Tag Archives: Alan Haig

Art For Art’s Sake

Last year, we had so much fun covering Dunedin art exhibition openings and promoting local artists. We were blown away by the exceptional talent and diverse styles. Here’s a selection of their work …

Painting of Di Lusso bar by Craig Freeborn

Painting of Di Lusso bar by Craig Freeborn

'The Vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello Communities' by Alan Haig

‘The Vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello Communities’ by Alan Haig

'Egg Cup' by Nicola Hansby

‘Egg Cup’ by Nicola Hansby

'Clownfish and Anemone' by Anthea Ibell

‘Clownfish and Anemone’ by Anthea Ibell

'Untitled' by Phil Madill

‘Untitled’ by Phil Madill

Bus shelter, Company Bay, painted by Daniel Mead: a tribute to John Noakes

Bus shelter, Company Bay, painted by Daniel Mead: a tribute to John Noakes

'Generational' by Abby Smith

‘Generational’ by Abby Smith

'The Sun Is But A Star' by Franky Strachan

‘The Sun Is But A Star’ by Franky Strachan

'Feathered Friends' by Mary Thompson

‘Feathered Friends’ by Mary Thompson

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Just The Boys

It’s time to reflect on the year that’s just ending. Let’s start with some of the multi-talented guys we’ve enjoyed featuring this year. In alphabetical order …

Finn Andrews

The captivating frontman of The Veils dazzled us with his musicianship when the band played at Sammy’s in July. The Veils are currently back in New Zealand and will be performing locally at Rhythm and Alps at Cardrona near Wanaka (New Year’s Eve).

Finn Andrews at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Finn Andrews at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Nathan Berg

This American musical prodigy changed direction to become an economics/mathematical hotshot and now works at the University of Otago. But he still finds time to wow audiences with his bass playing at Circadian Rhythm Cafe Friday night jazz sessions as part of the trio Philtre.

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Nathan Berg, a beautiful mind

Wesley Fourie

South African-born Wesley, model and blogger, has raised the bar of Dunedin man-style, favouring local labels such as NOM*d and Company of Strangers. Check out some of his looks here.

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Wesley Fourie on Edinburgh Way

Alan Haig

This locally born music legend has brought Dunedin’s beautiful scenery to our attention through his photography. Greetings cards featuring Alan’s photos can be purchased from Digiart and Design (Port Chalmers) and Portobello Gallery which also sells his prints. This week, the Sunday Star Times rated the re-released 1988 Snapper EP (Flying Nun label), in which Alan plays drums, as a musical “standout” of 2013.

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

Frits Homburg

Where would the Dunedin cultural scene be without Frits and his exuberant partner in crime, Debbie? Their stylish cafe, Purple Rain, is the perfect venue for musical extravanganzas and retro parties. Frits’ extensive knowledge of vintage clothing and collectibles comes in handy at Dunedin’s Vintage Roundups.

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Frits at The Vintage Roundup, Princes Street (7 September 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton

Local musician Richard shows that Dunedin musical talent is alive and kicking. He is the lead singer of Males who have recently released the album ‘Run Run Run/Males Males Males’. They opened for The Veils in July and will be supporting Die! Die! Die! at Chicks Hotel on New Year’s Eve.

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy's (19 July 2013)

Richard Ley-Hamilton at Sammy’s (19 July 2013)

Sam Ralph

Flamboyant Otago Polytechnic Fashion graduate, Sam, is alas no longer in Dunedin, having chosen to pursue his dream of becoming a designer across the Tasman. His acclaimed capsule collection of menswear was much admired at iD Dunedin Fashion Week 2013.

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Sam Ralph with his own sock designs in Barkers, Dunedin (March 2013)

Jon Thom

Central Otago-raised artist Jon (of Dunedin’s Moodie Tuesday) designs some of the best t-shirts in New Zealand. You can find them on celebrities including Colin Mathura-Jeffree and X Factor’s Tom Batchelor. His original artworks are highly sought after. Jon was one of the artists featured in the ‘Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor’ exhibition held in Wanaka in November.

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

Jon Thom in his studio (July 2013)

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Dunedin Through the Lens of Alan Haig Photography

You won’t find anyone who embodies the spirit of Dunedin more than Alan Haig. Dunedin born and bred, Alan has been a major contributor to the local music scene for decades, having played in iconic Dunedin Sound bands such as The Chills and, more recently, David Kilgour and The Heavy Eights. He has now turned his considerable talents to photography. We asked Alan a few questions about his latest endeavour.

What prompted you to move your focus from music to photography?

I have been a musician for the last 30 years starting in the early eighties which is now known for the ‘Dunedin Sound’. I contribute my original ideas to assist the others to get a musical piece finished. I always have a picture in my mind while performing musically. This combination makes me who I am. These days I have been giving live music a break but am experimenting with sounds at home. It now gives me the time to focus on my photography hobby. I do like the idea of combining my still imagery with my own musical soundtracks, a long term goal.

The vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello communities

The vibrant Port Chalmers and Portobello communities

Low tide in Portobello

Low tide in Portobello

How long have you been working as a photographer professionally?

It would be nice to become a professional photographer but at this stage it remains as a hobby. With the help of Sam Clarkson of Clarkson Design, I set up my photography website initially to get my images out for public viewing and feedback. I’m keen to establish myself professionally and welcome any enquiries about commissions.

Broad Bay

Broad Bay

Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula

Hoopers Inlet, Otago Peninsula

What is your preferred subject matter?

I love landscapes and as I gain more experience new ideas evolve.

Black & White images are a favourite and enforce the basic rules of actual film photography. Colour does have a lot of distractions but does have its place. Street/Urban is another area which I enjoy. All these descriptions tend to cross over in subject material so I just go with what the image means and categorise it accordingly.

The Sound Shell, Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Sound Shell, Dunedin Botanic Garden

The Quad, University of Otago

The Quad, University of Otago

Are there any New Zealand or overseas photographers who influence your work?

I look at what other photographers are doing from the likes of Facebook and various photo websites. There are some great ones out there. Locals such as Ian Bilson, Alistair Reid and Chris Reid are long-term friends and mentors and I admire their work. I subscribe to the British magazine Black & White Photography which is full of inspirational articles and examples of fine images. Lee Frost and Tim Clinch, both professional, produce some great work which I aspire to and they write excellent articles in this magazine.

A historical building in Dunedin's First Church grounds

A historical building in Dunedin’s First Church grounds

The 'Nigel Bruce' Steam Train at the Dunedin Railway Station

The ‘Nigel Bruce’ Steam Train at the Dunedin Railway Station

You use a wide variety of techniques in your photographs. Are these techniques easy to achieve?

I experiment with different darkroom techniques digitally these days. It’s amazing how one single image can be manipulated in many different ways. Thankfully I have had some experience in the ‘real darkroom’ and shooting with film to have a reasonable amount of knowledge to apply to post production.

I print my images using Ilford ink jet papers. It’s personally satisfying having the final control in producing the idea. Printing digitally requires some dedication but is worth it at the end.

I can imagine the huge number of great photos taken by others that are locked up in a hard drive to be viewed only a few times and forgotten.

Ilford has just produced a dedicated Black & White ink jet paper called Mono Silk, which is stunning. I have started using this and it is producing some excellent results.

Steam train activity at the Dunedin Railway Station

Steam train activity at the Dunedin Railway Station

The vacant Gresham Hotel

The vacant Gresham Hotel

Alan Haig

Alan Haig

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