Rakiura | Seeds in the sand

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Rakiura is a place of wild and desolate beauty. It is rugged, unforgiving and brutally alive. From lush rimu forests to miles of wide sands open to Antarctic currents and winds, it is a place in which the role of man as custodian of the wilderness is a delicate balance of repentance, repair and withdrawal. […]


In early 2013 I was working as a photographer for the Department of Conservation on Stewart Island taking photos for publicity of the Rakiura Great Walk (see brochure here) and other conservation activities that were going on.  When I got back from that trip and began the huge job of processing and editing photographs taken over three solid weeks […]

Background and location details

Little Bungaree Beach Little Bungaree Beach on the eastern side of the island has a lagoon that runs behind a wooded peninsula on which the beach sits. I’ve always been drawn to very simple images of small things, and have quite a collection of photographs of sand. The structured-but-unstructured-ness and apparently accidental alignment is somehow comforting: […]

Further information

… a combined project between Signs of Life Photography, Ryan Youens Music, and the Auckland Symphony Orchestra. To preview or purchase the printed book, please go here. For information about our successful Kickstarter campaign, please go here. To read the article about this project on D-Photo, please go here. For more information on travel, tramping, […]