Tui moko kauae by madworld

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When I was young I saw a painting of my great grandmother wearing her feather cloak. She held a greenstone mere in her hand and wore greenstone earrings. On her chin like many woman back then she had a moko which to this day has intrigued me. I have always wanted to photograph woman and men with moko but they are few and far between…until today when Tony pointed out Tui to me. I stalked her to the womans room and was trying to work out how to approach her when she approached me. And this resulted in a series of photos back at our house. And below is her story.

My name is Tui Roman. I am Nga Puhi, Ngati Whatua ( which are maori tribes in NZ ). My ta moko was done by Abe in Dargaville. It represents an Imperfection / reflection. It was given to me by my tupuna ( family ) meaning any imperfection is a reflection of my life.

She was delighted to have her images taken and I will be forever grateful that such a woman as her choose me to do it for her.

Taken with Canon 50D, prime 50mm lense


  • luckylarue
    luckylarueover 3 years ago

    Awww Trace, this is brilliant, I love how you frame her perfect lighting. I love you story… it gave me chills. love ya babe!!!

  • Thanks Lucky, her story is one of strength, shes an amazing lady

    – madworld

  • catherine walker
    catherine walkerover 3 years ago

    there is something so lovely about this lady’s face, it’s kind of mesmerizing..maybe she speaks of an ancient wisdom .. maybe it’s her face telling a story of an ancient culture where" nature is life" the world needs to listen more to indigenous peoples on this planet if we are ever to survive I think…such a wonderful photo such a beautiful face ..well done!

  • Thanks Catherine. Isnt it a wonderful face, so full of a life lived and a knowledge. Thanks so much for such a wonderful comment

    – madworld

  • Lisa Baumeler
    Lisa Baumelerover 3 years ago

    Amazing Tracey!! The photo is perfection and I love your write-up!

  • Thanks very much Lisa, so pleased you like it :P

    – madworld

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 3 years ago

    Gorgeous gorgeous!

  • Ah thanks Anne, Im over the moon you like these images :P

    – madworld

  • SunseekerPix
    SunseekerPixover 3 years ago

    terrific words and its a great portrait, full of life and wonder.

  • Thanks sunseeker, pleased you like it :P

    – madworld

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature
    13 April 2011

  • Yayy thanks Kimba :P

    – madworld

  • LauraZim
    LauraZimover 3 years ago

    Really wonderful image.

  • Thanks Laura, pleased you like it :P

    – madworld

  • Cat2be
    Cat2beover 3 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature
    15 April 2011

  • Thanks Kimba, most honoured

    – madworld

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 3 years ago

    April 18, 2011

  • Thanks for the support Teresa, very much appreciated

    – madworld

  • LindaJBazor
    LindaJBazorover 3 years ago


  • THanks so much for this feature, very much appreciated

    – madworld

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