Thursday, July 24, 2008

Victory of The Trivial

Here are some images from a new series of pictures that I will show at the Satellite Gallery in Auckland, opening Tuesday August 26.
Gallery director Shelley Hargis writes,
"The photographs in this new body of work from camera artist Harvey Benge are a departure from his usual take on cities and the urban landscape. Victory of the Trivial none-the-less continues Benge’s exploration into the nature of things and the signification to be found in the banal, the ordinary and the overlooked. Despite the apparent insignificance and banality of the subject matter, these disposable $2 objects seem to take on a life of their own and through his lens we find questions, narratives and strange ambiguities. Here Benge is commenting on systems of production, consumption and value and humankinds ceaseless quest for fulfillment through desire. The victory of the trivial."

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Auckland winter

I continue to make pictures in Auckland walking every day, looking and shooting. Winter here now and for me the first full Auckland winter for many years. Not too cold, not like a Paris winter. Today, a sunny Sunday with a high of 16deg. Nice. This weekend its full on at Les Rencontre d'Arles. Be great to be in the Place du Forum drinking beer with friends. Not to be. Not this year. Here is an Auckland winter picture made in Ponsonby Road 5 minutes from my home.