A. Westra (1970) At the Wellington Trade Fair, retrieved from Deane Gallery, City Gallery Wellington
After our critique in week four, our breather consisted of visiting the Wellington City Gallery, and then picking out a piece of work from a photographic artist model and conducting a short analysis as well as give an idea as to what the 100-word statement is like.
Ans Westra’s photo consists of a white policewoman leaning alongside what seems to be a group of Maori or Pacific male youths. The photo stirs many mixed emotions, but the one most worth noting was how the one individual is cautiously peering over his shoulder, whilst the others ignore her and keep to their own business. Whether this is a harmless act of curiosity, or perhaps a portrayal of the stigma that surrounds not particularly New Zealand culture, but rather white culture and ‘everyone else’. However which concept you wish to consider, the woman seems to be paying close attention to something. The photograph is considered a group shot. The interest lies in the contrast, not only between colour, and also the clothes that all individuals wear. The most focus is directed between the officer and her curious companion, whilst the other two add to the implied narrative but overall do not share the same amount of attention. The photograph, being from 1970, is Sepia-toned, which gives an interesting vintage feel. The focus on the foreground and blurred background suggest this photo was taken with a wide aperture, and also at a fast shutter-speed. As the photo was taken inside, there’s a possibility of an ISO adjustment from 200-400.