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Through The Lens | Nelson Provincial Museum

The Nelson Provincial Museum opens its third locally produced exhibition in the past six weeks with a unique view of Nelson Tasman. Or should that be three unique views?

Through The Lens presents the work of a trio of highly-acclaimed local photographers. Stuff Visual Journalist Braden Fastier is a winner of multiple Voyager Media Awards (including jointly winning Photographer of the Year), Nelson Provincial Museum photographer Tatsiana Chypsanava is a New Zealand Geographic Award-winner, and entrepreneur Andy MacDonald is a highly commended New Zealand Geographic Finalist. These three present a series of striking images that capture the region’s distinctive landscapes and topical events, along with the flavour of everyday life.

Meeting up as Finalists at the New Zealand Geographic Awards late last year, MacDonald and Chypsanava were surprised to realise how many talented photographers live in the Nelson Tasman region. “Our representation was disproportionate – I guess the area is creatively inspiring!” says MacDonald.

After connecting up with other photographers back in Nelson, MacDonald, Chypsanava and Fastier decided to get together to form the ‘Toru Collective’ with a view to providing peer support and advocacy for each other. “We all started thinking about how we could take things more seriously if we got together” says Fastier.

“I’m already part of an international women’s group and it’s been working really well for me,” says Chypsanava, “but it’s a real source of strength having people to bounce ideas off who live in your own back yard.”

“Nelson Provincial Museum has a long-standing connection with Nelson photographers” says Museum CEO Lucinda Blackley-Jimson. “Our collection holds over 150,000 photographic images, comprising a vital record of the Nelson and Tasman region, and includes the UNESCO recognised Tyree Studio collection. It’s fitting that we build on this legacy by showcasing the exciting work by these talented contemporary artists.”

Through The Lens is the third of three exhibitions currently on display at the Nelson Provincial Museum that have been produced in collaboration with people and organisations from the Nelson Tasman region. Opening last week, Enigma, an art installation by Sue Heydon, is an artistic response to old man’s beard (Clematis vitalba) in New Zealand. Rugby: 150 Years On, presented in association with Nelson College Old Boys’ Association, Nelson College and Nelson Rugby Football Club, first kicked off as an online exhibition in May before touching down as a physical display at the Museum last month.

Through The Lens is available to view at the Nelson Provincial Museum from now until Sunday 4 October 2020.

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