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There are many tomes of literature, poetry, walls of art works and libraries full of manuscripts which investigate the intrinsic value and importance, indeed the actuality, of what it is to belong to something, or somewhere. The Maori have adopted these notions deep into their culture, as have nearly all native and indigenous cultures. The story of belonging talks of that welcoming feeling that we have when our spirit feels at rest, and when we aren't at need to fight for our breath.

The Maori culture also transcends its tribes and is diversely and broadly adopted amongst the Kiwi culture as a whole. My favourite expression of this belonging is the idea that one becomes, or belongs to a river, or water. For me, I was drawn to Lake Tekapo, in the South Island's high country.

These images of New Zealand's South Island and in and about Christchurch before the earthquakes are purely photographic in treatment.

Thanks go to my friends, the Kiwi lot.


About the Author

Luke Pellatt
lucaslight Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Thoroughly absorbed by the processes of making images and addicted to binding the stories together for others to experience, Luke (AKA Lucas) Pellatt achieved an Hon in Fine Arts at the Hobart School of Art and has furthered his interests and passion for the photographic arts as modestly as possible. You will find his images in international collections and magazines around the world.

Publish Date  October 28, 2012

Dimensions  Standard Landscape  62 pgs Premium Paper, lustre finish

Category  Arts & Photography

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