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Time-lapse photos and music bring New Zealand landscapes to life

Jul 8th, 2013 | By | Category: Editor's Picks, Latest News, Most Popular, News

Joe MichaelMAIN

LIGHT and sound captures some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery in Pataka’s next exhibition.

Time-lapse photography combines with electronic music for freelance photographer Joseph Michael’s show Dark Cloud: White Light, opening at the Porirua gallery next week.

Michael, above, spent a year putting together his show using 2D and 3D technology to portray 12 landscapes over 24 hours.

Michael, who has previously worked on The Hobbit, says he started using time-lapse when he became frustrated at missing good photo opportunities.

“I found that every time I pulled the camera away or stopped the recording that that’s when something amazing would happen.”

Each clip has an original soundtrack.

One of the tracks is by Michael Hodgson, from electronic duo Pitch Black, who manipulated the sound to be driven off what was happening on screen.

The photographer says the hardest challenge for he and his crew was getting to locations with heavy camera equipment, which included five super high-resolution cameras, four tripods and twelve lenses.

The image Michael is most proud of is from the Routeburn Track in Fiordland because it was the most difficult to get, and it is the most prominent in the exhibition.

“The Routeburn one was the most difficult because we went up there and it was raining.

“When it rains too hard it just destroys the shot and we couldn’t keep shooting.”

“We were up there for about a week and I think we had pretty much run out of food, batteries, cards, everything and it was on the last day when we managed to get the shot that’s in the exhibition”.

The group could only stay on the track for the extra day because a friendly DOC worker gave them some food.

Pataka director Helen Kedgley describes Michael’s landscapes as dramatic, powerful and haunting.

Dark Cloud: White Light will be at Pataka Museum in Porirua from July 14 until October 13.



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is a Whitireia journalism student covering Porirua, Titahi Bay, Mana and Plimmerton. He has a BA in History and Political Science from Victoria University.
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