24 May, 2018
Peter Latham is a pre-eminent New Zealand photographer whose artistic career spans twenty six years thus far and his work has been sold through various New Zealand galleries for the past fourteen years.
Peter’s new book “Looking For The Light (Vol.1)” has recently been published and was a number of years in the making. Rejigit has much enjoyed this very high quality, hard cover book (380mm wide x 260mm / 2.5kg) which includes two hundred and thirty of Peter’s most iconic New Zealand images together with extensive and informative narrative. The book can be purchased online via http://www.peterlatham.com/buy-looking-for-the-light/ and also booksellers throughout New Zealand.
During a brief chat with Peter, he mentioned the significant cost of state-of-the-art photography equipment. By way of example, he is considering investing in a PhaseOne / Alpa 100 mega pixel camera system at a cost of circa $100,000. PhaseOne is a Danish manufacturer of high-end camera equipment and photographic technology. He also described how strenuous it can be carrying photography gear up a mountain, i.e. camera body, five lenses, batteries, tripod etc can weigh up to 25kg. Peter's professional focus is solely on landscape and closely related photography such as the representative images contained in Looking For The Light.
Lindis Pass, Central Otago
The book also includes a description of the impressive array of equipment Peter might usually take on a photographic expedition; Mamiya 645 AFD medium format camera plus a Phase One P65 Digital Back, Phase One 28mm f4.5 wide angle lens, Mamiya 80mm f2.8 lens, Mamiya 35mm f3.5 lens, Mamiya 120mm f4 Macro MF lens, Mamiya 45mm F2.8 lens, Mamiya 210mm f4 telephoto lens, Mamiya 55mm f2.8 lens, GigaPan EPIC Pro, Nikon D810 36MP 35mm camera, Sigma 150-600mm f5-6.3 telephoto lens, Manfrotto 058B tripod, Manfrotto Carbon One 440 tripod, 32GB compact flash cards, Lowepro Pro Trekker 400 AW camera bag, Lowepro Photo Trekker AWII camera bag plus miscellaneous other gear and spare batteries etc.
Beautiful Rain, Langs Beach, Auckland
Whispering Arches, Lake Waikaremoana, Te Urewera
High Country Muster, Lake Clearwater, Canterbury
Silence, Careys Bay, Otago
Bonjour Akaroa, Canterbury
Banks Peninsular, Canterbury
Awaroa Beach, Abel Tasman National Park
Stretched Canvas Tryptych - Dancing Mist, Fiordland
One of Peter's large photographic installations is a feature in Auckland International Airport's female bathroom in the airside departure area, one of ten new bathrooms included in the airport's current building program. The high resolution photographic landscape image below is printed directly onto low-iron glass. Photographic specs: 60Mp PhaseOne + Mamiya AFD 645 + 45mm lens. 1 sec f22 ISO400. Eight frames stitched. The image is also available as a thirty six frame 2.5 Gb "Untouched Extreme" high resolution panorama for installations up to 4m high x 12m wide.
Korokoro Stream on the shores of Lake Waikaremoana
Images courtesy of Peter Latham