• Roberta Thornley

Through the nautical twilight sees Roberta explore domestic vessels photographed in the last of the day’s light.

Twilight (or ‘The Golden Hour’ as it is fondly referred to) has always played a special role in Roberta's photography practice. Taught to recognise this brief period of time during her training, Roberta describes it as the moment when an umbrella of sunless sky covers the landscape in soft shadowless light.

It is in this project that Roberta has come to understand that there are officially three distinct phases of twilight: civil, nautical and astronomical. Each of these phases indicates the position of the sun below the horizon while there is still light in the sky.

Through the nautical twilight explores, hones in on and delights in the nuanced qualities of each particular phase.

Opening Hours

  • Wednesday - Friday, 11am - 4pm
  • Saturday, 11am - 3pm


  • 286 Victoria Street
  • Kirikiriroa, Hamilton