his latest adventure he handed me the transcript of the diary of Mr A Sutherland, well known in hunting circles for his “early exploratory trips and hunting of the Wapiti herds of the Fiordland area” in the earlier part of the 20th century.
Alpine Tarn above the Glaisnock River Valley
Reading this definately gave me a greater insight into the harsh terrain Rob is currently transversing!
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