Light box Photographic image 580 x 495 mm
“roOm” is the artist name that I create and show my work under. I was Wellington-based for 19 years, but have relocated to Tūranganui-a-Kiwa, Gisborne, in recent years. I am interested in the anonymity that photography can bring. When you take a photo, people focus on the image and the camera.. not the artist behind it. I like the idea of the artist being invisible and letting the camera do the work. I love the personal vision that photography brings out – my eye sees things differently to yours and yours different to mine. I also like trying to capture solitude and isolation in my images, traveling to remote or over-looked locations to photograph at dusk, dark or low-light. As a photographer I can’t improve or recreate nature, but I can communicate ideas by bringing a touch of humanity (the good and the bad) to my scenes, using props and objects in natural landscapes to talk about the world around us. My work has been selected for the NZ Art Show People’s Choice Awards 6 times and I was awarded the Signature Art Award in 2017. After my success at the NZ Art Show over the past years, I have completed commissions, exhibitions and am represented in galleries nationwide. It has been an incredible and humbling experience.