Tasman Leader : August 15th 2013
8 THE TASMAN LEADER, AUGUST 15, 2013 FEATURE The price we say is the price you pay. No surprises. Jenny Walton e: jenny.walton@A1homes.co.nz m: 022 061 1002 P: 5477301 Show home: 98 Washbourn Drive, Richmond. www.A1homes.co.nz 5232937AA MASSIVE SPORTS SHOE AND APPAREL CLEARANCE CNR BRIDGE & RUTHERFORD STREET PHONE 546 7876 SMITHSONLINE.CO.NZ 50 UPTO % OFF APPAREL MON-FRI 9AM - 5.30PM SAT 9AM - 4PM SUN 10AM - 4PM AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!! Nike Miler Tank Nike Rival Shorts Now $39.95 Now $44.95 RUNNING/ WALKING RUNNING/ WALKING RUNNING/ WALKING Saucony Triumph Now $149.95 Adidas Supernova Glide Now $119.95 Nike Flex Now $119.95 Original price $250 Original price $240 5518701AB 5556256AA C C Ch h ho o oiiic c ce e e Passionate about passionate people Two minutes w ith... Self-portrait: Nelson Mail photographer Marion van Dijk. Photo: MARION VAN DIJK. Nelson Mail photographer of 29 years Marion van Dijk has an eye for the quirky side of life. She often tells people who ask that her job involves photograph- ing everyone and everything from royalty to rugby. She started as a news photogra- pher at a time not many other women worked in the field and over the years has seen a huge shift in the technology used around news photography. A selection of Marion's photos and photographs from other Nel- son Mail photographers Martin de Ruyter, Alden Williams and for- mer photographer Colin Smith are on display in an exhibition Por- traits and Landscapes at The Hos- pice Gallery in Buxton Square carpark until September 27. Marion says it is a cause she is happy to support as the Hospice is a service that touches most people in some way. The Leader sat down with Marion to find out more about her passion for her craft. Tell me how you choose the pictures for the Hospice exhi- bition? My photos are all portraits and I chose not to submit any rich and famous people. I chose to use photos of people from different backgrounds who add a vibrant diversity to Nelson or during their visit to Nelson, like a Dutch woman with her face painted at the market. I really like the photo- graph I took of her because it is crisp, sunny, colourful, creative and eye catching. Most of them are of people who have a passion for what they do in some way or another: potter, veg- etable/berry grower, educator, far- mer, musician, artist. What do you like about news photography? It is a really interesting job. You can end up seeing all facets of life, and some of it is uplifting and some of it is disturbing. But I still believe there are a lot of amazing things that happen in Nelson that people are involved with, also on a human level. Nel- son has a lot of heart. I've photographed three different queens: the Maori Queen, the British Queen and the Dutch Queen; some film stars; Prime Ministers, and high profile artists and sports people over the years. I guess no two days are the same? On any given day you never know what you are going to be faced with and that can be quite excit- ing but also challenging at times, especially if it is covering a tragedy. It's after work that you think about the situation and the outcome, because it is sad. One assignment that really affec- ted me was when I photographed the karakia on the boat for the French Pass dive tragedy, when the families were sending out their thoughts for their loved ones. What do you like photograph- ing? I like quirky things. I like cover- ing the buskers. Once I had to go to a nudist colony and get a photo that was printable in a family newspaper. I do feel very privileged generally to meet so many people from so many walks of life. As a newspaper photogra- pher you get to be in situa- tions or see things that a lot of people would never experience. It can also be personally threatening in some situations. I like stories about people, about their passions and their lives. Human interest stories. I also enjoy covering the arts. When you are not work- ing do you still take photos? If I don't have the big cam- era with me I normally have a happy snappy with me. EvenifIgoforawalkIwill stop to take a photo of some- thing that catches my eye, whether it gets published or not it doesn't matter it's just something I feel like doing at the time. When on holiday if I feel inspired to take photos that's what I do also although sometimes I enjoy seeing things through my own eyes rather than through the lens of a camera. How did you start out? I started as a dark room tech- nician at the Marlborough Express, then as a technician at The Press and then returning to the Marlborough Express as a news photographer before moving to Nelson. Do you miss the old days of the dark room and black and white photos? The good thing about changing to digital is not having to use chemi- cals. But I still love seeing the old black and whites, they leave something to the imagination, they somehow seemed a lot gutsier. Colour photographs are as you see nor- mally. There was always an element of magic in the darkroom. It's been quite interesting though going through the darkroom pro- cess and then on to digital. What advice would you give to an aspiring photographer? Keep shooting, give yourself a project or go out and do a photo- graphic essay of sorts -- just to challenge yourself. Look at your subject and see how many different ways you can cap- ture it: composition, use of light, inspiration, passion, whatever makes you happy and creative. It doesn't cost anything to have thousands of photographs in your camera. Quite different to using film. The art of photographing people, I think is getting a good photo of them, not a bad one. What makes a good news pic- ture? Something that captures your eye or the viewer's eye. Something that tells a story with composition and light. I quite like to get layers in a photograph, having a foreground and background layer. What is your favourite place to photograph in Nelson? Near the sea; Farewell Spit, the Boulder Bank or Tahunanui Beach. It's forever changing, with new discoveries in elements and light. Do you always look at the world and think about what it would look like as a photo? Mostly. I get a bit annoyed if I'm somewhere and I haven't got a camera with me, or I'm driving and I can't just capture something I've seen in a moment's blink of an eye. I'll regret not being able to capture it. But sometimes you've got to let that go.
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