Volcanic Aotearoa New Zealand tells Māori legend stories of love and war between New Zealand’s volcanoes, it is a story of how I faced my fear of volcanic activity, and it shows my journey with film photography since 2019. All the photos in my book were made using medium format film cameras, the Mamiya 7, the Mamiya 6 and Hasselblad 503CW.
Volcanic activity is known for its destructive effects on the landscape and people. However, Volcanic Aotearoa is a photography project that captures the beautiful colours and organic shapes of New Zealand’s volcanic landscape. It is a collection of photos that encapsulates a three year study of New Zealand’s volcanic and geothermal National Parks, Conservation Areas and one World Heritage Site.
Forward by Bruce Percy - Adventures in Abstraction & Analogue Volcanoes<br>If I were to say the word ‘volcano’ to you, I am confident that you would instantly ‘see’ a cone shape in your mind’s eye. The shape of any volcano is instantly recognisable to all of us. They have one of the most iconic shapes of our world. Stephen has settled upon using this iconic shape to unify his imagery.