Julian Ward - HUMAN LANDSCAPES Exhibition during February at Virtual TART
Two subjects I enjoy in photography are the mess of life on the streets, and the tangle of trees in the bush. I like the way they are both so similar and stark even though one is moving uncontrollably, and the other stationary. I loosely call these photographs Human Landscapes. For this exhibition I have blended both subjects together, since each inspires the other.
Julian Ward - Photographs
Wellington, New Zealand
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One of my photographs in the exhibition: Being Chinese in Aotearoa: A Photographic Journey. At Auckland Museum. See photograph here.
Virtual TART - Human Landscapes - Julian Ward
Exhibitions see here
F11 magazine has published a 40 page article about my street photography work. See here
One of my photographs is on show in an exhibition 'Chinese in New Zealand' in Beijing. A group show for several months. See photograph here Details here
My Early Auckland Street Photographs are on exhibition at the Unseen Niche Gallery in Amsterdam this month. They have also made a magazine as a give away and will send copies soon. See details here
Just received a site message from a lady with connections to the town of Ierapetra on the south coast of Crete. I spent some time in the town in 1975 and took hundreds of photographs.
Here is the content of the email: A photo in your Ierapetra, Crete 1975 gallery. Τhe children photographed are acquaintances of mine. What a great surprise for them after all these years!! Thank you so much!! :)
It's 40 years since I was there and the children will now be in their 40s and 50s. This is fascinating that she found my work and memories are so long. See the Gallery below.
Longbush Trees: Longbush (the narrow gap between road and bush or farmland) is an upper road near the old bush line in the Wairarapa, New Zealand. These rugged old trees follow the road and rivers and become very beautiful after days of rain (when the bark gets soaked black) and soft wet light. It's perilous gumboot country once off the road with mudbanks and swamps. It's also a place where some locals dump rubbish and dead animals - not at all pleasant. I've just discovered this place and it will be an on-going project. Only in bad weather - the sun is my enemy. See the Gallery here
Four of my photographs are showing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wellington. See link here See Photographs Here
Latest Book Available
Wellington Streets - Julian Ward
As with Winogrand and Lee Friedlander his formal sense seems to be instinctive, a highly-attuned ability to frame an image in an instant. Seemingly snapshots, their structured excellence becomes all the more apparent the longer you look. What’s more, there’s a consistency in his oeuvre expertly replicated in this beautifully-paced book. It’s a very modest publication but it records much, much more than a modest talent. Read More:
Streetwise by Peter Ireland - Eye Contact
02/16 Video Interview of Julian Ward by David Fairey
Comment by Lindon Wilkie:
Jan 2016: Over the Xmas break I spent some time looking at work by various NZ photographers. Your work is clearly my favourite. You have a strong eye for story-telling in images, for finding the unusual in the usual, and for a sense of humour (a rare talent in 'found' photography). But I think I like your landscape work just as much. As a NZer who has lived away from NZ now for 13 years, there is real resonance for me in some of those images. They convey a kind of unvarnished truth to me, in a way that the NZ picture-postcard landscapists do not at all. When NZ seeks to project itself on the world stage it is that latter look that you see, and people say "wow! NZ is so beautiful". Well, it is, that is true. But it’s also how we NZers have treated that landscape, how we have shaped it in a very unsentimental way. All those relentless paddocks, rows of wind-break trees, wire fences, sheds. And as you arrive at places inhabited, the dairies, pubs, general stores, then shopping parks and endless sprawl of particularly un-beautiful architecture. I'm struck now, when I visit, at the sprawl and the ugliness of what we do to our amazing landscape. I love your sense for the unusual in everyday scenes, your sensitivity as a portraitist, and for landscapes that are at once essentially New Zealand, yet far from the saccharin style we so often see here. Linden Wilkie (Hong Kong) 01/2016
Dec 2015: My work is featured in D Photography magazine: See Here called Street Photography as a Cultural Record. Featuring Julian Ward, John B Turner and David Cook. Quote:
“I‘m not socially conscious,” he admits. “I’m not interested in the state of humanity. I’m not interested in saving the world. I’m not interested in photographing down-and-out people or people with issues and problems. I don’t do any other kind of photography, not even family photos. I don’t take assignments. I don’t do documentary [photography] at all. I don’t tell stories.
“It’s the very essence and familiarity of a city which I enjoy,” says Ward, who has been shooting since he was 14 and is never without his Leica M9 camera with its 35mm f/2.0 lens when he is outdoors. “To observe the rhythm of light, shadows, reflections, and groupings of people. To return to the best spots and wait and wait …”