Living in the moment
March 20, 2018
The winning photographer of the inaugural Wainuiomata Art Exhibition draws on the natural beauty of the environment around him.
Local man Craig McGhie, 47, won first place in the photography section of the exhibition for Wairere God Rays which depicts Skerrets Creek at the start of the Whakanui Track, where McGhie regularly walks.
“I just love that part of the scene, how the water cascades over the rocks.”
McGhie manages Cannons Creek Boxing Academy during the week and takes to photography in his own time, usually when he is exploring the Orongorongos in Rimutaka Forest Park.
“I just like capturing that moment. Life’s all about little moments and you can relive those moments through photos,” he said.
McGhie was “blown away” by the local talent on show at the exhibition.
The exhibition, held for the first time this year at the Wainuiomata Community Library, featured about 70 pieces expressing the theme, ‘the essence of Wainuiomata’.
Along with photography, submissions included paintings, drawings, textiles, wooden works, glass works and multimedia.
Co-organiser Chloe Young echoed McGhie’s comments about the quality of submissions received. “I am so impressed, amazed at the artwork and I appreciate it so much, it is just incredible. We have so much talent here in Wainuiomata.”
Young said 50 to 60 people visited each day.
The exhibition, which ended on March 18, went so well the organisers plan to make it an annual event, Young said.