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THE WELLINGTONIAN, OCTOBER 6, 2011
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By GREG WHITBURN
Behind the camera: Photographer Peter Black falling in love.
Photo: REBECCA THOMSON
If you frequent central Wellington
you've probably crossed paths
with photographer Peter Black.
He may have even looked at you
and thought, I love you, just for a
Black's new photography book, I
Loved You The Moment I Saw
You, attempts to document the
strata of Wellington society.
The photographs feature a
range of people around busy Wel-
lington streets, from politicians
and shoppers to a man holding a
sign adorned with quotes from the
Bible, to a man re-rolling
cigarettes at a cafe.
Black, who has been a photogra-
pher for more than 30 years, said
the project avoided the tricki-
ness'' of most street photography,
such as extreme wide angles or a
It's not about the photographer
being clever. I wanted to get back
to simplicity. Wanted to capture
the feeling of falling in love with
the subject,'' he said. But don't
forget, it says the moment. And it
is only for a moment.''
Some of the photographs are of
poor and/or homeless people, and
the reactions people have to them.
The people who live on the
street -- they're powerful images.
They're quite disturbing images
for most of us. It's something that
we don't really want to look at, we
But I'm not in their shoes. I
have love for this guy as much as
the guys with money,'' he said.
Victoria University Press pub-
lisher Fergus Barrowman said
response to the book had been
It's the mix of extra high-
quality photos as artworks and
the really raw view of the streets
of Wellington,'' he said.
It's fantastic in terms of com-
position and colour, but then you
can think of it as a more politi-
cally engaged essay.
The work, to me, is so strong
that it had to be published.''
Black said the magic of pho-
tography was that it showed us
moments that we all miss.
What I'm trying to do here is
just say, Hey, this is it, this is in
front of you. Look at it.' I mean
the world's wonderful -- just look
at it. It's incredible,'' he said.
He didn't seek permission
before photographing people, but
said he had never had any com-
If they're aware, the photo-
graph loses authenticity. When
people do notice that I photograph
them, they get what I'm doing,'' he
Globetrotting Shakespeare fan shows love
Shakespeare devotee: Neenah Dekkers performing Falling Sparrows, Here
or There at Zeal. It's a play based on Shakespeare's Hamlet.
By DAVID DUNN
William Shakespeare may be
nothing more than an English
subject to most teenagers, but to
Neenah Dekkers, he is a passion
that has taken her to the other
side of the world.
The 18-year-old from Ngaio
went to London earlier this year
to perform at Shakespeare's
Globe, a reconstructed version of
the original Globe Theatre.
The first time they took us into
the Globe was just absolutely
overwhelming,'' she said.
Dekkers has been performing
Shakespeare's plays in the
regional Sheilah Winn
Shakespeare Festival since year
10.In her final year of high school
she was chosen to perform in the
I got selected from there to go
over to London, which was quite
mind-blowing -- still is, actually,''
Dekkers and other Young
members took part in
workshops on movement and
voice training before acting
in a performance in Shake-
speare's Globe at the end of
She said the workshop
organisers did well to calm
everyone down and make
them feel comfortable in the Globe
before their show.
It wasn't as scary as I thought
it could have been.''
One of the reasons Dekkers
enjoyed performing and directing
Shakespeare's work so much was
from seeing some poorly put-
together productions, she said.
Plays not done so well, or the
rare ones that were done really
well'', inspired her to try to bring
something different and original
to her performances.
By studying Shakespeare for so
long, Dekkers said she had
learned of hidden meanings in
some of his plays' lines, such as
Romeo and Juliet's iconic a rose
by any other name would smell as
I found out that line was actu-
ally Shakespeare ripping into the
Rose Theatre because the Rose
Theatre used to be a brothel.''
Dekkers said she could not pick
a favourite Shakespeare play,
because she liked every one she
had been involved with.
It's almost impossible, I love so
many of them,'' she said.
I used to think I had
favourites, but then I realised I
just love them all.''
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