Te Moko 2

madworld

Whangarei, New Zealand

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Artist's Description

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

May 2011 Juried Invitational Exhibition

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