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What’s On: Point of View Photography Exhibition

Photographers Stephen Tilley and Petra Leary have teamed up to present Point Of View.  As part of the 2020 Auckland Festival of Photography, the pair have curated an exhibition of dramatic imagery that explores their considerations as award-winning visual artists through digital portraiture and documentary aerial photography.

The exhibition includes a dozen haunting images by Stephen Tilley, who is best known for his fashion and portrait photography. Focusing on parts of the body from head to toe, Tilley distils the human form to an aesthetic essence. “Influenced by the chaos and darkness the world found itself in during lockdown, I revisited a polaroid technique that’s been a thread throughout my 20-year career in my personal work,” says Tilley.

Work by Stephen Tilley.

‘To evolve this approach, I explored how digital imagery could be harnessed to achieve similar results as polaroids and I stumbled upon a lighting technique that created an exaggerated dreamlike effect. This technique resonated with me, especially when life felt surreal and mysterious. It introduced a new point of view and allowed me to explore paradigms of life: movement and stillness; lightness and darkness. I found freedom in the
movement of making each image, I found light in the darkness.’

In tandem, Leary explores contemporary craft and technique in a six-image exhibition of awestriking aerial photography. Giving a new perspective to everyday situations and subject matter, Leary goes beyond the obvious by creating imagery with a drone camera. Her strong use of colour and elegant geometric composition are complemented by a perceptive use of light to reshape ordinary settings into the extraordinary.

Work by Petra Leary.

‘In my photography, it’s my goal to take familiar settings – be it an urban street, waterway or landscape – and give people a point of view they wouldn’t usually have,’ says Leary. ‘Getting distance from a subject can bring new insights – elements feel familiar but unexpected narratives emerge from the ground up. I consider everything in composition, from colour harmony to exaggerating shadows and playing with depth of field.’

The Point of View exhibition can be viewed at STUDIO 58, Level 1, 15 Williamson Ave, Grey Lynn between 11am to 3pm and will run until 12 June.

Rolex opens the doors to its first New Zealand boutique

Luxurious timepieces have a new home right in the heart of Auckland’s bustling CBD. New Zealand’s very first Rolex boutique opened its doors this week much to the delight of Kiwi watch fanatics.

The slick boutique is located right in the heart of Queen Street’s luxury shopping precinct – with the likes of Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Prada just moments away.

Occupying the ground floor of a heritage-listed building, the new space spans over 100 square meters. Inside, you’ll be able to experience the team’s wealth of knowledge where Rolex timepieces are concerned in an elegant setting that reflects the character of the iconic watchmaking brand.

Inside the new Rolex boutique on Queen Street.

The interior design of the boutique has been crafted with Rolex’s rich heritage in mind. A striking emerald green feature wall is a homage to the iconic Oyster timepiece – the world’s very first waterproof wristwatch, as do the textured walls which feature hand-crafted stucco panels in a pattern that recalls the fluted bezel of the Oyster watch.

For over 30 years, New Zealand’s go-to destination for high-end jewellery and timepieces, Partridge  Jewellers, has helped Kiwi fans get their hands on Rolex timepieces. The opening of the new boutique sees Partridge Jewellers partner with the brand once again to mark the start of the next chapter in Rolex’s New Zealand.  “We have five stores presently stocking Rolex and we are delighted to be opening a dedicated Rolex Boutique in Queen Street, Auckland. This is the first and only Rolex Boutique in New Zealand,” said Mr Grant Partridge.

Visit partridgejewellers.com to discover the Rolex range.