Kingsland photographer Cari Hill will showcase her travel photography in a combined exhibition at Studio 541.

An intrepid Auckland photographer is giving the public a glimpse into far-flung corners of the world through her new exhibition. 

Kingsland photographer Cari Hill, whose images have appeared on at the Natural History Museum in London, said she hoped her pictures would give people a new perspective on other cultures.

She will put on exhibitions. The first called The Faces of The Land is a portrait series offering an insight into the lives and personalities of the Maasai, a semi-nomadic people who live off the harsh and unforgiving terrain in Kenya and northern Tanzania.

A young Myanmar boy's smiling face is one image included in 'The Heart of Myanmar' exhibition.


A young Myanmar boy’s smiling face is one image included in ‘The Heart of Myanmar’ exhibition.

Considered to be some of the tallest humans on earth, the Maasai people average about 190cm in height.

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All of the images in the collection were taken during a period of volunteer work Hill undertook in a remote region of Kenya while travelling across Africa in 2015.

A Maasai baby held by its mother.


A Maasai baby held by its mother.

They were tasked with creating a project which would make money for the village in order to send its children to school and pay for supplies, Hill said.

“We came up with the idea of taking the villagers’ portraits and make calendars and greeting cars to sell, and then give the money back to the village.

“I’ve taken my favourite ones out, and they have never been exhibited in a proper setting before,” she said

The second set of images, The Heart of Myanmar, is a street photography series taken throughout Myanmar in 2017. Formerly known as Burma, the country recently opened its doors to tourism, despite still struggling with long-standing ethnic strife and a tumultuous history.

The pictures aimed to offer an insight into the real Myanmar and it was a tribute to its customs and the traditions of a traveller’s paradise, she said.

“While yes, there is a lot of turmoil going on in the country, I wanted to show there is a whole nation of beautiful warm people.”

This showcasing is Hill’s second solo photography exhibition, with her first one taking place in 2014.

The Faces of The Land and The Heart of Myanmar will run from March 14 to 25 at Studio 541 in Mt Eden. Admission is free.

 – Stuff


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