THIS YEAR’S 65TH PSNZ National Convention held in Auckland at the wonderfully accommodating Waipuna Hotel
and Conference Centre in Mt Wellington closed to rousing reports of success from all stakeholders – delegates, trade sponsors and keynote and other presenters.
A solid two years of planning by a dedicated committee, drawn from the Auckland Photographic Society (APS), resulted in a convention that ran like clockwork.
From the opening of the Canon National Exhibition and the trade stands on Thursday evening, to the AGM and subsequently to
the closing remarks from PSNZ President Peter Robertson LPSNZ on Sunday, ลาวสามัคคี
the programme presented by Photography on the Edge (PotE) was diverse and challenging.
With a carefully chosen lineup of international and local New Zealand guest speakers
the programme was compiled to ensure there was an even balance between educational learning,
information technology, inspirational workshops and interesting field trips.
The Convention opened in the manner it intended to continue – unexpectedly
and in a challenging manner with an appearance by local comedian Matt Stellingwerf.
This certainly put delegates on notice that they were in for a slightly different atmosphere at this 65th National Convention.
The opening keynote speaker was the ever enthusiastic Peter Rees. Currently based in Waiheke, Pete took us on a journey through the art of painting,
showing how that impacts on the way he sees, how he views the world, and ultimately how that history impacts on the imagery he is making now.
Canon sponsored keynote speaker Darren Jew toured delegates through a wonderful underwater world of experience and majesty.
Leica brought us Stu Robertson with his moving tale of learning to photograph people, from capturing images of people from behind, to images of people unawares (often sleeping)
and finally to the face to face photography that has become the lynchpin of his amazing 10,000 hands project.
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