ĀHUA – Visions d’Aotearoa Nouvelle-Zélande par Himiona Grace

HIMIONA GRACE

Voyageurs du Monde Agency – Grenoble > from 17 mai to 7 september 2019

ĀHUA – Visions from Aotearoa New Zealand by Himiona Grace

In Te reo Māori, Himiona Grace’s mother tongue, the word « Āhua » means to form, make, shape something or someone’s appearance or likeness. It has something to do with aura, with Nature. For the Māori photographer and filmmaker, the word has so much meaning; it merges all the senses into one. Vision is what makes it coherent for the filmmaker to be a photographer and vice versa.

When asked what makes Himiona Grace click, the answer comes straight, organic, raw: LIGHT! The light that surrounds him in Aotearoa-NZ is what catches his eye, even though landscape, people and events do as well. Before travelling himself, he had not fully understood why so many visitors to his country declared the light in Aotearoa amazing. Indeed, photography is a craft that involves the composition of light and texture, and for Himiona Grace, it also involves emotion. This is how he talks about his work:

Photography is a personal thing for me. When I look back over my collection I remember exactly what I was thinking and feeling at the time I took each photo, regardless of how many years ago it was. Unless it is a professional job, I am not too concerned with the technical side of photography. Craft and composition take a second place to emotion.

Living in Aotearoa (New Zealand) I have endless opportunities to photograph the beauty that surrounds me. I absolutely belong to this place. I am a part of the land, sea, sky, people and culture. And being a part of this environment is what shapes and makes me who I am. So I do not just take photos. The vision and emotion I feel are gifts.”

Gifts that he is now willing to share with us by showing the life, love and culture that he sees, feels and experiences everyday in New Zealand.

Himiona Grace, a photographer with a vision

Himiona Grace is one of these multi-talented artists who master a guitar, a camera and a film camera. Brought up in a family of artists, he naturally developed his abilities. He was given a camera when he was 10 years old and became instantly hooked on photography. It was a cheap plastic point and shoot, which of course used 35mm film. Even at that age it was more than a hobby. He used to deliver papers in his small town and used the money to buy ice cream sweets and develop the negatives. His art teacher at high school was a photographer too. When he saw how keen Himiona was, he set up a darkroom and the boy learnt how to develop his own images and loved it. He remembers: “I was a terrible artist and relieved to be able to put the paint brushes down. I probably wouldn’t have graduated if it wasn’t for photography.”

Himiona Grace has exhibited three times in New Zealand, twice in local art galleries and once at the prestigious Pataka Museum, in Porirua. With Āhua, Visions of New Zealand, he shares his work with a French audience for the first time.

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