The man who took New Zealand photography to new heights

The man who took New Zealand photography to new heights

Lloyd Homer said he has had unfortunate pleasure of capturing some of New Zealand’s most historic natural disaster. PHOTO: JORDAN KING

Lloyd Homer is one of New Zealand’s most influential geological photographers with almost 40 years of photography under his belt.

While he was enthusiastic at having an exhibition in his honour, he said he could not see what all the fuss was about.

“It’s hard to believe people are making such a big deal about my photos, some of them are just of rocks.

“I know that I was very lucky to have the job that I had and I treated every opportunity that came my way like it was my last.”

Homer’s exhibition was opened to the public this past weekend (May 6) at Upper Hutt’s Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre (EAEC).

A son of the Hutt Valley, the exhibition saw almost 100 people attend for the informal gallery launch and talk.

Known for taking his photography right to the edge, Homer had several experiences of luck in his life lifetime.

Having escaped with his life from three aviation accidents, the geographical photographer was never scared to go the extra mile for the perfect picture.

Close friend Marilyn Olds described Homer as a man without fear.

“Having been in his fair share of accidents over his photography career, I guess it is a true reflection of just how brave a man he was having got back in those planes. He’s like a cat really, the man has nine lives.”

Exhibition organiser and geologist Simon Nathan said the exhibition was a celebration of “one of New Zealand’s top flight photographers”.

“I put this whole thing on as a way for people to share in their love of Llyod’s work and truly appreciate everything he has done in the geological photography space.

“We have been friends for close to 60 years and I thought it was only right I do my part in helping showcase his images.”

The exhibition had been planned to run alongside the publication of a book Nathan was currently writing on Homer’s work, but EAEC only had spaces free at this time.

Homer shot many of New Zealand’s natural disasters and was typically the first man on the scene.

Homer covered many historical events over his career,including the Inangahua earthquake in 1968 and Mount Ruapehu eruption in 1969.

The exhibition is free until July 1. Nathan planned to have the book finished early next year.

 

 

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